Bourbaki in Verrières and Lucerne

On 1 February 1871, the French general Justin Clinchard (1820-1881) and the Swiss general Hans Herzog (1819-1894) agreed in Les Verrières (canton of Neuchâtel) on the crossing of the border by the exhausted and defeated French army of 87 000 men and their horses and equipment. The Bourbaki Panorama in Luzern, a European cultural monument, … Read more » “Bourbaki in Verrières and Lucerne”

Charlemagne and Samedan

Charlemagne was the most powerful ruler of the Carolingian dynasty. He was born in 747 or 748, became emperor on Christmas eve in 800 and died in Aachen on 28 January 814. In and around the church of St Peter in Samedan, so the story goes, more than 30 descendants of Charlemagne are buried, more … Read more » “Charlemagne and Samedan”

Castellio, Basel and Tolerance

As a centre of book printing, where Erasmus worked and through its role as a mediator in religious policy, Basel became a place of refuge for religious dissidents and representatives of the radical Reformation in the middle of the 16th century. They engaged in a (multilingual) discussion among themselves and with Basel citizens. When in … Read more » “Castellio, Basel and Tolerance”