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Habsburg and the Confederation 1386-1499

(Eidgenossenschaft) tried to expand their influence. Lucerne, Zurich, Schwyz, Obwalden, Nidwalden and Glarus undertook raids and war campaigns against the Habsburgs. Leopold III then marched on Lucerne. On 9 July, he met troops from Lucerne and the Waldstätten above Sempach. Little is known about the course of the battle. Only Leopold’s death and defeat are … Read more » “Habsburg and the Confederation 1386-1499”

Swiss Bishoprics and their Cultural Heritage

In the centuries between the (slow) dissolution of the Roman Empire (5th century) and the rise of the great Monarchies and dynasties (10th thru12th centuries), the Church and the bishop were the most dominant social, economic and political institutions with secular power. The diocese was the new sovereignty based on an ecclesiastical (diocese) territory, and … Read more » “Swiss Bishoprics and their Cultural Heritage”

Forgotten Kingdoms on Swiss Territory

One of the most exciting but forgotten kingdoms on Swiss territory existed from 888 to 1032:  namely, the kingdom of Burgundy (not to be confused with its predecessor of 443-534). The origin of the Germanic tribe of Burgundy is the (Danish) island of Bornholm. The Burgunds This tribe descended south in a centuries-long process. They … Read more » “Forgotten Kingdoms on Swiss Territory”