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The Holy Roman Empire and the Swiss Confederation

In a previous contribution, the process of the sovereignty of the present Swiss Confederation has been discussed. Schwyz, Glarus, Uri and Unterwalden did not have the status of city or Reichstadt, but in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries managed to enforce de facto independence and far-reaching legal autonomy from their formal lord, the Habsburg dynasty. … Read more » “The Holy Roman Empire and the Swiss Confederation”

Christianity, Rulers and Raetia

In the beginning of the 5th century and during the 6th century, Christianity had taken root in Switzerland. The oldest church foundations of St. Maurice date from the 4th century, the monastery was founded around 515. In Romainmôtier, Geneva, Nyon, Yverdon, Avenches, Windisch, Augst, Basel, Martigny existed Christian congregations, churches or dioceses at that time. … Read more » “Christianity, Rulers and Raetia”

Swiss Bishoprics and Cultural Heritage

In the centuries between the (slow) dissolution of the Roman Empire (5th century) and the rise of the great Monarchies and dynasties (10-12th centuries), the Church and the bishop were the most dominant social, economic and political institutions with secular power. The diocese is new sovereignty based on an ecclesiastical (diocese) territory, and it possesses … Read more » “Swiss Bishoprics and Cultural Heritage”