Original Swiss Liberation Tradition and its Memorials. Series Cantons of Switzerland

In the High Middle Ages, most of the territory of Switzerland belonged to the sphere of influence of the Lenzburgs, then the Zähringers. In the 13th century, the successful House of Habsburg succeeded in consolidating many sovereign rights. Their sovereignty, especially in the area of central Switzerland, took on an increasingly firm form under King Rudolf I of Habsburg. Autarchic forces opposed this. Highlights of the conflict were the assassination of King Albrecht I in 1307 and the Battle of Morgarten in 1315. Now the original Swiss states of Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden allied themselves. Since then, the Bundesbrief has been regarded as the core document of the soon expanding Swiss Confederation.The chroniclers formed the Original Swiss liberation tradition from the historical facts. First written down around 1470 in the White Book of Sarnen, it received its final fixation by Aegidius Tschudi in the 16th century. Several places of remembrance still tell of this tradition today: Bundesbriefarchiv in Schwyz, Bundeskapelle in Brunnen, Tellskapelle at the lake, Rütliwiese, Türmlifresken in Altdorf, Tellskapelle in Bürglen.On Saturday evening the speaker will present the topic. On Sunday, the Alemannic Institute as a cooperation partner offers the excursion to the memorial sites in the Urschweiz. Separate registration necessary under: Tel. 0761 150 675-70 and Anmeldung@alemannisches-institut.de

Course leader: Dr. Stadler-Planzer, Hans. The course leader is a historian and researches mainly on the history of Urschweiz, author of numerous books and articles in scientific journals.

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