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The Swiss and their Neighbours, 1460-1560Between Accommodation and Aggression$
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Tom Scott

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198725275

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198725275.001.0001

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The Hereditary Agreement of 1511

The Hereditary Agreement of 1511

(p.45) 9 The Hereditary Agreement of 1511
The Swiss and their Neighbours, 1460-1560

Tom Scott

Oxford University Press

Verdicts on the Swiss War now agree that it was a local conflict which spun out of control. In its aftermath the Confederation reached its final composition, with the admission of Basel and Schaffhausen as full members in 1501 and Appenzell in 1513. Were existing treaties to apply to the new members? Yet the status of Konstanz was still not resolved. Only when Konstanz was stripped of its effective independence in 1510 was Maximilian prepared to sign the Hereditary Agreement with the Swiss the following year. While continuing the provisions of the Perpetual Accord of 1474, the agreement forswore any military assistance, but contained a non-aggression clause and a prohibition on accepting each other’s subjects into a protective alliance (Burgrecht).

Keywords:   new members of the Confederation, status of Konstanz reduced by Emperor Maximilian, precondition of Hereditary Agreement, non-aggression, Burgrecht

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