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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 Struggle for Geneva

The Struggle for Geneva

(p.111) 21 The Struggle for Geneva
The Swiss and their Neighbours, 1460-1560

Tom Scott

Oxford University Press

Savoy’s aggression towards Geneva devolved upon the League of the Spoon, a band of Savoyard noblemen. The bishop hoped to shore up his dwindling authority by joining the Burgrecht with Fribourg and Bern, but was rebuffed. The Genevan council instead stripped him of the vidomnat and in 1529 instituted its own civic court of justice. The bishop fled and in 1533 was finally expelled. Bern’s adoption of the Reformation in 1528 unleashed a revolt in the Bernese Oberland, which dashed any hope of lending practical help to Geneva. Meanwhile, continuing tensions within Geneva led to the flight of many Mammelus and confiscation of their property. Duke Charles sought cancellation of the city’s Burgrecht. Negotiations led to a judgement which declared the Burgrecht unlawful. Savoy now sought to drive a wedge between Protestant Bern and Catholic Fribourg.

Keywords:   League of the Spoon, office of vidomne arrogated by Geneva, flight of bishop, revolt in Bernese Oberland, flight of Genevan Mammelus, Burgrecht declared unlawful

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