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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 Spoils of War

The Spoils of War

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The Swiss and their Neighbours, 1460-1560

Tom Scott

Oxford University Press

Despite its Catholicism, Fribourg, as a former subject, sought to revenge itself upon Savoy by laying claim to the northern Chablais (with covert backing from the Catholic Valais) and to Gruyère, whose counts were Savoy vassals. Bern was prepared to accede to some of Fribourg’s demands, but denied it Vevey, which would have given Fribourg a port on Lake Geneva. Fribourg was exposed as a fickle defender of Gruyère, where plans already envisaged partition of the county with Bern. Bern expelled the bishop from Lausanne and annexed his territory, though some communes were later ceded to Fribourg and remained Catholic. Deep divisions over territory saw Fribourg vainly claim half the Vaud. The Vaud communes were ransomed, though former Lausanne episcopal communes and the three common lordships were exempted.

Keywords:   Fribourg, Savoy, Valais, Gruyère, Vevey, northern Chablais, Division of Gruyère, Territorial disputes, ransom of Vaud

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