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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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Conclusion to Part II

Conclusion to Part II

Motives and Outcomes

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The Swiss and their Neighbours, 1460-1560

Tom Scott

Oxford University Press

Bern’s newssheet gave a justification for its aggression, couched as a defence of Protestantism in Geneva (though Catholic Valais’s expansion was mentioned), but also to give reassurance that the geopolitical balance of power remained intact, given that the French conquest of Savoy was a fait accompli. The role of Fribourg for control of the Vaud has been underplayed by historians, concerned to emphasize Bern’s unremittingly aggressive intentions. But were not Bern’s motives primarily to neuter Savoy by holding strategic fortresses in pawn, and milking the Vaud financially, rather than controlling swathes of territory? But French designs upon Geneva and Savoy obliged Bern to switch tack. After the conquest, of course, defence of Protestantism did require territorial control. Fribourg’s motives combined territorial expansion and safeguarding Catholicism, while seeking to avoid encirclement by Bern.

Keywords:   Bern’s newssheet, defence of Protestantism, role of Valais, Fribourg, mortgaging and military access versus territorial control, French aggression, Fribourg’s twin-track motives

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