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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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Raids and Retaliation

Raids and Retaliation

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(p.34) 7 Raids and Retaliation
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The Swiss and their Neighbours, 1460-1560
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Tom Scott

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198725275.003.0008

The Swiss mounted raids across the Hochrhein and the Alpine Rhine, as well as taking possession of the bishop of Konstanz’s castles. The Swabian League responded with sorties south of the Rhine. These raids were mostly for booty and were followed by rapid withdrawal: there was no obvious strategic purpose behind them. Both sides employed mercenaries. It is doubtful whether the Swiss had any long-term intention of seizing the southern Black Forest or the Hegau, though military access to the four Austrian ‘Forest Towns’ was an important aim. Nevertheless, individually Zürich and Schaffhausen had territorial ambitions in the Klettgau and Hegau, respectively.

Keywords:   Hochrhein, Alpine Rhine, bishop of Konstanz, Black Forest, Forest Towns, Hegau, Klettgau, Zürich, Schaffhausen

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