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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 Peace of Basel and Its Aftermath

The Peace of Basel and Its Aftermath

(p.39) 8 The Peace of Basel and Its Aftermath
The Swiss and their Neighbours, 1460-1560

Tom Scott

Oxford University Press

It is doubtful whether the Peace of Basel (October 1499) constituted a watershed, let alone marking the supposed severance of the Swiss Confederation from the Holy Roman Empire. Nevertheless, there were no further serious military engagements, and the German Peasants’ War (1524–6), with its origins on the Hochrhein barely spilled over into Switzerland, except for Schaffhausen’s territory, which lay north of the river. Emperor Maximilian now wished to use Switzerland as a reservoir of mercenaries in his international campaigns. That culminated in the conclusion of the Hereditary Agreement of 1511 between Austria and Switzerland. The Basel peace did, however, require Konstanz to surrender the territorial court, but that left the position of Konstanz itself unresolved. Maximilian insisted that the city remain open to imperial troops. Sovereignty over the Thurgau remained contentious between Zürich, the abbot of St Gallen, the bishop of Konstanz, and the local jurisdictional lords.

Keywords:   Peace of Basel, Switzerland within the Empire, German Peasants’ War, Schaffhausen, Emperor Maximilian, Konstanz, Thurgau, Zürich, abbot of St Gallen, bishop of Konstanz

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