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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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All Unquiet on the Western Front

All Unquiet on the Western Front

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The Swiss and their Neighbours, 1460-1560

Tom Scott

Oxford University Press

France continued to threaten the Franche-Comté, even after it had passed definitively to Habsburg Austria in 1493 under the Treaty of Senlis. Bern even tried to revive a western campaign in the 1510s; at last in 1522 the county’s neutrality was recognized. But Neuchâtel remained an Achilles heel for the western Swiss. In 1512 four cantons sent an expeditionary force preventatively to occupy Neuchâtel, and were joined by the other cantons in 1514. Neuchâtel operated as a common lordship until restored to its counts in 1529, after continuing disagreement among the Swiss over its future. Bern abetted the restoration in the hope that Neuchâtel could be won for the Reformation. French designs were assuaged by the Perpetual Peace signed with the Confederation in 1516, but the western Swiss cities had become embroiled in fresh disputes over the Württemberg territories around the county of Montbéliard, which were not settled until 1525.

Keywords:   Franche-Comté, Treat of Senlis (1493), Bern’s western campaigns, Neuchâtel’s French connections, occupation of Neuchâtel 1512/14–29, Reformation in Neuchâtel, Swiss Perpetual Peace with France (1516), Montbéliard

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