Swiss illustrated chronicles
Several illustrated chronicles were created in the Old Swiss Confederacy in the 15th and 16th centuries. They were luxurious illuminated manuscripts produced for the urban elite of Bern and Lucerne, and their copious detailed illustrations allow a unique insight into the politics and daily life of late medieval Switzerland on the eve of the Reformation. The most important of these chronicles are the works of the two Diebold Schillings, their luxurious execution, as well as their content reflecting the growing confidence and self-esteem of the leaders of the confederacy after their spectacular successes in the Burgundian Wars.
- 1423 Konrad Justinger's chronicle (Bern) the original was lost, but a copy of the text survives in Jena.
- 1470 the "Tschachtlanchronik" by Bendict Tschachtlan und Heinrich Dittlinger (Bern, now kept in Zürich)
- Diebold Schilling the Elder, Bern:
- 1515 "Luzerner Schilling" by Diebold Schilling the Younger, nephew of Diebold the Elder's.
- 1515 Chronicle of Wernher Schodeler of Bremgarten.
- 1529 - 1546 Berner Chronik of Valerius Anshelm.
- 1576 Christoph Silberysen's compendium.
- 1587 "Wickiana" by Johann Jakob Wick, a compilation of various manuscripts and prints.
- 1626/1631 Schweitzer-Chronic by Michael Stettler of Bern.
- Baumann, Carl G.: Über die Entstehung der ältesten Schweizer Bilderchroniken, 1971. ISBN 3-7272-0405-2.
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