Hans Waldmann (mayor)
Waldmann lead the Confederates in the Burgundian Wars, defeating Charles the Bold with an army estimated at 12,000 men. As mayor of Zurich and a representative of the oligarchs in the Confederacy, Waldmann sought to impose higher taxes on neighbouring rural villages, which, taken together with a disdain for his reputed aristocratic excesses, led to a peasant revolt. 500 peasants from Knonau are said to have toppled Waldmann as mayor in 1489. Waldmann was beheaded on 6 April 1489 following accusations of financial corruption, foreign connections and sodomy.
The equestrian monument at the Münsterhof plaza in front of the Fraumünster church ( ) at the Münsterbrücke crossing of the River Limmat was unveiled on 6 April 1937 by the Kämbel guild, aiming to rehabilitate Waldmann who they proposed had been the victim of a judicial murder. It was the subject of controversy for artistic reasons, deemed by conservative critics as being overly modern for the historical city centre.
- "Kleine Zürcher Verfassungsgeschichte 1218–2000" (PDF) (in German). Staatsarchiv Zürich. Retrieved 2014-12-20.
- Christopher Allmand, The New Cambridge Medieval History, Vol. 7: c. 1415-c. 1500, p. 659
- Helmut Puff, Sodomy in Reformation Germany and Switzerland, 1400-1600 (The Chicago Series on Sexuality, History, and Society)
Castle Dübelstein, Dübendorf
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