Stanser Verkommnis

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Stanser Verkommnis
Treaty of Stans
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Niklaus von Flüe counsels Heini Amgrund (top panel), which leads to a compromise resolution in Stans (bottom panel), illustration in the Luzerner Schilling of 1513
Type Eidgenossenschaft
Signed 1481
Location Stans, Nidwalden, Old Swiss Confederacy
Signatories  Bern
 Fribourg
 Glarus
 Lucerne
 Schwyz
Coat of arms of the House of Alerami.svg Solothurn
Canton of Solothurn Unterwalden
 Uri
 Zug
 Zürich
Language German

In the Stanser Verkommnis (English: Treaty of Stans) of 1481 the Tagsatzung solved the latent conflict between the rural and urban cantons of the Old Swiss Confederacy, averting the breaking of the Confederacy, and triggering its further expansion from 8 to 13 members until 1513.

The tensions between the cantons had arisen in the wake of the Burgundy Wars, among other things due to disagreement over the distribution of spoils which culminated in the Saubannerzug.[1]

According to Diebold Schilling the Younger, who was present at the session of the Tagsatzung, the conflict was resolved as on 22 December the pastor of Stans, Heini Amgrund, brought a message from the hermit Niklaus von Flüe. Upon reception of the message, the quarrels were laid aside.[2] The content of the message is unknown.

The compromise solution entailed the accession of Fribourg and Solothurn as full members of the Confederacy.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Stanser Verkommnis in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  2. ^ Public Domain Coolidge, Rev. William Augustus Brevoort (1911). "Unterwalden". In Chisholm, Hugh. Encyclopædia Britannica 27 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. 780–81.