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Basler Schwabenkriegschronik

(160 words)

Author(s): Gutmann, Andre
(Basel Chronicle of the Swabian War) post-1504. Switzerland. Fragmentary German prose chronicle, chiefly about the Swabian War of 1499. This is the only contemporary report of the war from the city's perspective. It concentrates wholly on the area from Konstanz to Basel, with valuable information about the war and the negotiations for the entry of Basel into the Swiss confederacy in 1501, as well as some short notes on other events of 1492-3 and 1503-4. The author is unknown, but his perspe…
Date: 2016-10-17

Zürcher Schwabenkriegschronik

(381 words)

Author(s): Gutmann, Andre
(Zürich chronicle of the Swabian war) ca 1501/3. Switzerland. High German prose chronicle of the Swabian War, written by an unknown author in Zürich. This anonymous chronicle covers the war of 1499 between Maximilian I of Habsburg and the Swiss confederacy. A continuation deals primarily with the Swiss participation in the wars in Upper Italy to 1502. Both parts were written after 1500 and completed before 21st July 1503. The author shows himself to be a fervent supporter of the French king and correspondingly an opponent of Maximilian and his policy against t…
Date: 2016-10-17

Frey, Kaspar

(604 words)

Author(s): Gutmann, Andre
1460/70-1526/7. Switzerland. Administrative official in the Swiss confederacy. Author of two German prose chronicles of the Swabian War of 1499 and the wars in Upper Italy between 1499 and 1509.Offspring of a patrician family in Baden im Aargau, Frey studied in Basel and Paris (1481-4), then started a career in his home town, as judge (1487), town clerk (1494-8) and mayor (1498/9). During the Swabian War he was also High Commander of the town troops in Baden and on the northern Rhine border. In June 1499 he left Baden to wo…
Date: 2016-10-17

Berner Chronik des Schwabenkriegs

(435 words)

Author(s): Gutmann, Andre
(Bernese Chronicle of the Swabian War) 1500/10. Switzerland. German prose chronicle of the Swabian War, presumably written by an unknown Bernese author. It is concerned almost exclusively with the military events of the war from January till late June 1499. The chronicle was formerly thought to have originated in Fribourg (Switzerland); it was referred to as the Freiburger Chronik des Schwabenkriegs, and the authorship was ascribed by Büchi on very weak argumentation to Fribourg notary Ludwig Sterner. However there is no plausible evidence for either Fribourg o…
Date: 2016-10-17

Lenz, Hans

(509 words)

Author(s): Gutmann, Andre
ca 1460-1502. Switzerland. Author of a German verse chronicle of the Swabian War of 1499, dedicated to the Swiss cities of Berne and Fribourg. Born in Heilbronn, Lenz studied in Heidelberg (1478-81), then sojourned for several years in the Swiss confederacy. He was schoolmaster in Fribourg (1488-91), but simultaneously continued his studies in Heidelberg (MA 1491). From 1494 to 1495/6 he worked in Fribourg again, then till 1498 as a private tutor to the sons of the local patrician fam…
Date: 2016-10-17

Acta des Tyrolerkriegs

(342 words)

Author(s): Gutmann, Andre
(Events of the Tyrolian War ) 1499. Switzerland. A German prose chronicle of the Swabian War of 1499, focussing on the area of Tyrol, Graubünden, the Engadin and the lower Rhine valley, completed by 6th December of the year in which the events occurred.The Acta is one of the earliest chronicles of the Swabian War. The text was presumably written in Graubünden (Grisons) by an unknown cleric associated with the bishop of Chur. The detailed and relatively reliable text covers the complete timeline of the war, but its geographical setting con…
Date: 2016-10-17