The Age of the Reformation Preserved Smith

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Published: 1938

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861 pages


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The Age of the Reformation  by  Preserved Smith

The Age of the Reformation by Preserved Smith
1938 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 861 pages | ISBN: | 10.40 Mb

General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1920 Original Publisher: H. Holt and Company Subjects: Reformation History / General History / Europe / General Religion / Christianity / History Religion / Christianity / GeneralMoreGeneral Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1920 Original Publisher: H.

Holt and Company Subjects: Reformation History / General History / Europe / General Religion / Christianity / History Religion / Christianity / General Religion / Christian Church / History Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or missing text. When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to Million-Books.com where you can select from more than a million books for free.

Excerpt: CHAPTER III SWITZERLAND 1. ZwiNGLJ The Swiss Amid the snow-clad Alps and azure lakes of Switzer- Confi tion e era land there grew up a race of Germans which, though still nominally a part of the Empire, had, at the period now considered, long gone on its own distinct path of development. Politically, the Confederacy arose in a popular revolt against the House of Austria. The federal union of the three forest cantons of Uri, Schwyz, and Unterwalden, first entered into in 1291 and made permanent in 1315, was strengthened by the admission of Lucerne (1332), Zug (1352), Glarus (1351) and of the Imperial Cities of Zurich (1351) and Berne (1353).

By the admission of Freiburg and Solothurn (1481), Basle (1501), Schaffhausen (1501) and Appenzell (1513) the Confederacy reached the number of thirteen cantons at which it remained for many years. By this time it was recognized as a practically independent state, courted by the great powers of Europe. Allied to this German Confederacy were two Romance-speaking states of a similar nature, the Confederacies of the Valais and of the Grisons.

The Swiss were then the one free people of Europe. Republican government by popular magistrates prevailed in all the cantons. Liberty was not quite democratic, for the cantons ruled several subject provinces, and in the cities a somewhat aristocratic electorate held power- nevertheless there was no stat...



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