1307 - A Swiss Oath

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On the Rütli, a meadow (centre bottom in the image) on the shore of Lake Lucerne below Seelisberg, the three allied Swiss cantons of Uri, Schwyz, and Unterwalden re-affirm their alliance with an oath - the 'Rütlischwur'. First sworn on 8th November 1307, the oath is today re-enacted in the same meadow annually on August 1st, anniversary of the signing of the Federal Charter in 1291, as part of the Swiss National Day celebrations.

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Alamanicus is wandering his old Alemanni haunts, revisiting the places where once he used to drink, carouse, and beat up the odd Roman legionnaire or two. Things have moved on since his day, and the old Alemanni country now lies across south west Germany, French Alsace, and northern Switzerland. Cut through by the mighty Rhine, it is an area of great beauty, and a lot has happened there since Alamanicus last walked this land.


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