Soest Feud, 1444-1449

In the early 15th century, the Hanseatic city of Soest was subject to the Princebishops of Cologne. Princebishop Dietrich von Moers (1414-1463) pursued a policy of infringing upon the city's autonomy in an attempt to strengthen his authority. The city of Soest revoked her loyalty to the bishop and placed herself under the protection of Count Adolf of Mark, simultaneously Duke of Kleve; Kleve-Mark in return was supported by the Duke of Burgundy.
The burghers of Soest were not only successful in defending their liberty, but, in the process of the feud, they acquired a number of villages close to the city (the Soester Börde). Soest and nearby Lippstadt were besieged by forces of the princebishop 1447-1449, but held out. The feud ended in 1449 (Treaty of Maastricht); Princebishop Dietrich had to accept Soest being under the sovereignty of the Count of Mark, but her autonomy was of such a kind that the sovereignty of the Count was nominal in nature.

Die Soester Fehdechronik und ihre Uberarbeitung in der Reformation. Eine Rezeptionsgeschichte im Licht neuer Quellenfunde, ny Heiko Droste, in German
DOCUMENTS Imperial Archbishops, from Regnal Chronologies, scroll down for Cologne
REFERENCE Andrea van Dülmen, Deutsche Geschichte in Daten, Vol.1 : Von den Anfängen bis 1770, <ünchen : dtv 1979; in German

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