Swiss Conquest of the (Habsburg) Thurgau, 1460

The Thurgau had been a Habsburg possession since 1264. Duke Sigismund of Habsburg - ruler of the Habsburg lands on the Upper Rhine (Sundgau, Breisgau etc.) sought to extend and intensify his authority, and got in conflict with Nicholas of Cusa, bishop of Brixen. Pope Pius II. excommunicated Duke Sigismund.
The Swiss Confederation took up arms and conquered the county of Thurgau in 1460; only the fortified city of Winterthur held out. In 1461 Duke Sigismund of Habsburg ceded the latter. Within the Swiss Federation, the Thurgau was treated as a subject territory (until 1798).

History of the Thurgau, from Wikipedia
Article Thurgau, from EB 1911
Article Sigismund von Habsburg, from Historisches Lexikon der Schweiz, in German
History of Switzerland 1291-1515, by Markus Jud

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First posted on April 1st 2004, last revised on November 16th 2004

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