From castle to city – upheaval in the late Middle Ages
Ill-matched adversaries from the same corner of the country. In 1386, erstwhile ‘neighbours’ faced each other on the battlefield at Sempach. The age of knights and castles was coming to an end. The future belonged to the burgeoning cities and towns.
A showdown was inevitable
History is always tangible
The lords of Reinach – prosperous nobility
The Battle of Sempach: a tragedy and a turning point
A fine example: away from the Swiss Confederation, careers abroad
‘Oh, if you will not comfort me with your red mouth, oh, I shall die’
Johann von Reinach, the survivor of 1386, was the family’s heir. But the minstrel Hesso von Reinach, who lived in the 13th century, is better known. Two minnelieder, or minstrel songs, with seven verses are known under his name. Here is a loosely translated excerpt: Sweet consoler, comfort my senses with your love. I am burning with love, from the fire of love I am suffering the pain of desire. hey red lips, if you will not comfort me, oh, I shall die.