The legends of the saints are written without footnotes. They can’t be checked and verified. The significance of these legends lies in the moral ideal that lives on in elaborate portrayals as a gentle entreaty to follow their saintly example.
In some parliaments things get rough now and then; they even turn violent from time to time. Not in Switzerland. In this country, mutual respect and a spirit of compromise are usually the order of the day. That hasn’t always been the case, though, as an example from 1848 shows.
After Queen Mary’s accession to the throne in 1553, numerous Protestant reformers went into exile in Switzerland. These so-called „Marian exiles“ later exerted a great influence on English politics and cultural life.