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I. City – II. University

(Cf. Bern, Synod of)

I. City

Founded c. 1191, Bern, in the late Middle Ages, endeavored to consolidate its partly indirect, partly direct sovereignty as the center of a large city-state. Ecclesiastically, Bern belonged to the dioceses of Constance, Basel, Lausanne, and Sitten. The promotion of ecclesiastical life and the supervision of monasteries and clergy were constant factors of its politics. Although the Reformation marked a turning point on Bern's way t…

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Dellsperger, Rudolf, “Bern”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 November 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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