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A bishopric was established around 600 in the former Roman fortress of Constantia, in what is today Baden-Württemberg. In the late 12th century, the episcopal city that had grown up around it also took on the character of a free imperial city. Constance was the site of important imperial diets (Reichstag) under Frederick Barbarossa; from 1414 to 1418, it played host to an ecumenical council (Constance, Council of). Meanwhile the city had become an important commercial center. In 1499, as a result of the Swabian War, it came to be situated on the …

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Maurer, Helmut, “Constance”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 13 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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