Hans Waldmann came to fame as a military leader after he decisively defeated Karl the Bold with the Confederates in the Burgundian Wars. He increased the reputation of the city of Zurich and was knighted by the nobility.
After several successful wars, Waldmann was wooed by foreign envoys and led delegations of the convention to the courts of France and Milan, where he negotiated with princes "on an equal footing" and received, among other things, the title of "Court Councilor" from Milan. Military success during the Burgundian wars made him an important figure in federal diplomacy and a power factor in both Zurich and federal politics
Waldmann was elected mayor in 1480 as a representative of the craftsmen and strengthened the position of the guilds. His political goals, the Swiss Confederation's leaning towards the German Empire and the Duchy of Milan instead of France, created enemies for him. He fell victim to an intrigue that was doomed to him: he was held in the Wellenberg Tower until his execution.
July 6, 2020
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