Stanser Verkommnis

In the Stanser Verkommnis (English: Treaty of Stans) of 1481 the Tagsatzung solved the latent conflict between the rural and urban cantons of the Old Swiss Confederacy, averting the breaking of the Confederacy, and triggering its further expansion from 8 to 13 members until 1513.

Stanser Verkommnis
Treaty of Stans
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Niklaus von Flüe counsels Heini Amgrund (top panel), which leads to a compromise resolution in Stans (bottom panel), illustration in the Luzerner Schilling of 1513
LocationStans, Nidwalden, Old Swiss Confederacy
Signatories Bern
Coat of arms of the House of Alerami.svg Solothurn
Canton of Solothurn Unterwalden

The tensions between the cantons had arisen in the wake of the Burgundy Wars, among other things due to disagreement over the distribution of spoils which culminated in the Saubannerzug.[1]

According to Diebold Schilling the Younger, who was present at the session of the Tagsatzung, the conflict was resolved as on 22 December the pastor of Stans, Heini Amgrund, brought a message from the hermit Niklaus von Flüe. Upon reception of the message, the quarrels were laid aside.[2] The content of the message is unknown.

The compromise solution entailed the accession of Fribourg and Solothurn as full members of the Confederacy.[1]


  1. ^ a b Stanser Verkommnis in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  2. ^ Coolidge, Rev. William Augustus Brevoort (1911). "Unterwalden" . In Chisholm, Hugh (ed.). Encyclopædia Britannica. 27 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. 780–81.