Wall charts, history and European Identity

EU Culture Programme; Education and Culture DG

Rütli

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Series:

Das Schweizerische Schulwandbilder Werk

Timeframe:

Mittelalter

Scene of action:

Rütli 1291 (alpine meadow) at the Lake of Lucerne

Illustrator:

v. Mühlenen, M.

Publisher:

Ernst Ingold & Co., Herzogenbuchsee

Year of publication:

1969

Themes:

Nationalism    European history   

On this wall chart you can see the Rütli Oath, which is known as the founding myth of Switzerland as a confederation between the three original cantons Ury, Schwyz and Unterwalden. Depicted are members of all three cantons gathering around a fire. The scene takes place on a meadow close to the Lake of Lucerne, which you can see in the background. In the centre of the picture you can see three men swearing the oath by putting their hands together. All confederates are raising their arms, to federalize against the Habsburgs.