Nicholas of Flüe Keystone Archive

Nicholas of Flüe, patron saint of Switzerland, was a Swiss hermit and ascetic. In 1467, he left his wife and his ten childre - with her consent - for the Ranft valley in canton Obwalden. His reputation was such that his advice is believed to have prevented a civil war between the cantons in 1481. What he said remains unknown, although it is believed he told the cantons to keep to their own affairs.

This content was published on August 24, 2007 - 10:18
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