Thomas Platter and the Educational Renaissance of the Sixteenth Century

Thomas Platter and the Educational Renaissance of the Sixteenth Century

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Thomas Platter and the Educational Renaissance of the Sixteenth Century

Thomas Platter and the Educational Renaissance of the Sixteenth Century

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A summer traveller in the Alps leaves Lausanne, on Lake Geneva, on a slow train and goes up the valley of the Rhone, reaching Visp in four or five hours. The river Visp here flows into the Rhone. Visp is the name of the parish in which the author of this autobiography was born. It is a parish in the canton of Valais. In the autobiography the canton is spelled Walless, and the modern spelling is Wallis. It includes the valley of the Rhone from the upper end of Lake Geneva to its source in the Rhone glacier. Our traveller, who is supposed to make a journey from Lausanne to Zermatt, leaves Visp on the bridle road going up the river, and in a couple of hours arrives at Stalden, where the river divides into two branches, one going to the eastward of a spur of the Monte Rosa mountains, the highest of which rises nearly to the height of fifteen thousand feet, Monte Rosa itself reaching the height of 15,217 feet. This fork or branch is called the Saaser Visp from its chief village of Saas. To the westward of this high spur of Monte Rosa is the valley of the Gorner Visp flowing down from the immense Gorner glacier, swelled by the addition of seven other great glaciers from . . .

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