The law of Sempach, which is mentioned above, furnishes a good specimen of the simplicity and resolution of the Swiss character.
The year 1386 saw the great battle of Sempach, of which Arnold Winkelried was the hero.
The victory of Naefels forms a worthy pendant to that of Sempach, and as such cannot be passed over in silence.
A Sempach or a Bannockburn cannot be explained by a bare technical history.
But no Swiss annals referring to the encounter at Sempach were written till nearly a century later.
After Sempach the men of Glarus set about making themselves a free people.
It is in the vicinity of the scenes of Tell's exploits, of the battle-field of Sempach, and many other interesting spots.
Sempach itself, like Sursee, is a picturesque old town, with another quaint old gateway.
On July 9th a portion of his forces appeared before the walls of Sempach, while another division240 menaced Zurich.
But it did not get rid of all traces of Habsburg domination till after the glorious victory of Sempach .