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The close-knit nature of this group of nobles is confirmed by the number of marriages between those named or their immediate families, as can be traced below.

An example is provided by the Zhringer, which concentrated on building influence around the town of Freiburg im Breisgau, before Duke Konrad extended his ambitions into Burgundy in 1127.

Looking at these areas, it can be seen that the river Rhine provided a barrier to cross-activity with Alsace on the west bank, and the Alps hampered communication with the area south of lake Constance.

In addition, large parts of the land east of the Rhine were heavily forested and uninhabited, colonisation only accelerating in the 12th and 13th centuries.

In the southern area, now German-speaking Switzerland, these were, from west to east: Aargau which bordered the Rudolfian kingdom of Burgundy, Zrichgau with the town of Zrich in its northern part, Thurgau immediately south of lake Constance, and Rheingau straddling the upper reaches of the Rhine before it flows into Lake Constance.