(46) While his biographers suggest that Rahner was deeply introverted and less inclined to spontaneous displays of affection, perhaps due to his "Alemannian
" upbringing, as Vorgrimler mentioned (Vorgrimler, Understanding Karl Rahner, p.
The Alemanni moved into the Gallo-Roman province of Helvetia during the first centuries following the birth of Christ, and by about 600 A.D., Helvetia (it wasn't called Switzerland until 1350) and nearby Alsace were essentially Alemannian territories.
It took many more years, however, for the rural Swiss to stop writing in Alemannian.
Historians are now sceptical about the possibility of surviving Aleman `nationalism' ensuring the survival of Alemannia as a province.(21) Notker, for example, was a descendent of the Aleman gentry and, when he thought about the different regions of the Carolingian empire, he saw himself as Alemannian; but this identity is compatible with an unquestioning acceptance of Frankish politics.
This parallels the legal evidence which shows a sense of unwritten and vernacular Alemannian custom, and also the continuing influence of the Alemannian law code: see, for example, Die Urkunden Ludwigs des Deutschen, ed.