Thursday, 29 September 2016
The Battle of Nancy
Following a number of victories in Belgium, Burgundy turned their attention eastward to Switzerland. The Burgundian Wars, as they have come to be known, were a number of battles that took place between 1474 and 1477 between Burgundy and a Swiss Confederacy. The first altercation, the Siege of Neuss, at the end of
July 1474 was followed by the Battle of Hericourt in the November.
Three years later in 1477, the last of these battles would take place outside the walls of the French town of Nancy between the forces of Rene, Duke of Lorraine and Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy.
The Battle of Nancy, an attempt by Charles the Bold to retake the town from the Duke of Lorraine, who had held it since the end of 1476, was fought in the winter of 1477. The weather was severe, many of Charles's men died due to the cold and the rest fled when they realised that the advancing army outnumbered them, but Charles stood firm at the head of his remaining army. Suffering much the same blow as his brother in law, Richard III would eight years later, Charles was struck by a halberd and died outside the town walls.
Charles's story continues at