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Battle of Nancy (1477)

A portrait of Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy

Charles the Bold

The Battle of Nancy was the decisive battle of the Burgundian Wars fought between Duchy of Burgundy and Lorraine on January 5, 1477. Forces of Rene, Duke of Lorraine assisted by the Swiss Confederacy mercenaries decisively defeated the Burgundians led by Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy who was killed in the battle. The Battle of Nancy marked the end of the Burgundian independence. Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy was killed in the battle without a male heir and Burgundy was absorbed by Louis IX of France. The Battle of Nancy also demonstrated the strength of Swiss mercenaries whose services were afterwards sought by all European powers.

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