The Burgundian Wars

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The Burgundian Wars presents the conflict between the Dukes of Burgundy and their Swiss enemies in a European context, with much attention paid to the armies, innovations, and tactics involved.

  • Written by Hagen Seehase and Detlef Ollesch
  • 52 illustrations, two maps
  • ISBN: 978-3-96360-014-2
  • full-color softback
  • 103 pages
  • Published by Zeughaus Verlag

The 'Burgundian Wars' are generally considered to be the campaigns of Charles the Bold, the last Duke of Burgundy, against the Swiss, but they were actually far more extensive. This book presents the European politics leading to the conflicts, then the Duke’s campaigns against Liège starting in 1467, his siege of Neuss on the Rhine, the fighting in the Sundgau and Lorraine. It moves on to the battles against the Swiss starting in 1474, and finally addresses the conflict with the Duke of Lorraine in 1477.

The book recognizes the often-overlooked role of the allies of the Swiss and it also addresses the significance of the French and English kings fueling this conflict, as well as the role of the Holy Roman Emperor. The authors present the driving forces behind the war against Charles the Bold and which factors led to his downfall. At the same time, they present some heretofore little-known details about the Burgundian Duke’s military innovations and his death.

This book describes the battles and sieges in detail and comprehensively portrays the organization, troop strengths, equipment, artillery, tactics, etc. of Burgundy’s and its opponents’ armies. The work is illustrated with numerous colour contemporary prints, photos of international reenactment groups, maps, etc, and it is based on extensive research into rare sources and also contains an extensive bibliography.


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