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  • Writer's pictureGeorge Castrioti

August 7th, 1479 - The Battle of Guinegate

Conflict: War of the Burgundian Succession

Combatants: Burgundians vs. French

Location: France

Outcome: Burgundian victory

Following the death of Charles the Bold, last Duke of Burgundy, the French Louis XI moved to invade the Burgundian Netherlands. Archduke Maximilian of Hapsburg, the son-in-law of Charles the Bold, fielded an army to intercept. Although the Imperial horse were defeated by French cavalry, the Flemish foot soldiers won the day.

Die Schlacht von Therouanne - Guinegate 1479 by Wolf Traut

Points of Interest:

  • Maximilian fought on foot alongside the his Flemish soldiers.

  • The French archers fled the field.

Louis XI by Jean-Léonard Lugardon

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