Charles the Bold

Charles the Bold
born Nov. 10, 1433, Dijon, Burgundy [France]
died Jan. 5, 1477, near Nancy, Lorraine

Last of the great dukes of Burgundy (1467–77).

An opponent of Louis XI of France, Charles tried to make Burgundy an independent kingdom. He had great success until 1474, casting off French rule, extending Burgundy's possessions, and building a centralized government. Charles brutally quelled a revolt in Liège (1468) and invaded Normandy (1471). Through negotiation, warfare, and purchases, he sought to extend his territory as far as the Rhine, but a coalition of Swiss, Austrians, and towns on the upper Rhine resisted him. He suffered defeats by the Swiss in 1476 and was killed in battle near Nancy.

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