The unexpected duke

René II of Lorraine inherited his Duchy in 1473. In 1475 Charles the Bold occupied the capital of Lorraine, Nancy. The defeat of Charles the Bold was the beginning of the rebirth of Lorraine.

The ground for this huge success was laid when Duke René II rode with 30 horses to the camp of the Confederates in front of Morat. He spent the night from the 22nd to 23rd of June 1476 in the camp of his defeated enemy on the “ Bodemünzi ”, in the best of moods.

Solothurn, 21st of June, 11 o’clock : “ We have ordered daily processions in our town. This decision has been carried out today. Today our gracious Lord of Lorraine in the eleventh hour this morning rode into our town with 30 horses. With him were two Counts of Bitche and a Count of Leiningen. They intended to continue to Berne. ”

“ Bodemünzi ”, June 22nd, evening : “ The Duke of Burgundy, had had a richly decorated cottage built upon a hill for himself. This was where he staked his own tent and resided. The Confederate commanders decided that this building should be given to the Duke of Lorraine and his servants. And so the decision was carried out and the Duke was grateful and joyful to be housed in the Burgundian cottage. His crates were broken into by the ordinary folk. Unfortunately they stole goods belonging to the Duke of Lorraine. They mistakenly considered them goods of the Burgundians. The Duke of Lorraine and his people took this with ease and did not lodge any claims based upon this event. “

(Quelle/Sources : Gottlieb Friedrich Ochsenbein, the offi cial documents on the Siege and Battle of Morat, Freiburg: Ed. Bielmann, 1876, page 299; Gustav Tobler, the Bernese chronicle of Diebold Schilling 1468-1484, 2. volume, Berne: K.J. Wyss, 1901, page 54)
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