Battle of Murten

Murten Town Walls of Murten

The rampart walls were built in several stages and from a variety of materials such as gravel, tuff and sandstone. The lower 15 layers of stone date from before the towns construction (12th century).

Murten The Battle of Murten

The Battle of Murten symbolizes the emerging potency of the Swiss Confederacy in its beginnings. Their opponent, Charles the Bold or Charles the Brash the last of the Valois Dukes of Burgundy was also, as the new Confederacy, young, dynamic and ambitious.

Murten The count of Romont

Romont had been ruled since the 1460‘s by Jacob of Savoy (1450 – 1486), the Count of Romont. During the battle of Murten he fought on the side of Charles the Bold.

Murten Frontal attack on the "Grünhag"

The Confederates advanced in the rain through the forest from Ulmiz on June 22nd 1476. In the beginning the Burgundians at the so-called “Grünhag” were a danger for the advancing guards of the Confederates. However, the storming of the guarded area started the retreating motion of the Burgundy forces.

Murten "Bodemünzi"

Giovan Pietro Panigarla was the Envoy of Milan for Charles the Bold. The Diplomat was to experience on the fi eld of the ‘Bodemünzi’ how Charles confronted his reconnaissance troops with the upmost suspicion. His preconceived opinion was to be the cause of his own demise.

Murten Save yourself, whoever can

When the resistance of the Burgundy forces was broken on the „Grünhag” (a firearms-studded reinforced hedge), the solidarity of their forces soon vanished. The knights fled, pursued by the Austrians and Lotharingians who came to help reinforce the Swiss Calvary.

Murten A victory leaving no questions

Morat was in every sense a victory leaving no questions: For Petermann Etterlin, a participant of the battle, the important thing was that Charles had been defeated for the second time. More than 300 years later George Gordon Noel Byron drew parallels of the victory of the Confederates over Charles to that of the Athenians over the Persians in the Battle of Marathon.

Murten The unexpected duke

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.

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