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Charlie20 Jul 2021 1:46 p.m. PST

Two characters for the War of Burgundian Succession.

Georges de La Trémoille, Lord of Craon.

In 1477 after the death of Charles the Bold, Louis XI invaded both the Burgundian Low Countries and the Duchy and County (Franche-Comte) of Burgundy in the south. La Trémoille led the French invasion force that entered the Burgundian heartland, alongside the Prince of Orange (more on him in the future!). The duchy was quickly conquered, though the county to the east (which was part of the Holy Roman Empire rather than a French fief) proved more troublesome.
La Trémoille royally messed up. He offended the Prince of Orange, who switched sides and led all the Comtois nobility who were still loyal to Burgundy in a rebellion. La Trémoille wasn't very popular due to his excessive pride and ill-treatment of the locals. He was twice surprised by nighttime sorties whilst besieging towns – first at Vesoul and then at Dole, on both occasions his camp was attacked, his army routed and his artillery captured! He did win one costly victory against the rebels at the bridge of Emagny, but by the end of the year all the French had been driven out of the county. Louis Xi was not pleased, and La Trémoille was dismissed from his duties – he did return home wealthy from all his plundering though. He died in 1481, with no heirs.

Simon de Quingey

A Burgundian who had served Charles the Bold and fought at Grandson, Morat and Nancy. In 1477 he remained loyal to Duchess Mary. He was one of the many nobles who was part of the Prince of Orange's rebellion in the south. He was actually in command of the Dole garrison when it was besieged by La Trémoille, so presumably was responsible for the successful sortie against him!
However in 1478, after the rebels had captured some places in the duchy of Burgundy, he led a force of 600 German mercenaries to reinforce the town of Beaune. He stopped at Verdun along the way, where he was attacked by the new Governor of Burgundy, Charles d'Amboise (he had replaced La Trémoille and was much more effective as a leader). De Quingey was captured, and was imprisoned in an iron cage (a fate that befell many captured Burgundians). He refused to swear allegiance to Louis XI, and was apparently kept in captivity for many years until he fell ill and was finally freed. He died in 1523.

Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP20 Jul 2021 8:40 p.m. PST

Do the rules you use allow for characters, at least for leaders?


Personal logo SHaT1984 Supporting Member of TMP22 Jul 2021 2:21 a.m. PST

Thanks, very nice figs and interesting piece of history even if a bit later than I was expecting to model, but my Hotspur miniatures will march across many terrains and years I expect.
regards dave

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