Charles launched his men from Grandson to Vaumarcus Castle on a rocky road where the snow had just melted.
On the morning of March 2, Swiss scouts attack an advanced Burgundian camp that triggers the battle.
The artillery and archers of Burgundy meet the culverins of Bern. When the Burgundian cavalry charge, the Swiss stand in square with spades 6 m long that spears 4 m of their opponents can not reach.
After 3 hours of fighting, while the Swiss falter, Charles the Bold decides to roll back his troops to attract the Swiss in the lowlands. However the Burgundians misunderstanding the choices of their command, believe in retirement and panic. At the same time new Swiss forces arrive, taking the Burgundian forces to the rear. The roar of the Alps, the "Unterwalden Cow", the "Bull of Uri", fill the Burgundians with an irrational terror.
There are about 300 Burgundians and 200 dead Confederates, plus many wounded including arrows and tiles.
The Swiss then find a rich booty in the camp abandoned by the Burgundians, marveling at its red velvet flag, its weapons enriched with jewels, and take 400 pieces of artillery. But the sharing of booty causes dissensions between cities and campaigns. The civil war was narrowly avoided at the Convenant Stans (December 22, 1481) thanks to the mediation of the hermit Nicolas de Flue. Candidly, the rough mountaineers sell for a few sols the diamonds of the Bold which they received at Jewish or Lombard junk dealers. They also discover in the loot the Mille-fleurs tapestry, famous tapestry made by Jean de Haze in 1466, composed of eight pieces of green tapestry.
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