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Grandson(gräNsôN`), Ger. Grandsee, town (1990 pop. 2,473), Vaud canton, W Switzerland, at the southwestern end of the Lake of Neuchâtel. An important town in the Middle Ages, Grandson is known chiefly as the scene of the defeat (1476) of Charles the Bold of Burgundy by the Swiss Confederates. Cigars are made there today. It has a noted Romanesque-Gothic church. The town is also known as Granson.
a city on the western shore of Lake Neuchâtel (Switzerland). It was near Grandson that a battle between the Burgundian troops of Duke Charles the Bold (almost 20,000 men) and the Swiss (18,000 men) occurred on Mar. 2, 1476. In the beginning of 1476, Charles the Bold invaded Switzerland and seized the Grandson fortress. The Swiss attacked from the north and drove back the Burgundians. A meeting engagement took place, in which Charles missed a favorable opportunity to attack and allowed the adversary to gather its forces. The Swiss routed the Burgundians and forced them to flee. The Burgundians lost 1,500 men, the Swiss 250. The victory at Grandson rallied the Swiss for further battles with Burgundy.