Duchy of Burgundy
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
The Duchy of Burgundy was a feudal territory once existing within the Kingdom of France. It roughly conforms to the modern Bourgogne. Existing between 843 and 1477, the Duchy was ruled by a succession of dukes, whose extinction with the death of Charles the Bold in 1477 led to the Duchy being absorbed into the French crown by King Louis XI.
The Duchy is not to be confused in historiography with the Palatine County of Burgundy or Franche-Comté, with which it was sometimes linked, or with the preceding two medieval Kingdoms of Burgundy (the last ended in 1378), when the remnants were absorbed by France spawning the duchy.