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Burgundy... From the Beginning

A brief summary of the highs and lows in the history of Burgundy.

Prehistoric Burgundy


The Celts

To 1200BC
There is evidence of hunting, cave paintings, stone tools and the introduction of agriculture during the Palaeolithic period.


1200BC – 52BC
The Celts were traders and mercenaries who brought metal working skills. They worshipped numerous gods and their sacred places were mainly associated with water.


The Monastic Dominance


The Glorious Age - Dukes of Burgundy

9C – 13C

As Christianity spread through Europe,
the power of the monasteries knew no bounds.


1364 – 1477
Magnificence and pageantry, for four generations. Burgundy grew in wealth and political prowess.