- 17th century : unknown
engraver (if you can help identifying the engraver, please contact
the webmaster) :
- 18th century : Belprey
- Beginning of the Christian era : presence of the Gauls (Leuci
tribe) on the wooded heights surrounding Nancy.
- 843 : the Carolingian empire is divided, giving birth to
Lotharingia (Lorraine), between France and Germany.
- 11th century : birth of the town, around a castle controlling the
valley of the river Meurthe, amidst preexisting hamlets dating back to
- 13th century : the town becomes the capital city and residence of
the dukes of Lorraine.
- 5th January 1477 : Charles the Bold, duke of Burgundy, is
defeated and killed at the battle of Nancy.
- 26th August 1542 : the Holy Roman Empire recognizes Lorraine as a
free and unincorporable duchy (Nurnberg treaty).
- End of the 16th century : the duke Charles III extends the city,
adding the Ville Neuve (New Town) to the Ville Vieille (Old Town).
- 17th century : Lorraine suffers the Thirty Years war. France
occupies Lorraine several times, destroys several castles (Blâmont,
and others) and razes the town of La Mothe.
- 1735 : François III, last duke of the House of Lorraine,
who has married Maria Theresa of Austria, founded the house of
Habsburg-Lorraine and is to become emperor François I, has
therefor to renounce his duchy. He is succeeded by Stanislas
Leszczynski, former king of Poland.
- 1750 : King Stanislas creates a square today known as Place
Heritage) as a link between the modern and ancient parts of the
city, a Library
and an Academy.
- 1766 : King Louis XV having married king Stanislas's daughter,
Lorraine is united to France at Stanislas's death at Lunéville castle.
- French Revolution : Nancy becomes cathedral city, together with Toul.
- 19th century : The university of Nancy, closed during the
revolution, is reopened, thanks to baron Prosper Guerrier de Dumast.
- 1870 : Nancy stays French while a quarter of Lorraine is annexed
by Germany. The influx of refugees, capital and industry favours a
strong economic and artistic development (Ecole de
- First World War : General de
Castelnau saves Nancy from German occupation.
- Second World War : Nancy is occupied by Germany and freed by the
- 1950s : Nancy, surrounded by iron, coal
and salt mines, thrives, until the collapse of heavy industry in the
- 2002 : Largest conurbation
(400.000 inhabitants) of Lorraine, Nancy
benefits from its three universities (UHP,
Nancy 2 and INPL ; over 40.000 students), its
active commerce and industry, the closeness of Germany, Belgium and
Luxemburg, its position on the Paris-Strasbourg and Luxemburg-Lyons
axes. The motorway (A31) and dual carriageway (N4), the regional and local
airports and the soon to come high speed train (due for 2007) make it
easily accessible for tourism or
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© MB, Nancy, 2003-08-31.