Henry II of France inherited his father’s fight against Charles Quint. After the failure of a peace trip to Germany, his armies occupied Metz, Toul and Verdun in order to consolidate the north-east border of France. In June 1554, Renty, a small village with a solid castle was in the hands of Spanish imperial troops.
At noon, the French artillery began firing at Renty Castle. The siege lasted until August 15.
The castle was restored in 1630 but was destroyed eight years later in August 1638, during the Thirty Years War, by Marshal Châtillon.
There are still traces of the feudalmotte in the centre of the village.