Siege of Alkmaar
|Siege of Alkmaar|
|Part of the Eighty Years' War|
The Siege of Alkmaar by Frans Hogenberg
|Commanders and leaders|
|Jacob Cabeliau||Fadrique Álvarez de Toledo|
|800 Geuzen, ca.1,300 civilians||6,500 to 16,000 troops|
|Casualties and losses|
|24+ geuzen, 13 civilians||over 500|
The Siege of Alkmaar (1573) was a turning point in the Eighty Years' War. The burghers of the Dutch city of Alkmaar fought off the Spanish (who had set up their camp in Oudorp) between August 21 and October 8, 1573, with boiling tar and burning branches from their renewed city walls. This battle forced the Spanish commander, Don Fadrique, the son of the hated Alva himself, was defeated and retreated.
A first hand account of the siege exists in the diary of Nanning van Foreest, a local city councillor. The site also been the site of several archaeological examinations of the remains of the battle.
- The Routledge Handbook of the Bioarchaeology of Human Conflict Routledge, Dec 17, 2013. pg. 456
- The Age of Wars of Religion, 1000-1650: An Encyclopedia of Global Warfare and Civilization. Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 2006 . pg 12
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