Siege of León (1368)

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Siege of León
Part of the Hundred Years' War
and the Castilian Civil War
Cubos de la muralla de León.jpg
Walls of León
Date January-30 April 1368
Location León, Spain
Result Castilian victory
Belligerents
Escudo Corona de Castilla.png Crown of Castile - Henry's side Escudo Corona de Castilla.png Crown of Castile - Pedro's side
Commanders and leaders
Henry of Trastámara

The Siege of León of 1368 was a successful Spanish siege of the town by the pretender Henry of Trastámara, in the course of the Castilian Civil War.

History[edit]

In 1367, Henry of Castile, resoundingly defeated in the Battle of Nájera, went back to the Peninsula leading an army and taking Burgos. After seizing the town of Dueñas and its castle in mid-January 1368, Henry headed for the city of León, one of the capitals of the kingdom. León had remained loyal to King Pedro of Castile, and received his favors. Therefore, the city presented a strong resistance for several months, until the besiegers succeeded in seizing the convent of Santo Domingo, near the walls, and placed there a siege tower. Given the inability to defend the city, its defenders decided to surrender.

Upon the surrender of the city of León to king Henry, the whole Kingdom of Galicia did the same, and took sides with Henry.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Chronicles of Sir John Froissart, Chapter CCXLV

Coordinates: 42°35′57″N 5°34′02″W / 42.59917°N 5.56722°W / 42.59917; -5.56722