Siege of Nègrepelisse

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Siege of Nègrepelisse (1622)
Part of the Huguenot rebellions date=10–11 June 1622
Location Nègrepelisse
Result Royal victory
Belligerents
Pavillon royal de la France.png Kingdom of France Croix huguenote.svg French Huguenot forces
Commanders and leaders
Pavillon royal de la France.png Louis XIII
Strength
800 citizens[1]
Casualties and losses
800[2]

The Siege of Nègrepelisse (French: Siège de Nègrepelisse) was a siege accomplished by the young French king Louis XIII in 1622, against the Protestant stronghold of Nègrepelisse in France. This siege followed the Siege of Montauban, in which Louis XIII had failed against the Huguenot city.

A justification of the massacre published in 1622: Le Grand et Juste Chatiment des Rebelles de Negrepelisse ("The Great and Just Punishment of the Rebels of Negrepelisse")

The city was captured after a short siege, but all the inhabitants were massacred, without distinction of age or sex, practically all women were raped, and the city was looted and burnt to the ground.[3][4] This severe treatment was due to the false claim that a Royal regiment left in garnisson in the city by the Duke of Mayenne had been exterminated by the citizens.[5][6] The king had ordered:

"I command you to give no quarter to any man, because they have irritated me, and shall be served as they have treated the others."

—Louis XIII.[7]

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