Battle of Lerida (1642)

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Battle of Lerida
Part of the Catalan Revolt and the
Franco-Spanish War (1635–59)
Batalla de Lleida (1642).jpg
Date 7 October 1642
Location Lleida, Principality of Catalonia
Coordinates: 41°37′0″N 0°38′0″E / 41.61667°N 0.63333°E / 41.61667; 0.63333
Result Franco-Catalan victory
Commanders and leaders
Kingdom of France Philippe de La Mothe-Houdancourt Spain Diego Felipez de Guzmán, Marquis of Leganés
9,000 infantry
4,000 cavalry
15,000 infantry
5,000 cavalry
Casualties and losses
1,000 7,000

The Battle of Lerida was a battle fought on October 7, 1642 during the Catalan Revolt.


After a series of victories in 1642 the Franco-Catalan army under the command of Philippe de La Mothe-Houdancourt controlled almost the whole of Catalonia, including Lleida. King Philip IV of Spain ordered Diego Felipez de Guzmán, Marquis of Leganés to assemble an army from Tarragona and Zaragoza to retake Lleida. La Mothe positioned his smaller army in the Llano de las Forques and defeated the Spanish army. After the victory, the French Army besieged Tortosa, but was forced to withdraw.