Battle of Moncontour

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Battle of Moncontour
Battle of Moncontour 1569.jpg
Battle of Moncontour, 1569.
Date 3 October 1569
Location Moncontour, Vienne
near Poitiers, France
Result Catholic Victory
Catholics Croix huguenote.svg French Huguenot forces
Commanders and leaders
Henry Duke of Anjou
Gaspard Saulx-Tavannes
Croix huguenote.svg Gaspard de Coligny;
Croix huguenote.svg Count Vollrad of Mansfeld;
Croix huguenote.svg Count Louis of Nassau
12,000 Infantry;
7,000 Cavalry
18,000 Infantry;
9,000 Cavalry
Casualties and losses
600 (questionable) 6000

The Battle of Moncontour occurred on 3 October 1569 between the Catholic forces of King Charles IX of France and the Huguenots during the "Third War" (1568-1570) of the French Wars of Religion.

The battle[edit]

Coligny broke off the Siege of Poitou,[1] and joined with German allies, moved south, after the French were reinforced with mercenaries.

Henry, Duke of Anjou, attacked before Coligny could join with Gabriel, comte de Montgomery. The Swiss pikemen shattered the Huguenot landsknechts.[2] 8,000 Huguenots surrendered.


Coligny regrouped, marched east into the Rhone and marched on Paris.[3]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ G. A. Henty (2004). St. Bartholomew's Eve: A Tale of the Huguenot Wars. Kessinger Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4179-6180-1. 
  2. ^ Cambridge, p. 13
  3. ^ Robert Jean Knecht (2002). The French religious wars 1562-1598. Osprey Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84176-395-8. 

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