Battle of Moncontour

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Battle of Moncontour
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Battle of Moncontour, 1569.
Date3 October 1569
Result Catholic Victory
Catholics Croix huguenote.svg French Huguenot forces
Commanders and leaders
Henry Duke of Anjou
Gaspard Saulx-Tavannes
Philibert, Margrave of Baden-Baden
Croix huguenote.svg Gaspard II de Coligny
Croix huguenote.svg Count Louis of Nassau
15 cannon[1]
Casualties and losses
1,000 killed[1] 8,000 killed[1]
3,000 captured[2]

The Battle of Moncontour occurred on 3 October 1569 between the Catholic forces of King Charles IX of France, commanded by Henry, Duke of Anjou, and the Huguenots commanded by Gaspard de Coligny.

The battle[edit]

Weeks before, Coligny had lifted the siege of Poitou and positioned his army in hopes of gaining an advantage over the approaching Royalist forces.[3] However, a flanking maneuver by Saulx-Tavannes forced him to reposition his forces.[3] This coincided with Henry's objective to keep Coligny's army from joining Gabriel, Comte de Montgomery's forces.[2]

The battle consisted of multiple charges by the royal forces, during which Coligny was wounded in the jaw, forcing Louis of Nassau to take command.[3] Henry was subsequently unhorsed during a charge, but was saved by his bodyguards.[3] Philibert, Margrave of Baden-Baden, who commanded the Royalist Germans, was killed during a cavalry charge.[2] Nassau, in turn, charged the Swiss pikemen but made no headway.[3] A final charge by Swiss pikemen shattered the Huguenot landsknechts line,[2] in which over half were killed.[3] As a result, three thousand Huguenots surrendered.[2] Nassau and the rest of the cavalry were able to withdraw in good order.[2]


Henry then besieged Saint-Jean-d'Angély from 16 October to 2 December.[4] Coligny regrouped, marched east into the Rhone and, months later, marched towards Paris.[4]

See also[edit]


  • Butler, A.J. (1907). "The Wars of Religion in France". In Ward, A.W.; Prothero, G.W.; Leathes, Stanley (eds.). The Cambridge Modern History. III. Cambridge University Press.
  • Knecht, R. J. (1989). The French Wars of Religion 1559-1598. Longman.
  • Knecht, R. J. (1998). Catherine de'Medici. Pearson Education Limited.
  • Tucker, Spencer C., ed. (2010). A Global Chronology of Conflict: From the Ancient world to the Modern Middle East. Vol. Two. ABC-CLIO.


  1. ^ a b c d e Tucker 2010, p. 528.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Butler 1907, p. 13.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Knecht 1998, p. 130.
  4. ^ a b Knecht 1989, p. 42.

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