Battle of Rueda

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Battle of Rueda
Part of the Reconquista
Result Victory for the Caliphate of Córdoba
Kingdom of León
County of Castile
Kingdom of Navarre
Allah.svg Caliphate of Córdoba
Commanders and leaders
Ramiro III of León
García Fernández of Castile
Sancho II of Pamplona

The Battle of Rueda (981) was a battle of the Spanish Reconquista between the Muslim forces of Al-Andalus and a coalition of north-Iberian Christian states. Due to the difficulty in interpreting the various chronicles, historians are still debating the site of the battle. According to Reinhart Dozy, the battle was fought in Rueda in Valladolid, whereas Ruiz Asencio considers that it was Roa, in Burgos, a fortress that had been repopulated in 912.[1]

The Muslim forces were commanded by Almanzor, while the Christian troops were a combined force and the combined from the kingdoms of León and Navarre, plus the County of Castile, led by King Ramiro III of León, García Fernández of Castile and Sancho II of Pamplona. The battle ended in a disastrous defeat for the Christian kingdoms and resulted in the rebellion of the Galician nobles and the eventual abdication of King Ramiro III in favor of Bermudo II of León.

The battle followed a similar defeat at the Battle of Torrevicente.



  • Martínez Díez, Gonzalo (2005). El Condado de Castilla (711-1038): la historia frente a la leyenda (in Spanish). 2 volumes. Valladolid. ISBN 84-9718-275-8.