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  • Writer's pictureGeorge Castrioti

October 3rd, 1569 - The Battle of Moncontour

Conflict: French Religious Wars

Combatants: Catholic Forces vs. Huguenot Forces

Location: France

Outcome: Catholic victory


In 1562, religious animosity between French Catholics and the Protestant Huguenots, combined with trained soldiers now idle due to recent peace treaties, set off a series of wars between the two factions. In October of 1569, during the course of the third of these conflicts, a Catholic army of about 25,000 men including a Swiss mercenary contingent soundly defeated a Huguenot army of roughly equal strength. The Huguenots suffered 8,000 casualties while the Catholics lost only around 1,000. The Huguenot captain Francois de la Noue was captured.

Bataille de Moncontour by an unknown artist


Points of Interest:

  • This was the third civil war between French Catholics and Huguenots. It was initiated when Catholic Royalists broke the Peace of Longjumeau by attempting to capture Louis de Bourbon.

  • The war would end with the Peace of St. Germain in 1570, but reignite again in 1572.

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