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Siege of Le Catelet
Part of the Franco-Spanish War (1595-1598) and the Anglo-Spanish War (1585–1604)
Date20–26 June 1595
LocationLe Catelet, Picardy, France
Result Spanish victory[1]
Kingdom of France Kingdom of France
 Kingdom of England
Croix huguenote.svg Huguenots
Commanders and leaders
Unknown Spain Count of Fuentes
Unknown 5,000[2]

The Siege of Le Catelet, also known as the Capture of Le Catelet, took place at the stronghold of Le Catelet, in Picardy, between 20 and 26 June 1595, as part of the Franco-Spanish War (1595-1598) and the Anglo-Spanish War (1585–1604), in the context of the French Wars of Religion.[1][3] After a short siege, the Spanish forces commanded by the new Governor-General of the Spanish Netherlands, Don Pedro Henríquez de Acevedo, Count of Fuentes (Spanish: Conde de Fuentes), took the French fortress, compelling its garrison to surrender, as part of his offensive of 1595.[1][3] Few days after, the Count of Fuentes and his forces continued with the offensive and took La Capelle,[4] and on July 14, arrived at Doullens and laid siege to the city.[1][4]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Wernham p.29
  2. The Count of Fuentes, with 4,000 foot and 1,000 horse, had marched in from the Spanish Netherlands and taken Le Câtelet. Wernham p. 29
  3. 3.0 3.1 Demarsy p.8
  4. 4.0 4.1 Knecht p.80


  • Demarsy, Arthur. La prise de Doullens par les Espagnols en 1595. Paris. 1867. (French)
  • Knecht, Robert J. (1996). The French Wars of Religion 1559–1598. Seminar Studies in History (2nd ed.). New York: Longman. ISBN 0-582-28533-X
  • John H. Elliott (2001). Europa en la época de Felipe II, 1559-1598. Barcelona: Editorial Crítica. ISBN 978-8-48432-243-6 (Spanish)
  • R. B. Wernham. The Return of the Armadas: The Last Years of the Elizabethan War against Spain 1595-1603. Oxford University Press. 1994. ISBN 0-19-820443-4

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