Battle of Lleida (1642)

The Battle of Lleida took place on 7 October 1642, during the Catalan Revolt, part of the wider Franco-Spanish War (1635–1659). A combined Franco-Catalan army under Philippe de La Mothe-Houdancourt defeated a larger Spanish force led by Marquis de Leganés, sent to capture the town of Lleida.

Battle of Lleida
Part of the Catalan Revolt and the
Franco-Spanish War (1635–59)
The battle of Lérida by Hippolyte Lecomte
Date7 October 1642
LocationCoordinates: 41°37′0″N 0°38′0″E / 41.61667°N 0.63333°E / 41.61667; 0.63333
Result Franco-Catalan victory
Commanders and leaders
Philippe de La Mothe-Houdancourt
Comte de Roches-Baritault   [1]
Marquis de Leganés
9,000 infantry, 4,000 cavalry [2] 17,000 infantry, 5,000 cavalry [3]
Casualties and losses
1,000 2,000 dead [2]


In the summer of 1642, an army commanded by Philippe de La Mothe-Houdancourt, French military commander in Catalonia, marched into Aragon. In order to divert him, Leganés assembled troops from Tarragona and Zaragoza to retake the important city of Lleida, then held by a French garrison.[4]

La Mothe positioned his smaller army in the Llano de las Forques and defeated the Spanish army. After the victory, the French Army besieged Tortosa, but was forced to withdraw.


  1. ^ Beauchet-Filleau 1846, p. 610.
  2. ^ a b De Périni 1898, p. 317.
  3. ^ De Périni 1898, p. 316.
  4. ^ Mitchell 2005, p. 499.


  • Beauchet-Filleau, Henri (1846). Dictionnaire historique et généalogique des familles de l'ancien Poitou (in French). Saurin.
  • De Périni, Hardÿ (1898). Batailles françaises, 1621 to 1643 Volume III (in French). Ernest Flammarion.
  • Mitchell, Andrew Joseph (2005). Religion, revolt, and creation of regional identity in Catalonia, 1640-1643 (PHD). Ohio State University.