Siege of Burriana

Siege of Burriana
Part of the Reconquista
Aragonese Conquest of Valencia

Chronological map documenting the Conquest of Valencia.
LocationBurriana, Province of Castellón, Spain
Result Conquest of the City of Burriana by James I of Aragon
Crown of Aragon
Knights Hospitaller
Knights Templar
Senyoria d'Albarrasí
Taifa of Valencia
Commanders and leaders
James I of Aragon
Bernat Guillem de Montpellier
Bernat Guillem d'Entença
Zayyan ibn Mardanish
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The Siege of Burriana was one of the battle actions that occurred during the Conquest of Valencia by James I of Aragon. Burriana was an important Muslim city, being the capital of La Plana, Valencia. It was known as the "Green City". The city was besieged for two months, finally falling to the forces of James I in July 1233.


In 1229, the city of Valencia, known to the Muslims as "Balansiya", had fallen to the forces under the command of Zayyan ibn Mardanish, a local leader who was opposed to the Almohades. In capturing that city, he dethroned Zayd Abu Zayd, who subsequently fled to the Kingdom of Aragon. James I of Aragon used this as a casus belli to intervene in the Muslim civil war on the side of the Almohades, but in reality with the pretext of expanding his own territory.

Two Aragonese knights, Hugo de Follalquer, Grand Master of the Knights Hospitaller, and Blas de Aragón, who had just returned from a period of exile in Valencia, met with Jaime I at Alcañiz. They recounted stories of the prosperity of the Muslim kingdom and encouraged the king to conquer it in 1233.


After taking Burriana, the castles to the north continued to fall into Aragonese hands one by one including; Peniscola, Castelló de la Plana, Borriol, Cuevas de Vinromá and Villafamés. Three years later, the decisive Battle of the Puig sealed the conquest in 1236.

See also



    Zurita y Castro, Jerónimo (2003). "Book III" (PDF). Anales de Aragón (Edició d'Ángel Canellas López. Edició electrònica de José Javier Iso, María Isabel Yagüe i Pilar Rivero ed.). Institución Fernando el Católico. p. 238. 

    Linajes de Aragón (PDF) (in Spanish). Los Cornel. 

    Coordinates: 39°53′22″N 0°05′03″W / 39.88944°N 0.08417°W / 39.88944; -0.08417

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