Siege of Chartres (1568)

Siege of Chartres
Part of the French Wars of Religion
DateFebruary 28 to March 15, 1568
LocationChartres, France
Result Lifted after two weeks;
Peace of Longjumeau on March 23
French Huguenot forces Royalists
Commanders and leaders
Louis I de Bourbon, prince de Condé Anthony de Lignieres
Nicolas des Essars
Probably 9,000[1] Some 6,000 (plus townspeople)[1]
Casualties and losses
300 to 400[2] some 350[2]

The Siege of Chartres in February to March 1568 was the pivotal event which ended the Second War of Religion, an episode of the French Wars of Religion.

The Huguenot army besieged the town at the end of February. The Prince of Condé had five battering cannons and four light culverins.[3] Part of the army acted as block and the rest, about 9,000 men, encircled the town and used their nine guns to breach the north wall. The Huguenots assaulted the town on March 7, but the Royal garrison of Nicolas des Essars, assisted by inhabitants defended stoutly. The assault was repelled and the breach sealed off.

Following the lifted siege, the Peace of Longjumeau was signed, on March 23.


  1. 1 2 Wood, James B. (2002). The King's Army. Cambridge University Press. p. 20. ISBN 0-521-52513-6.
  2. 1 2 Knecht, Robert Jean (2002). The French Religious Wars 1562-1598. Osprey Publishing. p. 44. ISBN 1-84176-395-0.
  3. Wraxall, Nathaniel William (1814). The History of France, from the Accession of Henry the Third, to the Death of Louis the Fourteenth. T. Cadell and W. Davies. p. 58.


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