Battle of Lleida (1642)

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Battle of Lleida
Part of the Catalan Revolt and the
Franco-Spanish War (1635–59)
Batalla de Lleida (1642).jpg
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
Kingdom of France Philippe de La Mothe-Houdancourt Spain Diego Felipez de Guzmán, Marquis of Leganés
9,000 infantry
4,000 cavalry
15,000 infantry
5,000 cavalry
Casualties and losses
1,000 2,000–3,000 dead
thousands fled, captured or wounded

The Battle of Lleida was a battle fought on October 7, 1642 during the Catalan Revolt.


After a series of victories in 1642 the Franco-Catalan army under the command of Philippe de La Mothe-Houdancourt controlled almost the whole of Catalonia, including Lleida. King Philip IV of Spain ordered Diego Felipez de Guzmán, Marquis of Leganés to assemble an army from Tarragona and Zaragoza to retake Lleida. 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.