Siege of Sommières, 11 February-9 April 1573

The siege of Sommières (11 February-9 April 1573) was a minor Catholic success during the Fourth War of Religion, but one that took far too long to achieve and only ended when the defenders were given generous terms.

Sommières was close to the Huguenot stronghold at Nismes. It was attacked by a Royal force led by Marshal Damville in February 1573, but the defenders had held out for much monger than he had expected. A number of assaults were beaten off by the defenders, who used boiling oil and red-hot loops of iron against the attackers.

Damville eventually ended the siege by offering the defenders generous terms, including the right for the garrison to march out with full honours of war. The siege ended on 9 April, after delaying the Royal army for two months and costing them around 2,500 men.

How to cite this article: Rickard, J (9 February 2011), Siege of Sommières, 11 February-9 April 1573 ,

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