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French Religious Wars 1562-1598. Siege of Poitiers 24 July-7 September 1569. Huguenots

French Religious Wars 1562-1598. Siege of Poitiers 24 July-7 September 1569. Huguenots


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Size: 4500 x 3387 (11.6MB)

Date: 27th March 2014

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French Religious Wars 1562-1598. Siege of Poitiers 24 July-7 September 1569. Huguenots

French Religious Wars 1562-1598. Siege of Poitiers 24 July-7 September 1569. Huguenots under Gaspard de Coligny (1519-1572) besieged the city but the defenders held them off with the aid of heavy artillery and a small troop of cavalry, and by flooding meadows. Engraving by Jacques Tortorel fl1568-1590) and Jean-Jacques Perrissin (1536-1617) from their series on the Huguenot Wars c1570

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1562 1598 1569 Artillery Besieged C1570 Cannon Cavalry City Field Fl1568 1590 Hand Heavy Held Huguenot Huguenots Jacques Jean Jacques Lutheran Meadows Perrissin Pike Poitiers Protestant September Series Siege Small Tortorel Troop Warfare Wars Weapon 1519 1572 1536 1617 Arquebus Coligny Defenders Flooding Gaspard


EDITORS COMMENTS
This print captures a pivotal moment in the French Religious Wars of 1562-1598, specifically the Siege of Poitiers that took place from 24 July to 7 September 1569. In this intense battle scene, we witness Huguenots led by Gaspard de Coligny desperately besieging the city. However, their efforts are met with fierce resistance from the defenders who skillfully hold them off using heavy artillery and a small troop of cavalry. The engraving by Jacques Tortorel and Jean-Jacques Perrissin, part of their renowned series on the Huguenot Wars circa 1570, beautifully depicts the chaos and violence that characterized this era. The image showcases not only the devastating impact of warfare but also highlights strategic elements such as flooding meadows to impede enemy progress. Amidst this tumultuous backdrop, we see soldiers armed with an array of weapons including pikes, arquebuses, and cannons engaging in hand-to-hand combat. This visual representation offers a glimpse into both Catholic and Protestant forces clashing for control over religious power in France. As viewers delve into this historical masterpiece captured by Universal Images Group (UIG), they are transported back to a time when religion was at the forefront of political conflict. It serves as a poignant reminder of how deeply entrenched beliefs can ignite violent confrontations while showcasing humanity's resilience in defending what they hold dear against all odds.

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