The Siege of Chartres


A scenario for

Spanish Fury!


Left to right: Conde, Coligny, and Guise

-The Situation-

It is near the end of the Second Civil War, but neither side knows it; both are near bankrupt.
The Royal army sits in Paris unable for want to supplies to hazard much, while at the same
time fearful of fighting the Huguenot's German Mercenary "Reiters", since even a victory against
them is likely to lead to enormous casualties, especially among the noble cavalry, while doing
little for the country. The Huguenots, having lifted a feeble enemy siege of Orleans previously,
is now searching for a way to force an advantageous peace on the King while finding a way
to pay their increasingly turbulent mercenaries.

The answer to both their problems is Chartres, the rich cathedral town, important enough to
the government to fear losing it and rich enough to satisfy the Germans with the plunder within
its walls. The Huguenots lack heavy guns and steady infantry, but have numbers; the Catholics
have just heavily reinforced the city with turbulent Gascons. Present is the young Duke of Guise,
looking to make a name for himself and avenge his murdered father- he will prove a force to be
reckoned with. Time however, is working against both sides.......


The Besieged:

French Catholics-
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Two regiments of French Foot, 8 coys each
One regiment of Gensdarmes, only 3 coys
4 coys Town Militia, Raw
Pioneers, 4 coys
One Battery
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One General-
Nicolas des Essars, sieur de Linieres, the Governor

One Noble Hero-
Henri de Lorraine, 3rd Duke de Guise*
*If Guise is killed, the besieged lose One Resolve point
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It is Winter.
The Troops are Unpaid
Resolve, and Powder are Average
Victuals are Good
Treasury is Good
Walls are Poor
Supply is Average

Reinforcement is Average


The Besiegers:

French Huguenots-
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Two regiments of French Foot, 8 coys each
Two regiments of German Foot, 8 coys each
One Regiment of German Foot, 4 coys
One regiment of Gensdarmes, 4 coys
Two Regiments of Reiters, 4 coys each
Pioneers, 9 coys
Two Batteries
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Two Generals-
Gaspard de Coligny, Admiral of France
Louis Bourbon, Prince de Conde

One Noble Hero-
Francois de la Noue
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It is Winter.
The Troops are Unpaid
Victuals are Poor
 Resolve, and Powder are Average
Treasury is Poor
Supply is Poor
Reinforcement is Average
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Billeting is Good

Field Ring Defense is Average

The Town is on a River (the Eure) and it is surrounded by a Dry Ditch.
Roll for Terrain normally.

-Historical Outcome-

The Huguenots arrived in mid-February just missing a huge reinforcement which was able to
slip into the city. Working frantically against time, the besiegers quickly set up their lines, and
planted batteries facing the north wall focusing against the Drouaise gate. There were numerous
and damaging sorties, many led by the duke of Guise, who swore he would never stop until he
had an honourable scar to show the ladies of Paris. Within a week a breach was made and
ferociously assaulted, but the attack was repulsed and the townsfolk attempted to fill the breach
with any materials to hand, including beds and bolts of cloth.

After several more attempts, Conde realized he had to choose a new section of the city to attack.
Faced with numerous desertions, and his treasury emptier than ever, he entered into negotiations
with the crown. On the 13th of March a truce was brokered, and on the 24th, a peace treaty
favourable to the Huguenots was compounded.

From the Captain-

We hope you enjoy this little scenario. If you can come up with one, please write us, and we'll post it!
Some rules need to be added. Conde placed his batteries on a hill which caused more damage, and
the Huguenots actually diverted the river! Food for thought.....

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