Battle of Lewes

The Battle of Lewes was one of two main battles of the conflict known as the Second Barons' War. It took place at Lewes in Sussex, on 14 May 1264.[1] It marked the high point of the career of Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester, and made him the "uncrowned King of England". Henry III left the safety of Lewes Castle and St. Pancras Priory to engage the barons in battle and was initially successful, his son Prince Edward routing part of the baronial army with a cavalry charge. However, Edward pursued his quarry off the battlefield and left Henry's men exposed. Henry was forced to launch an infantry attack up Offham Hill where he was defeated by the barons' men defending the hilltop. The royalists fled back to the castle and priory and the King was forced to sign the Mise of Lewes, ceding many of his powers to Montfort.

Battle of Lewes
Part of Second Barons' War

Plan of the Battle of Lewes
Date14 May 1264
Location
Result Baronial victory
Belligerents
Royal forces Baronial forces
Commanders and leaders
King Henry III (POW)
Prince Edward (POW)
Richard of Cornwall (POW)
Humphrey de Bohun (POW)
John de Warenne
William de Valence
Roger Mortimer (POW)
Simon de Montfort
Gilbert de Clare
Nicholas de Segrave
Henry de Montfort
Guy de Montfort
Humphrey (V) de Bohun
Hugh le Despenser
Strength
~10,000 ~5,000
Casualties and losses
2,700 Unknown
Monument to the Battle of Lewes

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