Campaign of the Month: August 2011
Le Ballet de l'Acier
The formation that would become the Navarre Regiment began as a Huguenot troop raised by King Antoine, the father of Henry of Navarre, who died in 1562. Following the death of King Antoine the Navarre regiment was reduced to a bodyguard for the young King Henry of Navarre. He was compelled to send his bodyguard to join the royal army against the Huguenots at the battle of Dormans in 1575. The Navarre regiment was placed under the command of the sieur de Valliraut in the battle of Arques in 1589 and was present in the siege of Paris under Henry of Navarre. In 1591 Navarre participate in the siege of Chartres. In 1595 it was present at the siege of the castle of Beaune and the siege of Dijon. In 1597 it took part in the siege of Amiens during the war with the Spanish.
The Navarre regiment fought at Ponts-de-Cé under Condé in the second War of the Mother and Son. During the Huguenot campaigns of 1621 and 1622, Navarre saw action at Saint-Jean-d’Angély, Montauban, Negrepelisse, and Montpellier.