Battle of La Higueruela
Part of the Spanish Reconquista
Battle of Higueruela.jpg
The Battle of Higueruela as depicted in the Gallery of Battles at the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain.
Date1 July 1431
Location
Result Castilian victory
Belligerents
Bandera de la Corona de Castilla.svg Crown of Castile Royal Standard of Nasrid Dynasty Kingdom of Grenade.svg Nasrid dynasty
Commanders and leaders
Bandera de la Corona de Castilla.svg Álvaro de Luna Royal Standard of Nasrid Dynasty Kingdom of Grenade.svg Muhammad IX
Strength
Unknown Unknown
Casualties and losses
Unknown about 12,000
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The Battle of La Higueruela (literally: "Battle at the little fig tree") was fought in the Vega of the river Genil near Granada on 1 July 1431 between the forces of John II of Castile, led by Álvaro de Luna, and troops loyal to Muhammed IX, Nasrid Sultan of Granada. The battle was a modest victory for the forces of Castile, with no territorial gain and failing to take Granada.[1] Following this battle, John II of Castile installed Yusuf IV, grandson of Muhammed VI,[2] as Sultan of Granada.[3]

The battle is depicted in a famous series of fresco paintings by Fabrizio Castello, Orazio Cambiasi and Lazzaro Tavarone in the Gallery of Battles at the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial.

See also

Footnotes

  1. ^ Joseph F. O'Callaghan, The Last Crusade in the West: Castile and the Conquest of Granada, (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014), 214.
  2. ^ Houtsma 1987, p. 880
  3. ^ Fernandez 1989, p. 75

Bibliography

  • Echevarria, Ana (1999). The Fortress of Faith: The Attitude Towards Muslims in Fifteenth Century Spain. Brill Academic Publishers. ISBN 90-04-11232-4.
  • Fernández, Luis Suárez (1989). Los Reyes Católicos: El tiempo de la Guerra de Granada. Ediciones Rialp. ISBN 84-321-2560-1.
  • Houtsma, Martijn Theodoor (1987). E.J. Brill's First Encyclopaedia of Islam, 1913-1936. VI. BRILL. ISBN 90-04-09792-9.