Siege of Jülich (1621–22)

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File:Gulik 1622.JPG
Siege and taking of Jülich, 1621-1622, engraved by the workshop of Frans Hogenberg, 1622-1624
Siege of Jülich
Part of the Eighty Years' War and the Thirty Years' War
La rendición de Juliers.jpg
The Surrender of Jülich circa 1635 by Jusepe Leonardo, oil on canvas. Museo del Prado.
Date September 5, 1621 to February 3, 1622
Location Jülich
(present-day Germany)
Result Spanish victory
Dutch Republic Dutch Rebels  Spain
Commanders and leaders
Dutch Republic Frederik Pithan
Dutch Republic Maurice, Prince of Orange
Spain Ambrosio Spinola
Spain Hendrik van den Bergh
Casualties and losses
3,000 surrendered[1] unknown, minor

The Siege of Jülich was a siege that took place between September 5, 1621 and February 3, 1622, during the Palatinate campaign of the Thirty Years' War. After five months of siege the Spanish army under Ambrosio Spinola took the Dutch-occupied fortress of Jülich, compelling its garrison to surrender.

Surrender and aftermath

The defenders, some 3,000 men, surrendered on February 3, after five months of siege. Cardinal de la Cueva in Brussels had reported to the king that "han sentido mucho los olandeses la pérdida de Juliers" (the Dutch greatly regret the loss of Jülich).[1]

In line with her instructions to appoint Spaniards rather than Spanish Netherlanders as military governors of towns conquered from the Dutch, the Archduchess Isabella named Don Diego de Salcedo, reportedly a persona de muy buenas partes as governor of Jülich.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Israel p.35-36


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