Battle of Zutphen

Battle Of Zutphen

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The Battle of Zutphen was a confrontation of the Eighty Years' War on 22 September 1586, in Zutphen, the Netherlands. It was fought between forces of the United Provinces of the Netherlands, aided by the English, against the Spanish, who sought to regain the northern Netherlands.

Important English soldiers included Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, Peregrine Bertie, George Whetstone, Henry Unton, and Robert Sidney, whose brother, Philip, was mortally wounded during the battle and died in Arnhem at the age of 31. A story about Sir Philip Sidney (intended as an illustration of his noble character) is that he gave his water-bottle to another wounded soldier, saying, "Thy need is greater than mine". Dudley Knighted Welsh mercenary Roger Williams for his performance during the battle.The battle was won by the Spanish. Months later, officers Stanley and York gave Zutphen up to the Spanish, along with the city of Deventer.

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