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Battle of Trancoso

Battle of Trancoso
Part of 1383–1385 Crisis
Date 29 May 1385
Location Trancoso, Portugal
Result Portuguese victory
Kingdom of Portugal Crown of Castile
Commanders and leaders
Gonçalo Vasques Coutinho
Martim Vasques da Cunha
João Fernandes Pacheco
Juan Rodriguez de Castañeda
About 300 men About 600 men
Casualties and losses
Unknown 400 dead[1]
6 out of 7 captains killed

The Battle of Trancoso was fought in 29 May 1385[2] between the Kingdom of Portugal and the Crown of Castile.

Following the coronation of João of Aviz, John I of Castile sent an army into the Portuguese region of Beira in retaliation for Portuguese defiance, where they committed all the kinds of atrocities.[3] The city of Viseu was plundered and burned,[4] but when the Castilians were returning to Castile with their booty and the many prisoners they had taken, a Portuguese army met them, dismounted and assumed a defensive formation. The Castilians exhausted themselves in attack but ended up being utterly routed,[5][6] with very high casualties among their ranks, and with six of their seven captains killed.[7] The Portuguese released all those taken captive by the Castilians and recovered all the pillage taken from their towns.[8]

See also


  • Jean Froissart, Sainte-Palaye (Jean-Baptiste de La Curne, M. de La Curne de), Chronicles of England, France, Spain, and the adjoining countries,: from the latter part of the reign of Edward II. to the coronation of Henry IV. (1839)
  • João Gouveia Monteiro, Aljubarrota-1385-A Batalha Real (2003) ISBN 972-8799-04-7
  • Pereira Felix, Abridgement of the History of Portugal (2009)
  • H. V. Livermore, A new History of Portugal (1966)
  • H. Morse Stephens, Portugal A History (1891) ISBN 978-1-4400-8356-3


  1. ^ Stephens, p.111
  2. ^ Monteiro, p.28
  3. ^ Pereira Felix, p.116
  4. ^ Pereira Felix, p.116
  5. ^ H. V. Livermore, p.102
  6. ^ Pereira Felix, p.116
  7. ^ Froissart, p.160
  8. ^ Froissart, p.160

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