Today in the Middle Ages: June 30, 1451

The French captured the city of Bordeaux on June 30, 1451.

The region had been under English rule ever since Eleanor of Aquitaine's marriage to Henri Plantagenet, later Henry II of England, in the 12th century. The citizens of Bordeaux considered themselves English and sent a message to Henry VI asking for relief. His armies responded, and the battle of Castillon in 1453 resulted. The French won, ending the Hundred Years' War in their favor.