Plan de la Ville de la Rochelle Plan de la Ville de la Rochelle, et l’Ordre du blocquement d’icelle par le Sr. Dougnan Gentilh[omme]: Millanois, Architecte de guerre pour le Roy; esleu pour tous le rumemens de terre faictz et a faire devant lad[itte]. ville, suyvā[n]t le Commandemē[n]t de sa Majeste Tres=Chrestienne donné pour ce à Nos Seigneurs de Son Conseil, Du Camp ä Naitré le ixme. Septembre 1627.
- Author: DOUGNAN
- Publication place: Paris
- Publisher: Jean le Clerc
- Publication date: 1627.
- Physical description: Engraved map with letterpress text on two joined sheets.
- Dimensions: 360 by 485mm. (14.25 by 19 inches).
- Inventory reference: 11354
The Siege of La Rochelle began in September 1627. The city had been granted to the Huguenots in France in the Edict of Nantes, and became a Protestant stronghold. It was a focal point in the French Wars of Religion and in the Anglo-French War, and royal troops had surrounded it for a month before the city garrison finally fired on them, and the siege began in earnest. The siege, and the role of Cardinal Richelieu as a commander of the royal forces there, was memorably described by Alexandre Dumas in ‘The Three Musketeers’. Francois de Bassompierre, a French courtier leading the first wave of the attack, declares “You will see, gentlemen, that we shall be fools enough to take La Rochelle!”.
The Ashmolean Museum (Oxford) has a more general manuscript map of the siege drawn by Dougnan.