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Failed attack on Antwerp. The Duke of Anjou led the attack on Antwerp on 18 January 1583. In an attempt to fool the citizens of Antwerp, Anjou asked to be permitted to make a 'Joyous Entry' into the city in order to honour them with a parade. As soon as his troopers entered, the gates of Antwerp were slammed shut behind them. Anjou barely escaped with his life. Nearly his entire army perished. Francis, Duke of Anjou and Alençon (1555 – 1584) was the youngest son of Henry II of France and Catherine de' Medici.

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Failed attack on Antwerp.   The Duke of Anjou led the attack on Antwerp on 18 January 1583. In an attempt to fool the citizens of Antwerp, Anjou asked to be permitted to make a 'Joyous Entry' into the city in order to honour them with a parade. As soon as his troopers entered, the gates of Antwerp were slammed shut behind them. Anjou barely escaped with his life. Nearly his entire army perished. Francis, Duke of Anjou and Alençon (1555 – 1584) was the youngest son of Henry II of France and Catherine de' Medici.