- Glossary definition: Saintonge War
Saintonge War

Feudal dynastic encounter that occurred in 1242 between forces of Louis IX of France and those of Henry III of England. Saintonge is the region around Saintes in the west of France. The conflict was fought because some vassals of Louis were displeased with the land that Louis had given to his brother, Alphonso, comte de Toulouse. The French decisively defeated the English at the Battle of Taillebourg and concluded the struggle at the Siege of Saintes, but because of dynastic sensibilities and the desire to go on a crusade, Louis did not annex Guyenne.