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LIBER SEPTIMVS        233


De fundis lapidum, & igniti ferri.



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CAP. XVI.


                                        FLEXIBILIBVS catenis, ferreisque juncturis, sustibus
                                        ligneis alligatis, sæpius in castrorum obsidione, quam reliquis
                                        armis Aquilonares vtuntur, præsertim vbi campus
                                        circumiacens fit lapidosus. Vbi autem saxa non sunt, quodCampi lapidosi.
                                        raro videtur, crustatum ferrum ignitum scintillis micans,
                                        forfice in bursam fundæ impositum, vehementi jactu in castraFenrum ignitum proiicitur fundis.
                                        emittunt. Habent enim semper ad manum vasa instar
                                        barilium Romanorum, plena crustato ferro: eoque in ignem
                                        misso, & fundis applicato, ac contra obsessos projecto,
tam vehemens vulnus, & cruciatum infligunt, vt rara, vel nulla medicorum opeCruciatus multiplex.
valeant restaurari. Casu etenim ob ponderis gravitatem, & tactus adustionem, irremedicabiliter
lædit: sicque abditorum ferreorum crustorum terrore, vel vulnere conficiunt
hostem: cujus rei memoria recentior est in Danorum Rege Christierno II. quiChristierni 2. regis Daniæ exercitus ignito ferro laceratus effugatur.
talibus armis M. D. XXI. in civitate & castro Arosiensi perdidit potentissimum
exercitum suum. Similiter & sagittis ignitis: quæ de flamma ereptæ, atque forfice ballislis
impositæ, repentino jactu eo atrociora vulnera indiderunt, quo minus manibus
propter ardorem extrahi quiverunt. Sed miserabilius erat, quod ferreæ sagittæ,
ac crusta ignita in pulverem bombardalem cadentia, quasi momentaneo excitatoIgnitæ sagittæ bombardales pulveres incenderunt.
flammarum impetu, latius per circuitum plurimos astantes milites interemerunt: maxime
etiam, quia Montani, ferox hominum genus, mineralibus exercitiis educatum,
sagittis, saxis, ferreisque crustis, quasi imbribus per fundas emissis, vehementer
instabant. Vidi ego exinde spatio CCL. milliarium Italicorum navigio in regiam
Suetiæ Holmiam plurimos sic miserabiliter fauciatos, eodem anno terribili spectaculo, Spectaculum miserabile.
nempe naribus, oculis, brachiis, pedibusque evulsis adduci: qui tandem
insanabili vulnere, & cruciatu, præcipue Germani, Dani, & Scoti miserabili morte
vitam efflarunt. Quæ fors & mors, eisdem militibus Germanicis, ac Danicis,
præcipue Iuthis, & Holsatis evenit, quod Montanos illos ( Dalacarlos dico despectoHostis inermis non contenendus.
nomine inermes rusticos, ac ad prælia indisciplinatos, homines stupidos, & imbecilles
reputabant, & appellabant, etiam imprecantes, quod e cœlo myriades comMyriades.

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