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(1555) [MARC] [MARC] Author: Olaus Magnus
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375        DE BELLIS GLACIALIB.

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De machinis glacialibus.


CAP. XVIII.

                                        VTVNTVR etiam Gothi, ac Sueci in aggrediendis, diripiendisue
                                        fortissimis arcibus, castellis, & vrbibus, machinis,
                                        seu propugnaculis obliquis, e trabibus abietinis validissime
                                        fabricatis: quas quidem machinas facilimo compendioMachinæ ligneæ altissimæ.
                                        super ipsam glaciem impetuosa manu admotas, mœnibus
                                        opponunt, earumque præsidio muniti, omnem saxorum,
                                        trabiumque jactum directe, vel superne emissum, ne
                                        noceat, avertunt. Nihil enim vel altitudinis impetum, vel
                                        gravitatis impulsu, quantuncunque violenter demissum fuerit,
machinas ipsas propter earum obliquitatem infringere, vel dissolvere potest, immoMachinæ glaciantur.
nec ignibus immissis ab obsidione clausis comburi: quia continue aquam in vehementi
frigore desuper effusam, spiscius congelari procurant, paulatimque propinquius
ad portas, & mœnia vi armata protrudunt, ac turmis militaribus firmant, eadem
fere sub machinis, & castrensibus præsidiis vtentes commoditate, quo perfrui
solent viatores in glacialibus casis ( prout primo lib. dictum est ) vbi pro frigoribusCasæ glaciales.
arcendis copiosa suppetunt ligna, itidem & commeatus sufficientes, ac stipendia liberaliter
distribuenda: & ob id atrociorem obsessis inferunt difficultatem. Quo viso
trepidum militare agmen obsidione clausum, intramuros, & mœnia acrius seAgmen militare conclusum superatur.
tueri compellitur, dum nullus insidiarum locus pro conficiendo, vel abigendo hostem
vndique attentatus occurrit. Non enim combustibilibus fomentis hostiles machinas
propter circundantem glaciem comburere possunt, nec dolosis cuniculis ob terram
saxea duritie congelatam erumpere, nec bombardis, aut tormentis minimo saltemModi erumpendi.
loco hostes conficere, vel sagittis, aut fundis deturbare, nec aperto congressu
eisdem tute resistere, nec arcibus relictis sylvarum latebras ob asperrimum gelu fugiendo
recipere. Constantibus tamen armis, & animis iidem inclusi sese defendunt,
donec obsidentes formidine glaciei resolvendæ machinas ipsas aut sponteGlacies resoluta solvit obsidionem.
comburant, aut longe remotius in littora fugientes secum abducant. Neque sic ab eorum
atroci impugnatione securi redduntur obsessi. Machinas enim easdem subito
in latissimas rates conversas, eodem loco super apertas aquas, quo alias in solida glacie
steterunt, facilime reponunt, aut sinunt eas majori super inducta amplitudine in

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