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

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De suffocatione hostium in vallibus nivosis


CAP. XXXVIII.

                                        CVM superioribus primis libris abunde osten sum sit, quam
Moles nivium instar montium.                                         immensæ moles nivium tota hyeme, magnaque parte veris &
                                        autumni, campos Septentrionalium regnorum occupant, vt
                                        & montes, & colles partim æquare videantur, & ob id præsentis
                                        figuræ series facilius demonstratur. Dum itaque Sueci
Certamen hyemale.                                         & Gothi hyemale certamen adversus Teutones, Danos, aut
                                        Moschovitas, gravibus provocati injuriis, instaurare coguntur,
                                        modis omnibus hostilem exercitum, quanta equestri,
                                        vel pedestri potentia præditus sit, explorant: compertoque
quod egregiis, ac grandibus equis, majori parte cataphractis, numero & apparatu
quasi invincibili accedunt, quæcunque resistentia suis viribus prostraturi, in eorum
Armati & animati incolæ hostibus resistunt. occursum non tam armati, quam animati viritim incolæ exeunt, maximæ vt hostes
tam atroces, virium atque locorum congressibus attritos, jugulent, ac prædensur.
Certa enim experientia norunt, talem hostem haud difficulter, aut trepide superandum
Impedimenta equestrium. fore, qui pluribus gravis armaturæ impedimentis inter altas nives, opacas sylvas,
abdita præcipitia, & nivales glacialesque voragines irretitus, & illusus, etiam si adversarius
aliquis patriæ defensor non obstaret, necessario corruet vrgente natura: eoque
celerius idipsum eisdem inimicis evenit, quo delicatius enutriti sunt, & locorum
Ignari locorum celerins cadunt. ac periculorum ignari, dum ipsi Aquilonares populi, cœli terræque injuriæ assueti, per
montes, & devia in ipsa sæva hyeme nivibus densatis, vel occurrentibus inimicis
Fuga simulata. congredi non formidant: vnde & bello imminente superbos hostes simulata fuga,
Vorago nivosa. vel in loca nivosa, vbi gravitate armorum velut in limosa voragine immersi, more
ferarum retibus constrictarum, ab inermibus ruricolis interimuntur, vel in paludes,
stagna, lacus, & amnes, propter latentem sub nivibus aquam, educunt, vt casu
Nix apparens solida periculum affert. continuo ruant submergendi. Apparet quidem vix solida in supeisicie, sed subtus
secreto fluminum esu adeo infirma, vt vix lupum, minus hominem, &
maximæ armatum, sufferre possit. Prospiciat ergo hostis,
quam infeliciter cum elementis pugnare præsumit.
De globis
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