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Camp life in the 17th century

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Camp life in the 17th century


The year is 1620...

In a year's time, the 12-year truce with Spain expires. Moritz Prince of Orange visits his cousin Wilhelm-Ludwig Count of Nassau in Dillenburg. They assemble some of their troops at the fortress of Dillenburg to prepare for the continuation of the military conflict. The aim is the complete liberation of the Netherlands from Spanish occupation.
Today, they are having their troops march to the military review to see how well trained they are. Moritz wants to see whether his reorganization and modernization of the united army of the Dutch provinces has borne fruit, as the march into the Netherlands is imminent.

Even if it means that Wilhelm-Ludwig has to leave his German homelands unprotected for the time being. For a new war begins in Germany.
This war is also about freedom, the freedom of faith. The incipient conflict will almost depopulate Germany, Dillenburg and its surroundings. A terrible and cruel time begins, two plague epidemics and an unleashed soldiery fall upon the country.
Even the town wall completed that year would not save the small town on the Dill.
Only the fortress stands defiant and impregnable on the hill above the Dill, only to fall victim to the flames 150 years later. In another war!
For this event, we welcome around 200 performers from Europe who, for one weekend on the fringes of the King's Day, portray everyday life and the military during the 80-year Dutch War of Independence and the 30-year German War of Religion.
(Note: Moritz and Wilhelm-Ludwig were both born and grew up in Dillenburg, but were not in Dillenburg in 1620. Wilhelm-Ludwig died on May 31, 1620 in Leuwarden, Moritz on April 23, 1625 in The Hague)

Translation: www.deepl.com

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