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'An exact Representation of the Siege of Lisle by John, Duke of Marlborough 1708'

Engraving by J Pass after J Godefroy, published 1797.

Lille was besieged by the forces of John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, in August 1708, during the War of the Spanish Succession (1702-1713). At this time, Lille was one of the most formidable cities in Europe. Its elaborate fortifications had been designed by Marshal Vauban, the most famous military engineer of the day, and the French King Louis XIV had spared no expense in their construction. It was only after a costly and protracted siege that the city was taken on 10 December.

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NAM. 1965-02-33-1


National Army Museum, Out of Copyright


National Army Museum, Study Collection

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