Siege of Braunschweig 1671

In 1605-1606 and 1615, the city of Braunschweig, with support from the Hanseatic League, had withstood two attempts by the Dukes of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel to take her by siege.
In 1671 Duke Rudolf August of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel undertook a third attempt; this time he acted in alliance with the Dukes of Braunschweig-Calenberg and Braunschweig-Lüneburg, his relatives.
This time Braunschweig fell; the decline of Braunschweig's trade during and after the Thirty Years' War had deprived the city of the funds necessary to improve her fortifications and to muster an adequate garrison; also the Hanseatic League was unable to raise a relief army.

Stadtgeschichte während der Hanse (City History during the Hanseatic Era), from Stadtportrait Braunschweig, in German
The Duchy of Brunswick, from German-Canadian Museum of Applied History
Braunschweig - Brunswick. 800 years history of a famous town, from German-Canadian Museum of Applied History
Rudolf August Herzog zu Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel, from
REFERENCE Hans Jürgen Querfurth, Die Unterwerfung der Stadt Braunschweig im Jahre 1671, Waisenhaus-Buchdruckerei; 1953, in German

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