The Romance of Modern Sieges: Describing the Personal Adventures, Resource and Daring of Besiegers and Besieged in All Parts of the World (Classic Reprint) by Edward Gilliat (Paperback / softback, 2015)
Excerpt from The Romance of Modern Sieges: Describing the Personal Adventures, Resource and Daring of Besiegers and Besieged in All Parts of the World These chapters are t histories of sieges, but narratives of such incidents as occur in beleaguered cities, and illustrate human nature in some of its strangest moods. That facts are stranger than fiction these stories go to prove: such unexpected issues, such improbable interpositions meet us in the pages of history. What writer of fiction would dare to throw down battlements and walls by an earthquake, and represent besiegers as paralysed by religious fear? These tales are full, indeed, of all the elements of romance, from the heroism and self-devotion of the brave and the patient suffering of the wounded, to the generosity of mortal foes and the kindliness and humour which gleam even on the battlefield and in the hospital. But the realities of war have t been kept out of sight; w and then the veil has been lifted, and the reader has been shown a glimpse of those awful scenes which haunt the memory of even the stoutest veteran. We cant realize fully the life that a soldier lives unless we see both sides of that life. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.