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FAMOUS BATTLE SECOND SIEGE OF NAMUR 1695

“LOUIS’S TALENTED ENGINEER SÉBASTIEN LE PRESTRE DE VAUBAN THEN IMPROVED NAMUR’S DEFENCES ONCE AGAIN, TO THE POINT WHERE IT WAS CONSIDERED TO BE IMPREGNABLE”

Although William III was king of England, Scotland and Ireland, he had also been prince of Orange from birth and was the stadtholder (steward) of the majority of provinces within the Dutch Republic. His Dutch identity and territories were therefore at the heart of his fighting policies against Louis XIV, and Belgium (then known as the Spanish Netherlands) became a key buffer zone between the two kings’ forces.

The city of Namur

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