The Battle of Grolle (Dutch: Slag om Grolle) is a regular historical reenactment of the siege of the fortified border town of Groenlo (formerly known as Grol or Grolle) in the Achterhoek (a region in the eastern part of the Netherlands) in AD 1627, during the “Eighty Years War” or “Dutch War of Independence”. The war was started in AD 1568 by the Seventeen Provinces (a union of states in the Low Countries roughly corresponding to the today Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, part of Northern France and Western Germany) against the rule of king Philip II of Spain, sovereign of the Habsburg Netherlands. The war ended in year 1648 with the Peace of Westphalia which recognized the Dutch Republic as independent country.
The event is held in and around Groenlo itself every two years. The event lasts for three days and features a historic battle reenactment and a historic fair, with reenactors from many European countries. During the event, the reenactors try to relive the conditions of 1627 as faithfully as possible.
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