A technical term indicating that a location has been invested (surrounded) by troops unfriendly to the occupants of that location. After making zero or more attempts to force their way in, the troops outside (called besiegers) settle down to wait out the (besieged) defenders.
A siege can end via:
- the defenders being relieved by some of their bezzers arriving to help out
- the besiegers starving the buggers out.
Investing castles was very popular during the Medieval period but faffing about for 6 months outside one occured less often after the invention of gunpowder where back doors were simply kicked in. Last great traditional siege was the Siege of Constantinople in 1453.
Other more recent sieges:
- WW1 was basically one long siege although not too sure who was besieging whom!
- Afghanistan has currently got our chaps surrounded.