George Stout crawled through the wall opening and into a room even he, who had been at Siegen and Merkers, never imagined.
But the process was, as a matter of fact, communicated to him by a German soldier, Ludwig von Siegen.
He went to the little village of Siegen, in western Germany, where his illustrious son was born on June 29th, 1577.
After his birth, his father was set free in Siegen and allowed to go back to the city in which he had misbehaved himself.
Rubens was sent to prison, and thereafter banished to Siegen, where his wife joined him.
Antwerp and Cologne have claimed his birth, but subsequent historical investigation has shown Siegen as his birthplace.