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ATTENTION!!! ATTENTION!!!!! SERVANT NEEDED

The Buckingham Family on 4 Greenway Court is in need of a new servant! They require a male, 6 feet in height or above, and strong and able. Must be good with small children. Pays 4 Pennies a day. Visit them during the evenging hours during the week for an application.

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Latest Fashion Trend- Catherine Miller

     Fashion is ridiculously strict! During this era, Elizabethan Era, (1558-1603) there are laws that men and women are expected to follow. They are called Sumptuary Laws. These laws are very well known by the English people. The laws are based on medieval clothes and are supposed to provide information of the person’s status wearing the clothing. Also, it set what type and color of clothing individuals ware permitted to wear. Only royalty can wear clothes trimmed with ermine. Lesser nobles are only allowed to wear clothing trimmed with fox, otter, and other fabrics. Lower class only wears silk, taffeta, and velvet trimmings on buttons, cloaks, hats, and caps. If these laws are broken the punishments could be harsh-fines, the loss of property, title, and even life. Imagine, being new to England and not knowing the Sumptuary laws. Next, thing you know is that you are about to be killed. The Sumptuary Laws are meant to determine which rank and position the person is by clothes.

 

     The clothes that men wear are all based on their status, position, and rank. The King, his brothers, his uncles, and his children wear any type of clothing made of purple silk. Whereas Dukes, Marquises, and Earls can wear purple silk too but only on doublets, jerkins, linings of cloaks, gowns and hoses. On the contrary lower class men including: brick masons, shoemakers, carpenters, artisans, and a few retailors who don’t own land wear brown, yellow, orange, green, and grey wool, linen, and sheepskin. Middle class men can wear many of the same fashions as the nobles just with lesser fabrics and simpler trims.

 

     Women wear similar clothes to the men according to their social class as well. The Queen, her mother, her sisters, her aunts, and her children wear any type of clothing made of purple silk just like the men. The only difference is that it was more feminine and seductive. This is achieved by introducing opened ruffles in front to expose the neck. Duchesses, Marquises, and Countesses wear gowns, kirtles, part lets, and sleeves made of golden cloth or golden tissue. Middle class women who are wives of barons’ sons or of knights wear gowns made of velvet and furs of leopards. Also, cowls, sleeves, part lets, and linings made of spangles or pearls of gold, silver, or pearl. In addition, satin, damask, or tufted taffeta are materials used to make gowns, kirtles, or velvet kirtles. In addition, they wear enameled chains, buttons, aglets, and borders. Lower class women wear the exact same as lower class men, brown, yellow, orange, green, and grey wool, linen, and sheepskin.

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Weekly Recipie from Le Bistro Pierre

To make a Pudding of Goose Blood
Save the blood of a Goose, and strain it, then put in fine Oatmeal steeped in warm Milk, Nutmeg, Pepper, sweet Herbs, Sugar, Salt, Suet minced fine, Rosewater, Limon Pill, Coriander seeds, then put in some Eggs, and beat all these together very well, then boil them how you do like, either in a buttered Cloth or in Skins, or rost it within the Neck of the Goose

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A Dastardly Defeat- Eric Arthur

"How has Devereux's campaign gone?", you were probably wondering this because of the rumors of his great success and victory. However recent news has returned of his campaign and let me tell you, it is not pretty. It seems as though Elizabeth made a huge mistake by appointing Devereux to shut down the Irish revolt, not only did he not do that, he also made a truce with O'Neill. How could he bring so much shame and embarrassment to our great county! Why would he ever negotiate with that hot-headed rebel leader. Devereux failed and let our country down.
Devereux's campaign was terrible. What great shame he brought upon us! Elizabeth ordered him to march right into Ireland and attack O'Neill head on. Instead Devereux thought he was smarter than the queen and marched to south Ireland first, and let me tell you, that was a horrible mistake. Devereux ordered our men to make garrisons, and instead of facing soldiers like they were told they were going to, they faced fatigue, hunger and sickness. Then finally that idiot Devereux decides to follow his orders, but now it was too late. Too much of his army has died and by the time he reached O'Neill he lost and offered a truce. We had such high hopes for him, but he let all of us down.
Elizabeth should not let that failure of a man on a campaign ever again. He brought so much shame and embarrassment to our great country. How will Elizabeth deal with him I do not know, but I hope it's something he deserves. He shouldn't be welcomed into this country again.

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William Shakespeare: A Remarkable Man- Nick O'Connor

William Shakespeare: A Remarkable Man- Nick O'Connor | Stratford Observer | Scoop.it

           We have been blessed with the gift of the excellent writer, William Shakespeare. He has accomplished so many things in his lifetime. What a remarkable life so far.

 

           William was born in Stratford England, on April 26th, 1564. William went to school in Stratford, while also working for his father, John, in the Glove making business. Not much has been recorded so far of his childhood. Around 1579, Shakespeare had begun working in theater, performing with several groups including the Queen’s Men, during 1587. It wasn’t until 1592 where he had completed his first set of plays. His first play, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, started to stir up envy in other play writers, and it unintentionally challenged them to write. 1592 jumpstarted his career, as he has produced many enjoyable tales. He produced all the parts of Henry VI, Romeo and Juliet, a Midsummers Nights Dream, Hamlet, and Julius Ceasar. His most prized possession is the Globe theater, located in London, England, also known as Shakespeare’s Globe. The globe was constructed last year, and Shakespeare has put on Henry V, Hamlet, and Julius Ceasar in the Globe. The globe was made with parts of an old theater, by using lumber and wood. So far, what a remarkable man. I see much more success, and many more plays to come our way, from the great William Shakespeare. God bless William Shakespeare!

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Be A Proper Maiden in Three Easy Steps!- Anusha Attique

Women! Oh, women! Listen up, fair women! It is past noon. Have you finished your chores yet? Where are your children? Where are the servants? If you are a wise woman with a proper household, the answers to these questions should be of no difficulty.

However, if you are in a bit of a mess, never fear, read on and I will clean it up so that you don't humiliate the rest of us! Step one of being the perfect housewife, is to recognize and play your role. You have to remember that you have to remain completely dependent on your husband, so act like it! Otherwise, people will Only in widowhood is a woman legally recognized as an independent individual and if that's what you desire, please know the reckless and dangerous road you are heading down. You, dear lady, are in charge of all the domestic responsibilities. You clean and you cook and you care for the health and well being of your household. This is the most important role so do not forget and always strive for perfection!

Like all proper households, you must have a servant. Remember, you are subordinate but you are not powerless! Stay strong in your affairs and rule wisely. Make sure that no one, not even a member of your nuclear family, is even a step out of line. We don't want a bad reputation now, do we? As the saying goes, "Hell of the horses, the Purgatory of the servants, and the Paradise of women". You have to remember that living under Elizabeth's time is a blessing for all women so treasure it and live out your years like a proper maiden.

Another important lesson you must learn, is to have a breed that practices great lengths of proper etiquette. Your children are your artwork and their lives are entrusted in your hands. Teach them how to be polite! Should a child ever address me as "hey, lady," he would be struck across the face faster than a hungry horse gobbles it's apples. Teach them how to "make a leg" and behave around others, especially the elderly and those of higher social statuses. Good luck, fair women and I hope I have helped to make a positive difference in your lives! I leave you with a quote by the political theorist, Sir Thomas Smith:

"Women...nature hath made to keep home and nourish their family and children and not to meddle with matters abroad..."

 

Today's recipe of goose blood pudding can be found to the left of this article.

 

 

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