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Recent arrests

Recent arrests | The Daily Post |
On Wednesday night, many complaints were filed to local police. These complaints were about a man begging outside of The Mermaid Tavern. A witness claims that he was banging his fists on exterior stone wall, and throwing stones through the open door. He was yelling things such as "I demand fortune from each wealthy man, you haggard jolt-heads" Later, the man was identified to be Leonard Valentyne, a cloak maker whose business failed 3 years ago. This was the second time Leonard has been caught begging. When he was seen the first time, he received a bloody and merciless beating. This time, the consequence was a lot worse. He was brought to the stones of the town parish boundary and was hanged. Thursday morning, he was pronounced dead.

Police were also asked to make investigations about a woman who supposedly attacked a young boy and his mother not far from the Globe Theater. We got a chance to speak with the victim, Alice Bennet. She told us,
"My son and I were walking to see my husband perform at the theater. As I was reaching for my bag, a middle age woman ran at us from behind, and grabbed the bag right off my shoulder. As soon as I yelled for help, she took off. I noticed she was wearing a black cloak and gloves, and I believe she has short brown hair and green eyes." The attacker has not yet been found or identified. If anyone has further information, or any idea of who the woman might be, please report it to your town officials right away.

Throughout last week, two men were spotted in various locations of the forest owned by our monarchs. Nobody thought much of it until they showed up at the home of a local merchant, Nicholas Danyell. They had cases of killed animals such as rabbits, squirrels, ducks, birds, and fish. When Nicholas accused them of illegally poaching the creatures, the men tried to take the case and escape, but were stopped before they could do so. Nicholas' wife went to the police as soon as she found out the situation, and the two men were arrested. They were later identified as Jeffrey and John Stevens, who claim to be servants of the King and Queen. They are expected to show up in court this week, and if proven guily, they will be put to death.
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Get to know our military and weapons

Get to know our military and weapons | The Daily Post |
The medieval Feudal system has just ended. Nobles are no longer expected to provide trained soldiers to fight for the Queen or to provide clothes and weapons for the soldiers. Weapons has changed and the musket has just been introduced. However the threat of war is still constant due to the Spanish and French. Many weapons from the Medieval period are still of use. England does not have a standing army, so we rely on the strength of the 'Trayned Bandes', or Trained Bands, who act as a National Guard.The threat of the Spanish also ensured that many of the tried and tested weapons we use during do not disappear through time. Some of the weapons we use now are:

A variety of swords as well as the rapier including the Broadsword and the Cutting sword
The Battle Axe - A variety single and double-handed axe were in use throughout the Medieval period
The Mace - The mace was an armor-fighting weapon. The Mace developed from a steel ball on a wooden handle, to an elaborately spiked steel war club
The Dagger including the Basilard, a two-edged, long bladed dagger
The Lance - A long, strong, spear-like weapon. Designed for use on horseback
Arbalest - This is the correct term for a Crossbow
Axe - Single and double-handed battle axe
Bill - A polearm with a wide cutting blade occasionally with spikes and hooks
Billhook - Capable of killing Knights and their horses
Bow and Arrow
Caltrop: Sharp spikes on 12 - 18 feet poles used, in formation, to maim a horse
Crossbow - The crossbow range was 350 – 400 yards but could only be shot at a rate of 2 bolts per minute
Halberd - A broad, short axe blade on a 6 foot pole with a spear point at the top with a back spike
Longbow - The Longbow could pierce armor at ranges of more than 250 yards - a longbowman could release between 10 - 12 arrows per minute

Firearms are being used more and more, so if you don't have one yet I would look into purchasing one. The musket has just been invented in 1520. Then in 1595 all bows will be exchanged for muskets. The most popular firearm is the Matchlock (this name derived as it was fired by the application of a burning match), but it is getting replaced by the much better Flintlock. Cannons are developed which replaced the heavy artillery we used to use such as the ballista, trebuchet and the Mangonel. These cannons are made of bronze or iron and fired stone or iron. They are made in different sizes and were used on both land and on sea.The introduction of firearms brought a end of castle warfare and the building of the magnificent Medieval castles. As you can see we're continuing to develop are weapons further and further.
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A Spoonful of Sugar helps the Medicine go Down

A Spoonful of Sugar helps the Medicine go Down | The Daily Post |
The cities are getting dirtier and the people are not getting any healthier. In today's age, many are getting sick and dying. Especially in the big cities. If you live in the London area, watch out for places that are very unsanitary. These places are very likely to have people with serious diseases. These illnesses include the Bubonic Plague, typhoid, head pain, stomach pain and lung problems. Also, if you are a pregnant woman, try to make plans for the care of the baby if you do not make it out. Child birth is something that doctors are still in the process of trying to make better and more safe.
When the physician comes to your house, do not be afraid of what he is wearing. To protect himself from the disease you carry, he wears clothes that cover him from his head to his toes. Boots and gloves protect his feet and hands for more protection. Possibly the scariest thing about the physician is his mask, the beak is filled with a special oil that prevents him from breathing in the contaminated air that is in your home.
To help you get better, listen to the physician when he tells you what to take for your illness. If you do not, you may die. Physicians rely on the teachings of Hippocrates and Aristotle to diagnose illnesses and provide the correct care. Each major disease that breaks out has some sort of remedy for it. Many remedies and cures for the illnesses that physicians find include herbs that the apothecary sells. The herbs can be between arsenic and lavender, so don't be surprised when the physician tells you what the remedy is!
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Globe Theatre presents Julius Caeser

Globe Theatre presents Julius Caeser | The Daily Post |
This past Sunday, London was exposed to something beautiful. A new play writer had been discovered. He goes by the name of William Shakespeare. His writing shows a whole new side to what theatre could become. He creates word if he can't find the right one. He showed us this through the work of Julius Caesar. This play is a tragedy that takes place in Verona and Mantua Italy. It was performed at the Globe Theatre.

Julius is an ambitious political leader in Rome, whose goal is to become an unassailable dictator. The story becomes more captivating when Caeser is warned to "beware the Ides of March". The prophecy comes true and Caesar is assassinated. A well respected Roman senator, named Marcus Brutus is the mastermind behind the assassination. He commits this conspiracy because he believes it will relieve Rome of a dictator. Instead, it backfires and catapults Italy into a Civil War.

Thomas Platter said, "we witnessed an excellent performance of the tragedy of the first Emperor Julius Caesar." Indeed it was a marvelous performance. The cast of fifteen actors bring the play alive. I recommend that all of London should see this play. The plot is creative and exciting. I think the people of London will be expecting more intriguing plays from this new, profound play writer.
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