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WorldGermans in crossbow deaths shared passion for Middle Ages

16:16  14 may  2019
16:16  14 may  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Crossbow , a weapon used in the Middle Age , consisted of a tiller, made of wood and often decorated with horn ivory or bone, to one end of which was attached a short bow . Initially, this was just made from wood, like the ordinary bow , but was replaced by stronger and more powerful composite bows made

In the history of Europe, the Middle Ages (or medieval period) lasted from the 5th to the 15th century. It began with the fall of the Western Roman Empire and merged into the Renaissance and the Age of

Germans in crossbow deaths shared passion for Middle Ages© Lino Mirgeler A hotel on the banks of the river Ilz in Passau, southern Germany, were police are investigating the baffling deaths of three people found in a room of the Bavarian hotel with crossbow bolts in their bodies.

Three Germans killed with crossbows in a series of five deaths shared a passion for medieval folklore and weaponry, local media reported Tuesday, as an autopsy suggested a murder-suicide pact.

Police investigating the initial triple death mystery said they found the last wills of two of the victims in a hotel room, and no signs of a struggle or involvement by other people.

Germany has been baffled by the macabre case since the trio of corpses was found Saturday in a hotel in the Bavarian town of Passau, followed by Monday's discovery of two dead women across the country in the town of Wittingen.

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Despite the rise of knightly cavalry in the 11th century, infantry played an important role throughout the Middle Ages on both the battlefield and in sieges. From the 14th century onwards, there was a rise in the prominence of infantry forces, sometimes referred to as an "infantry revolution".

When the crossbow first began to be used, it was hated by a number of people. In fact, the Pope declared that if a person used a crossbow , that person could be excommunicated and demanded that the weapon be banned. People viewed crossbowmen as having no honour so people were hesitant to

Germans in crossbow deaths shared passion for Middle Ages© Christophe Gateau A forensic expert arrives to secure evidence at a cordoned off house in Wittingen, northern Germany, where two women were found dead in the apartment of one of the three people killed by crossbows at a Bavarian hotel

Mass-circulation Bild daily reported that the victims had shared a fascination with the Middle Ages, including knights' tournaments, jousting, medieval weaponry and alchemy.

An autopsy report found that two of the victims in the Passau hotel room -- a man named Torsten W., 53, and a woman called Kerstin E., 33 -- were found lying in the double bed, hand-in-hand.

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A crossbow is a type of elastic ranged weapon in similar principle to a bow , consisting of a bow -like assembly called a prod, mounted horizontally on a main frame called a tiller

German police say they are investigating the deaths of three people whose bodies were found with crossbow bolts in them in a hotel room in Bavaria. German news agency dpa reported on Sunday that employees of a hotel in the town of Passau found the bodies and two crossbows in the room.

They were killed with crossbow shots to their heads and hearts, the post-mortems found.

The last wills of the couple from Rhineland-Palatinate state were also found in the room, police said.

The other woman, 30-year-old Farina C., lay on the floor, a single crossbow arrow in her neck -- not in her chest, as previously reported.

The local prosecutor's office said it was treating the case as a "requested killing and suicide", suggesting Farina C. first shot the couple and then herself.

- Medieval fascination -

The three had checked into the riverside hotel Zur Triftsperre, close to the Austrian border, on a rainy Friday night.

Farina C. reportedly paid in advance the 300 euros ($340) for three nights without breakfast before they all disappeared into their room.

The two women were dressed in black, media reports said.

The three were carrying no luggage and returned to the carpark only later to collect the crossbow bags.

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10. Richard I, 1199 Cause of Death : Shot down by a boy who was holding a frying pan. Richard had bankrupted England in 1199, thanks to the Third Crusade. During the siege of the castle, a young boy that was armed with a frying pan grabbed a crossbow and fired into a group of knights on horseback.

The European Crossbow probably evolved as a portable form of ancient Greek and Roman war machines such as the arbalest or arcubalistae for shooting arrows, Josef Alm. European crossbows possibly for hunting are depicted in 4th century reliefs in France.

Three crossbows were later found in the room, one still packed in its bag.

Bild daily said Torsten W. had for the past five months owned a shop called "Milites Conductius" that sold medieval-style swords, axes, knives, flags and clothing as well as mead, an alcoholic drink made of honey and water.

Tattooed on his arms were symbols of the medieval alchemists or natural philosophers, it said.

The shop in Rhineland-Palatinate state had also provided space for sword-fighting lessons in the evenings, said Bild.

Also on display in the shop was a bizarre female mannequin wearing suspenders, tied with ropes and chains, smeared with red paint and its head bandaged, a Bild daily photo showed.

Farina C. was a bakery sales manager with a "passion for the Middle Ages community, the hustle and bustle of medieval markets with jugglers and knight tournaments," reported Munich's Merkur daily.

On Monday, police searching Farina C.'s apartment -- some 650 kilometres (400 miles) miles away, in Wittingen, Lower Saxony -- found two more dead women aged in their 30s.

Most media reports said one of the women was Farina's life partner, while the Merkur said she was her sister.

According to police, no crossbows or arrows were found at the Wittingen crime scene, inside a timber-framed house.

"The modus operandi cannot be compared," said a police spokesperson.

German law tightly restricts firearms but archery equipment is freely available as sports equipment and anyone over 18 can purchase a high-powered crossbow.

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