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What were weapon laws like in ancient times? I know there were restrictions on blade size etc but say I am a British commoner in the 15th century, could I go out and just buy a halberd or arqebus if I had the means?
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>>533550
Well I know blacks weren't able to have guns except the Creole community of Alabama thanks to the Adams Onis treaty that the government actually accepted to respect. Allowed them to have their own schools too.
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>>533550

Yes, although there were laws about strangers possessing them in towns and going out at night. Men were required by law to possess certain weapons and armour for military service.

Check out the Coventry Leet Book online for some interesting bit's and pieces about the practicalities of daily 15th century life.
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oi! hope yev got a shovel license!
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>>533607
Do we know of people that collected weapons and armor even though they would have no use for it? Like a modern day collector or hobby historian. How expensive were weapons to the common man?
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>>534035
There were plenty of weapons and armor that were purely ornamental.
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I believe ask historians on Reddit has the answer to that, its probably in the FAQ. Sorry, I am on my phone.
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>>533550
I believe you could carry a sword in the Roman Empire, though Apuleius is my only source for it.
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>>534035

There are some inventory and will records showing lords possessing more armour than they can physically wear at once. Some is obviously for giving to other people, but there must have been a few who liked getting lots of shines new armour just for the sake of it or to keep up with fashion. From memory John Fastolf (possibly the basis for Shakespeare's Falstaff), has 20+ different helmets of various sorts in his possession at the time of his death.

Collecting cool old stuff has always been around, but what we'd recognise as a collector today only really comes about in the 16th century when people staRT putting together cabinets of curiosity. These are litterally just a cabinet with a bunch of STUFF thrown in. Roman coins next to feathers brought back from the Americas next to grandfather's old rosary, that kind of thing.

Weapon prices differ greatly. I'm sure there's price lists around on,ineffective somewhere. Again from memory and based on talks on the subject, a suit of good, imported Italian armour would cost £2-3. This is about a full years wage for a unskilled farm labourer. A suit of well made English armour would be £20+. I've seen records of swords of similar prices but these were absolute top end of the scale, compared to 'an old sword' listed in an inventory for 1d (1 penny), or about 1/3 of the farm labourers daily wage.
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>>534046
Stay there
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>>534046
Subtle reddit shill
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What were television licenses like in ancient times?
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>>533550
UK had a bill of rights allowing all free men to be armed.
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>>533550
>but say I am a British commoner in the 15th century, could I go out and just buy a halberd or arqebus if I had the means?

IIRC British commoners didn't have the means.

You can murder a man just as efficiently with a billhook as a short sword.
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>>533550
In feudal Japan, provinces recently conquered or otherwise in unrest were subjected to what were called "sword hunts". The ruling lord's men would roam the countryside confiscating weapons from the peasantry en masse.
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>>534586
>UK had a bill of rights allowing all free men to be armed.
Not in the 1400s it didn't.
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>>534605

Eh, this wasn't really a thing until the Sengoku Jidai, though. At least not in large scale. Until the 1500's or so, citizens were allowed to own and carry swords wherever they wanted, within reason.
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>>534597

'British commoners' spanned everyone from the beggar in the gutter to the mayor or London. A good chunk of then most certainly had the means.

>>534649

No they had laws like the Assize of Arms FORCING them to be armed.
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>>533550
I know that in some areas during the middle ages you could have a knife but not a sword. A knife was defined as full tang and no other qualifications. That's where the Messer came from, literally knife in German, because it was full tang it could be carried by citizens
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>>536288
Wat Tyler
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Emperor Maximilian drafted laws to restrict the possession of concealable firearms. In fact these laws predate any extant examples of pistols or firearms that could be practically concealed, meaning that pistols existed from the early-15th century rather than the mid-15th century as would be believed from the archaeological evidence.
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>>533550
That pic does not represent the "law", so it's a bit questionable that you use it as an introduction.
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