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Carrying Weapons
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2029  Wednesday, 22 August 2001

From:           Werner Broennimann <
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Date:           Wednesday, 22 Aug 2001 14:28:19 +0100
Subject:        Carrying Weapons

Who was permitted to carry weapons in Elizabethan England (not on the
stage, but in the streets)?  According to "Shakespeare's England" II.112
most men wore a broadsword or a dagger, while apprentices were only
allowed a knife (although we know from Crocodile Dundee that the size of
knives may vary).  Is this accurate?  Was there any social distinction
in the wearing of particular types of weapons?  Are there any reprints
of edicts or any critical materials on this matter?

Werner

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