Monday, September 21, 2009

Elizabethan Weapons and Controlling the Streets

The Elizabethan period was not know as a particularly lawless period of time in world history. Nonetheless, although these was a functioning judicial system (of sorts) there are no regular police force as we have come to think of a police force today. A great deal of so-called law enforcement actually was in the hands of citizens themselves, citizens of the upper classes. As a result, the Elizabethan weapons possessed by these citizens played important roles in social or societal control. Elizabethan weapons in the hands of the private citizenry were responsible for maintaining at least some semblance of order during that point in history.

During this time period, men took to arming themselves with swords. The sword was the most widely used of the Elizabethan weapons.

Elizabethan weapons, particularly swords, were used by private citizens to maintain order. This was particularly true with the rise of a new middle class. Men were charged with working to protect their families from crime. Fathers were called upon to protect their children as well as their unmarried adult daughters.

There are a number of museums in the United Kingdom that maintain very complete collections of Elizabethan weapons. If you get the chance to visit the United Kingdom, you may want to take the time to visit one or another of these museums.

If you would like to obtain more information about Elizabethan weapons, there are a number of books on the market that cover that period in world history. These books are available through most major booksellers and at some local libraries. Additionally, the Internet is a good source of information on Elizabethan weapons and on the period generally. With little effort you will be able to obtain quite a deal of information on the Elizabethan period.