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Title: Living in Fear of Revenge: Religious Minorities and the Right to Bear Arms in Fifteenth-Century Portugal
Contributor(s): Soyer, Francois  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2010
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Abstract: The enforcement of law and order presented an inextricable dilemma for the Crown in the fifteenth-century kingdom of Portugal. The rulers of Portugal were faced by the conflicting necessities of ensuring their subjects were sufficiently well-equipped to serve in their armies in the event of war whilst at the same time tackling the very real threat to public order posed by the proliferation of armed men throughout their kingdom. Significantly, the response of the Crown was never to seek to restrict the ownership of weapons but rather to regulate the right of individuals to carry them in public. Various laws instituted by Joao I (1385-1433) attempted to limit the right to bear arms-beyond royal officials- to knights and citizens of Lisbon. During the minority of Afonso V (1438-81), however, the regent Prince Pedro (d. 1449) liberalized the right to carry weapons publicly to include all free men on condition that no weapons were carried to be carried in public at night or used inappropriately. The only individuals who continued to be banned outright from bearing arms in public were clerics in holy orders, Jews and Muslims.1
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Vengeance in the Middle Ages: Emotion, Religion and Feud, p. 85-103
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Limited
Place of Publication: Surrey, England
ISBN: 9780754664215
Field of Research (FOR): 210307 European History (excl. British, Classical Greek and Roman)
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

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