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From: Sharon Smith Hurlburt <[log in to unmask]>
> Masses wouldn't have had swords. Swords were expensive & so generally
> only owned by those who could afford them. Which means they were also
> wealthy enought to have someone train them.
> An exception would be the Roman army, which issued swords to just about
> everybody, I think. But they were also very trained in how to use them,
> like our modern military is trained to use it's weapons.
I don't necessarily believe that would be true. Only the rich would have
been able to afford purchasing a sword---or at least standing as patron to
sword makers. However, the "under-privileged" could have acquired swords
from the "recently" deceased on the battlefield. (Except in areas where
sword possession of commoners would punishable by death, of course.)