How Common Were Guns In the 17th Century

I seldom mention guns in literature or the theater, so I was a bit surprised to find a “how common wee guns 17th century England.”

While the subject is interesting, I have made no special study of that sujcet, so I will hold an answer.

I will observe that mention of guns in literature probably reflects their relative presence in society. While Shakespeare’s works mention edged weapons and their parts many times, and in most of his plays, Shakespeare mentions guns only seldom.

From that I take it that the still common longbow was in common use, guns were relativelly uncommon.

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