In medieval times was it a big deal to buy a sword? I was just thinking of parallels of today and back when. I wonder if it was a big decision to purchase a sword such as it is today to buy a gun. And would people a liberal medieval family of gotten a shield instead?
Sounds like you are joking with the second part of your question, but I'll give you some information anyway. Obtaining a sword would have been a very big deal for a commoner, not because of any moral objections but the astronomical expense. Only nobility or wealthier men-at-arms would own a sword in the majority of cases. The price of a typical sword could purchase a typical home in the medieval era. Or a very large amount of food - things that would have been more valuable to the commoner. If the person in question was a serf, then being in possession of a sword could be punishable by death, as in most cases only free men were allowed (obligated, in reality) to bear arms. After all, since they were so expensive, a poor man with a sword would have obviously stolen the weapon.... There were no liberal/conservative political arguments regarding arms ownership, nor warfare. It was a widely accepted way of life. Most of the populace was forceably disarmed in order to prevent them from effectively staging rebellions. When peasant revolts did occur, the forces amounted to a poorly armed and unarmored rabble which was rarely effective. There was a bit of irony here as well, since one of the most common forms of warfare at the time, as it has been through history, was to attack the enemy's resources to prevent them from being able to wage war. In the medieval era, this was the opposing noble's primary source of income - his serfs and the land they toiled upon. As they would be only armed with primitive weapons and were not soldiers, these raids were often effective and the peasants down to the last infant would be slaughtered. Also ironically, the peasants, if any survived, would more often than not blame their own Lord/Lady for the massacre, as he/she had failed to protect them as was their obligation. Oh, and just an FYI. There were no guns at all until the latter half of the medieval era, and they would only very rarely be owned by a commoner. Yet the murder rate was 20 to 100 times greater then than it is today, and this estimate excludes warfare.