THOSE ENTRUSTED WITH ARMS
Author: Frederick Wilkinson
Publisher: MBI Publishing, Jan 2003
History of the Police, Post, Customs & Private Use of Weapons in Britain. 120 illus; 6x10 inches, 304 pgs.
? A detailed look at the history of armed public servants
? Looks at police forces, customs officers, Royal Mail officials, and prison officers
? Fully illustrated with 120 photographs, drawings, and engravings
This fascinating study examines the use of arms within British society, principally for the protection of life and property, from medieval and Tudor times to the present.
Those Entrusted with Arms, produced in association with the Royal Armories, is a unique study of armed public servants and charts this complicated and neglected aspect of British history in an accessible and readable way. With chapters on early "police" forces, security guards, customs officers, those charged with carrying the Royal Mail, the modern police force, prison officers, and gamekeepers, this detailed book offers an insight into how British society has developed its own distinctive relationship with law enforcement and the rights of citizens to bear arms.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Frederick Wilkinson is an expert in the history and use of weaponry and served in the Metropolitan Police. He is the author of a number of books and learned articles on the subject.