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1. Concept and function

An arsenal was a storehouse for large quantities of weapons and other armaments. Scale alone distinguished it from the older armory (which was generally a room within another building), which might house the weaponry owned by a noble family. The two terms, however, overlap in the earliest modern sources at least, and the Latin armamentarium can also refer to either. The German Zeughaus was generally used in the same sense as arsenal, but it always strictly referr…

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Hohrath, Daniel, “Arsenal”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 21 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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