I know that man catchers were invented sometime during the medieval times, but were they actually used during the medieval times?

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    Good. Now, are you looking for proof of attempted use? Or proof of successful use? Aug 26 '18 at 21:55
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    A little of both @PieterGeerkens Aug 26 '18 at 21:56
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    I have not enough to warrant an answer: I visited the Gevangenpoort museum in The Hague, where they original have man catchers on display. So they must have been used. Very recently about 2 weeks ago I saw a news item on Thai TV where the police demonstrated modern man catchers to capture dangerous persons.
    – Jos
    Aug 27 '18 at 0:17
  • Could you please put your comment down as a proper answer @Jos Aug 31 '18 at 1:07

I've visited the Gevangenpoort (Prisoners Gate) museum in The Hague, The Netherlands, decades ago when I was a lad. They have dievenvangers or man catchers on display.

It seemed a bit cumbersome to use to me, but recently I saw a Youtube clip in which the Thai police use man catchers to subdue a dangerous person: https://youtu.be/Hqtny9yj8u8. I haven't seen this in action, but it looks like standard equipment, the way it is handled in the clip.

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    This is evidence that "man catchers" are usable but not that they were used that way in medieval times. A video of a modern cowboy lassoing a steer would not be good evidence that lassoos were used in mediaeval times. Aug 31 '18 at 10:41
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    It wasn't an example man catchers were used in the middle ages, but are today. The 'dievenvangers' link is an example of medieval usage, or at least during the 16-17th century.
    – Jos
    Aug 31 '18 at 23:18
  • @RedGrittyBrick Bad analogy, the museum showed the mancatcher existed back then and then a modern example was given of a similar tool being used. You could argue that mancatchers were only used to escort prisoners once caught such as parading them publicly rather than being used to catch them in the first place.
    – Daniel
    Apr 20 '19 at 22:29

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