Medieval Shields on a Battlefield

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If you ask people what they know about medieval swords, most would probably mention the most famous one - the legendary Excalibur. Who would forget this special sword and the story of Camelot, King Arthur, and the Knights of the Round Table?

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Medieval Shields on a Battlefield

  1. 1. Medieval Shields on a Battlefield<br />
  2. 2. If you ask people what they know about medieval swords, most would probably mention the most famous one - the legendary Excalibur. <br />Who would forget this special sword and the story of Camelot, King Arthur, and the Knights of the Round Table? <br />
  3. 3. Books were written and movies were shown depicting this sword in different lights but it always held the distinction of representing the triumph of good over evil. <br />
  4. 4. This may have been because during the Middle Ages, the medieval sword also became a symbol of honor. <br />
  5. 5. The Middle Ages saw the rise of the powerful and rich chieftains or lords. <br />They have their own soldiers and serfs under their rule and protection. <br />A plant or animal representation was the usual decoration on the medieval shieldand serve part of the coat of arms of a particular clan or group. <br />
  6. 6. Like the sword, the shield played an important role in medieval warfare. Aside from being a defensive piece of armor, it became an identifier of sorts. Once in the battlefield, the shield helped distinguish friends from foes. <br />
  7. 7. The medieval shieldvaries in material, size, and shape. <br />However, these shields have but one purpose and that is to protect the warrior carrying it from attacks by hand-held weapons such as axes, maces, and swords. <br />It also served as protection from arrows. <br />
  8. 8. These were made of wood, metal or a combination of both. <br />Warriors typically carried the shield on one arm for deflecting blows while gripping their swords on the other hand. <br />
  9. 9. The shield should be tough enough to provide protection without its weigh and size hindering them from fighting. <br />The effectiveness of the shield in hand-to-hand combat relies greatly on its construction. <br />
  10. 10. As there were different medieval swords, knights, and warriors also used different shields during the Middle Ages. <br />Instead of the usual round or circular shields, the kite shields that were typical in the early part of the medieval period were constructed differently. <br />
  11. 11. Rounded at the top but was slightly tapered downwards, the shield was made to provide protection to the legs without making it heavier. <br />It provided additional safeguard as a knight wore chain mail as body protection. <br />
  12. 12. As the body armor improved, so did the design of the shield. <br />The heater shield was much smaller than the kite shield and used by those on horseback. <br />Both the kite and heater shields were made of laminated wood. <br />
  13. 13. The crossbowmen and archers used the pavise shield for protection. <br />These were large freestanding shields providing safeguard for crossbowmen and archers as they reload their weapons.<br />
  14. 14. In time, soldiers preferred the buckler shield, which was made of metal, and were a lot smaller and lighter. <br /> It was round in shape and was 8 to 16 inches in diameter. <br />This medieval shieldcan easily be carried by the soldiers as these can be hang from the belt and very effective in hand-to-hand combat. <br />
  15. 15. As the shield was made lighter and became easily wielded, it has become the perfect partner to the sword, mace, or axe. <br />
  16. 16. It was a great way to block attacks and at the same time most effective for glancing blows. <br />While deflecting the blow sideways using the shield, it then provided an opening for a counterattack.<br />
  17. 17. For more information about medieval swords and medieval shield, please check out www.historicalclothingrealm.com<br />

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