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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Who would forget this special sword and the story of Camelot, King Arthur, and the Knights of the Round Table?
They have their own soldiers and serfs under their rule and protection.
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.
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.
It also served as protection from arrows.
Warriors typically carried the shield on one arm for deflecting blows while gripping their swords on the other hand.
The effectiveness of the shield in hand-to-hand combat relies greatly on its construction.
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.
It provided additional safeguard as a knight wore chain mail as body protection.
The heater shield was much smaller than the kite shield and used by those on horseback.
Both the kite and heater shields were made of laminated wood.
These were large freestanding shields providing safeguard for crossbowmen and archers as they reload their weapons.
It was round in shape and was 8 to 16 inches in diameter.
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.
While deflecting the blow sideways using the shield, it then provided an opening for a counterattack.