Benefits Of The Medieval Shield

Medieval shields were used as a form of protection for the soldiers but also as a way of identifying what side the soldiers belonged to. The shield protected the soldier from hand-to-hand combat and from flying projectiles. For identification, sometimes the only way to identify soldiers was to look at the shield. The shields were constructed with a “coat of arms” which identified the royal families. This helped the soldiers identify who were allies and who were enemies. The shield design consisted of a field background with a charge overlay. The field was usually a base color while the charge was a picture of an animal. More info: medieval armor

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