a medieval minute: shields

An Anglo-Saxon shield from Sutton Hoo.

An Anglo-Saxon shield from Sutton Hoo.

Viking shields.

Viking shields.

A kite shield.

A kite shield.

A triangle shield.

A triangle shield.

An archeology example of a Viking shield.

An archeological example of a Viking shield.

Round shields were popular in the early middle ages. By the time of the Norman Conquest, both knights and common soldiers used kite shields. The kite shield gave more protection for the legs. By the thirteenth-century, armor improved and shields became triangular.

Shields weighed between five and ten pounds. They were usually made of wood and covered with leather. Sometimes they had metal rims. Celts and Vikings generally used round shields with a center metal boss to deflect blows.

To learn more about medieval shields:
http://hubpages.com/education/History-of-Medieval-Shields

My medieval novels are available on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Viscounts-Daughter-Narbonne-Inheritance/dp/1492113301

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About medievalphyllis

I love history and I love writing. I've been working on an historical novel about a medieval viscountess, Ermengarde of Narbonne since 2009. It has been quite a journey and the journey isn't over. Previously I written 6 historical novels for kids, but this is a new challenge.
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