Description of Medieval Shields

Medieval Shields were developed to shield, or protect, a knight or soldier from the direct blows from the weapons of their enemies. Shields used during the Middle Ages were also used as bludgeoning weapons. The use of the shield as an actual weapon was practised by knights at the Pell. Pell training demanded hours of practise to increase skills, strength and agility in relation to Medieval swords and shields. Medieval shields were decorated with symbols which were used as a means to recognise the knight, both at tournaments and on the battlefield. This form of recognition was necessary as a Medieval Knights armor included a visor which covered the face of the knight. The decoration on a shield, or shield symbols, allowed knights to be easily recognised.

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