The shield is one of the oldest weapons, used for defence or attack. It's an authentic protection to shelter from the enemies' attacks. The shield is more than 5000 years old. Initially it was made by wood or willow wood.
Viking and Celtic shields
The viking shield was round, light and with the right size to shelter the torso. It had a handle on its back to guarantee the grip and the easy handling. The viking shield was usually decorated with northen mythology hand made paints.
The shield in the Middle Ages was used as protection in the hand to hand fight, but it wasn't useful to shelter from the archery or throwing weapons' attacks. From the end of the XIII century until the beginning of the XVI century the shields used to be triangular, but in the XVI century, they were rounded and metallic with some luxury gems or precious stones setting, to be shown in the medieval tournaments.
Different kinds of shields
- Adarga: oval leather shield.
- Buckler: small shield with an umbo in the center.
- Aspis: shield used by the Greek infantry.
- Clipeus: round and domed shield used by Greeks and Romans.
- Pavise: oblong shield, protecting almost the whole body.
- Rondache: lenticular shield fixed on the arm with some straps.
- Targe: medieval shield with metal fittings.
- Scutum: Roman rectangular shield, straight or convex.
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