Not since the Victorian age has there been such an interest in the arms of the Middle Ages and the renaissance.Fine copies of swords, daggers, polearms, and a number of other weapons are being manufactured, and the craft of the modern armourer has also reached new heights of quality and authenticity.
In many cultures the shield was the mark of a warrior, even more so than the sword or spear.
The Roman historian Cornelius Tacitus wrote, "To lose one's shield is the basest of crimes," and we have all heard the familiar legend of the Spartan mother telling her son, "Come back with your shield or upon it." The intent of this article is to give the shield a bit of increased exposure.
A myriad of types and styles of shields have been used throughout history, and it would be nearly impossible for us to cover them all here.
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An article by Patrick Kelly, Greyson Brown, Sam Barris, Nathan Bell, Bill Grandy, and Alexi Goranov Compiled and edited by Patrick Kelly Here at the dawn of the 21st century we are experiencing a resurgence in the study of ancient arms.
Books such as Medieval Sword & Shield (Paul Wagner and Stephen Hand), and The Anglo-Saxon Shield (I. Stephenson), are welcome additions to this field of study, but these works are in the minority.
This is truly unfortunate, considering the shield's historic role.