Medieval Shields

Contrary to what many people expect, shields were not all made of steel. In order for a steel shield to be sturdy enough to retain its shape under blows, it would have been much to heavy for a man to use.

A sturdy wooden shield, however, is much lighter, can keep its shape, will absorb the shock of impact, and is capable of stopping a blow from most weapons.

Not many shields have survived. They are required to take a terrible beating and were discarded as they wore out. The shield like above (King Richard) may have been a wall plaques.



Weapons Sword Lance Shield Chainmail Axe Mace Dagger Longbow Catapult Gunpowder battering ram