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Norman kite shield

This Norman kite shieldis battle ready and can be use at reeactnement events (not a mere decoration).

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Out of stock. Delivery date 16-Sep at your place


151,00 €
124,79 € excl. VAT

Norman kite shield

Specifications

  • Height approx. 103cm
  • Width approx. 50 cm
  • made out of steel plate
  • made in the Czech Republic
  • weight when made of 16 gauge (1,5mm) … approx. 7 kg
  • weight when made of 14 gauge (2,0 mm) … approx. 10 kg

 


A kite shield was a distinct type of shield from the 10th–14th centuries. It was either a reverse teardrop shape or later on, flat-topped. The tapering point extended down to either a distinct or rounded point. Believed to be an evolution of the simple round shield purely to guard one whole flank of a rider when in combat, the shield gained popularity amongst professional soldiers as it allowed them to guard their foreleg when in a mêlée. It was either flat in section, or featured a gradual curve, to better fit the contour of the human torso, much in the style of a scutum. The kite shield is most closely associated with the Normans, who were one of the first cultures to use it widely, and can be seen throughout the Bayeux Tapestry.

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