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While a Crusader knights may have been a bit helpless without their swords, they were nothing without their shields. As the first means of defense in battle, the shield was essential to guarding a knight from fatal blows of the enemy. As armor and helmet styles evolved and changed through the centuries the Holy Wars were waging, shields did too. In addition to being effective as protection in battle, shields were decorative pieces as well. Their surfaces typically boasted the insignia of the Templar, Teutonic, and Hospitaller order along with some variation of the Crusader cross. Because a knight’s entire head was covered by a helmet, a shield was the primary way of identification. Though these defensive pieces faded at the end of the Late Middle Ages, their splendor remains alive and well through Armor Venue’s line of Crusader shields.
Whether you are completing your knightly ensemble for your next costume event, engaging in a battlefield re-enactment, or showcasing a piece in your home or office, our Crusader shields will not disappoint. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-315-0377.