Shields of the Medieval Knight
Here is a comprehensive listing of the various types of shields that were used during the medieval period. Many of these were carried by knights but they were not just part of the armament of mounted knights. Some types were used by infantry and ground troops. They have a long and interesting history. And... If you want to make your own medieval shield I have a couple of projects at the bottom of this page.
Types of Shields
Parts of Shields
Shields evolved over the centuries as technology and weapons evolved. They got stronger and lighter. One of the most important aspects of a shield was that it was often adorned with the crest of a knights family, order, or of the crest for his lord or king. This shows the Knights Templar Cross.
Amazon currently has these great movie replica shields in stock but as of the creation of this link there are only 4 available in stock so take a quick peek and pick one up at a great price.
Knights Templar Shield - Product Page at Amazon
Materials of Shields - Shields were originally made of treated leather. Later they were made of wood and often banded with metal for strength and to protect against hacking weapons.
The Art of Shield Building was always an arms race between the strength of the shield vs its weight.
The Types of Shields
Make a Spartan Shield
This is a great looking shield that is creative and easy to make. It looks just like the shields in the movie 300. Complete tutorial with video. How to make a Spartan Shield
Make a Cardboard Shield