Your first line of defense in battle isn't typically your armour, or even a good sword parry, but instead a good shield. And at Medieval Armour, we carry a wide assortment of different shields, ranging from functional shields and battle ready shields that will deflect a blow and save your hide to decorative shields that are perfect for hanging above your mantle. A staple of the traditional warrior for hundreds of years, medieval shields were often just as much protection as they were symbolic of their warrior. We offer a number of shields in different materials, ranging from wood shields to steel shields, both of which serve effectively in battle and offer their own unique ups and downs. We offer shields from various time periods, ranging from traditional Greek shields to Roman shields, all the way up to medieval shields and renaissance shields, as well as an enormous number of shields used by the groups of these eras! That means that if you're looking for a Viking shield, you can find it here, just like you can find knight shields with historic heraldries and crusader shields adorned with holy crosses. We even have fantasy shields, that are pure depictions of artistic freedom emblazoned on both functional shields and decorative shields. If you're marching into battle, you'll want an SCA shield or a battle ready shield for sure, but otherwise, these shields are all perfect for display and for carrying as a part of a costume. No warrior ever has to go without a shield, at least not when Medieval Armour is here to provide a staggering assortment of different medieval shields in dozens, if not hundreds, of different designs, all to suit a wide array of different tastes and purposes.
Battle Ready Shields, Re-enactment Shields, SCA Battle Ready Shields and Functional Shields by Medieval Armour
The Society for Creative Anachronism, also known as the SCA, a group of reenactors who attempt to recreate the arts, and skills of pre-17th century Europe. In combat, they have strict rules and regulations of what can and cannot be used. Luckily, Medieval Armour has done some of the work for you, as all of our SCA battle ready shields are up to code on most common SCA regulations.
Celtic Shields
At Medieval Armour, our Celtic shields are noteworthy based purely on design and detail alone. Many of our medieval era shields feature impressive Celtic designs emblazoned onto a traditional medieval shield. Some of our Celtic shields are fully functional shields, although because of their amazing designs, all of them are best-served as decorative shields.
Crusader Shields
The crusades were a series of military campaigns launched by Medieval Europeans to retake and hold the holy land, which is to say Jerusalem. Out of this military action came a number of fabled knightly orders, as well as noteworthy designs that, today, are instantly recognizable as symbols of the crusaders, the warriors who fought for their faith.
Decorative Shields
There isn't a wall in the world that couldn't benefit from having one of Medieval Armour's decorative shields displayed on it. Each and every one of our decor shields are impressively constructed and designed with display in mind, often replicating classic medieval shield shapes emblazoned with distinctive and noteworthy heraldries as well as iconic symbols and designs.
Functional Shields
If you're planning on using your medieval or renaissance shield, then you can bet that you're going to want to get it from Medieval Armour's selection of functional shields and bucklers. These battle ready shields are ready to go, providing a secure and sturdy defense that will enable a warrior to deflect blows and defend himself (or herself) with ease.
Greek Shields
The shield was an important aspect of Greek warfare, and as such, every Greek warrior, called a hoplite, traditionally carried one. Traditionally Greek shields were wooden shields, although at Medieval Armour, we also offer a number of Greek steel shields, which allows any ancient warrior enthusiast to choose between a variety of materials and designs.
Roman Shields
Even more-so than the Greeks before them, the Romans factored the use of their shields, also called scutum, into their military tactics quite heavily. And at Medieval Armour, we offer a number of traditional Roman shields, so much so that even an ancient Roman warrior would have come to us if he were looking for a good, sturdy shield to carry into battle.
Viking Shields
As fearsome as Vikings warriors and their berserker warriors were, even they understood the importance of carrying a shield. And as popular as Vikings are, Medieval Armour is happy to provide a number of Viking shields that are perfect for completing any warrior's ideal Viking image with either a decorative shield or a fully functional shield.
Wooden Shields
Historically, wood shields were more common their metallic variants, if only because wood shields were easier to replace and easier to create. And here at Medieval Armour, we offer an impressive staggering array of wooden shields, all to offer any intrepid warrior the greatest selection possible, so that he or she can have the functional wooden shield of their dreams.