Shields: Not Just For Dinner Parties Any More

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A while back, I was asked to write about the different types of shields.  I’d already set up the posts for July to promote The Life & Times of Ichabod Brooks, so here we are in August.  This takes a lot more research than normal for me because I typically only used three types: Buckler, Large Round (Targe) , and Tower.  So, I’m just going to list all the types and be informative:

  1. Buckler–  These are small shields that are about 18 inches in diameter.  This doesn’t help much against projectiles, so it’s more useful in close combat.  Even then, it won’t protect much against large weapons, so one could see it more as an offensive weapon that you can punch with. Supposedly, the Buckler is partially responsible for the term ‘Swashbuckler’ because it was used to give some defense while depending more on offense.

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