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Warfare in Europe

Shield

Height: 83.000 cm

M&ME 1863,5-1,1

Shield

From: Flanders or Burgundy
Date: late 15th century AD

This shield would not have been used in battle as it is not strong enough to stop a weapon. It was probably used in parades and may have been a prize won by a brave knight.

The picture on the shield is of a knight kneeling before a lady, with a skeleton representing death behind the knight. The meaning of the picture is that the knight would be prepared to die in the attempt to win the love of his lady.