Shield

All About History - - THE CRUSADES / CRUSADER KINGS -

Adorned with the Chris­tian cross of their or­der, the Tem­plar shield was large and long, with a teardrop de­sign pro­tect­ing their en­tire torso and up­per legs. It was con­structed from wood and had a metal rim, the lat­ter help­ing to pro­tect against it split­ting un­der the weight of sword blows. It had a leather hand­grip at the rear.

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