Heraldry Shields

Discover Heraldry

In combat it was hard to identify knights wearing helmets. This meant that their bravery and skill might go unrecognised or that they might be attacked by their own side.

Knights used badges so people could see who they were. These were displayed on their helmets, surcoats and shields.

Explore the different shields and discover to whom they belonged and what they meant.

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Is newer better?

The last cast-iron British smoothbore cannon, the 68 pounder, was 8 inches (203 mm), the same calibre as the heaviest guns of King Henry VIII three hundred years earlier. Their performance was probably not very different either!

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