Richard the Lion Heart English Shield

Make Your Own Medieval

$74.95 AUD $99.95 AUD


Discounted due to minor scratching to paint

Make your own Medieval experience with this Richard the Lion Heart shield. This heater shape shield is suitable for costuming or decoration.

This shield is made from 18 gauge steel and is hand painted with the heraldry of three rampant lions on a crimson field. The back of the shield is blackened to protect against corrosion and has a steel handle with wooden grip which is securely welded to the shield and a leather forearm strap with adjustable buckle. The shield looks great mounted onto a wall

The use of lions in the heraldry of the Royal Arms of England occurred in the 12th century at the start of the age of heraldry. The lion has long been a potent symbol in Arthurian legend of knightly virtue and strength. Such as the story of Yvain, the Knight of the Lion who has a loyal lion as a companion which helps defeat giants and fierce knights. Lions had previously been used by the Norman dynasty as royal emblems and in France heralds historically used the term "leopard" to represent the lion passant guardant.

The first English king believed to have a single lion rampant was henry I (1100-1135) and the tradition was passed onto his Plantagenet successors. Henry II (113-1189) bore two affrontés lions and then Richard I (1189-99) who had three. The use of three lions as the kings or royal arms was continued by kings John (1199–1216), Henry III (1216–1272), Edward I (1272–1307), and Edward II (1307–1327)by kings John (1199–1216), Henry III (1216–1272), Edward I (1272–1307), and Edward II (1307–1327) until 1340.

Traditionally the three lions have come to symbolise the nation of England although according to heraldic usage nations do not bear arms, only persons do.

The shield measures 46cm x 71cm (18"x28")

Approximate weight : 3.25 Kg