Story of 1066

The story of 1066: Collectibles

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The shape of shields

Two different shield shapes are depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry. The kite-shaped shield is often associated with the Normans. This design covered the full length of the body and was carried on the left forearm while mounted on a horse.

The Saxons, who normally fought on foot, are often portrayed as carrying round shields, a stronger and heavier protection which was a vital element of the Saxon shield wall.

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The Bayeux Tapestry gives us a keen insight into the weapons that were wielded in the Battle of Hastings. From the simple and affordable club to fine steel-bladed swords, we take a closer look at one of England's most famous battles and the weapons used by the Normans and Saxons.

The weaponry of 1066
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