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2.1 The construction of the shield


The shield is the fundamental part of the heraldic achievement, yet its shape is not a part of the official description but a matter of time and taste.

Valid for postage and duty

The long shield originated with foot soldiers who needed full-body protection.


The horse-shaped shield is popular with clergy, who are non-combatant.


Shields with a lance holder.

Shields of a more square shape became popular as the practice of quartering developed.

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