|2.1 The construction of the shield
THE SHAPE 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
The horse-shaped shield is popular with clergy, who are
Shields with a lance holder.
Shields of a more square shape became popular as the practice
of quartering developed.