Info Favorites Register Log in
myArmoury.com Discussion Forums

Forum index Memberlist Usergroups Spotlight Topics Search
Forum Index > Historical Arms Talk > Back Shield ? Reply to topic
This is a standard topic  
Author Message
Darren Tully




Location: Dublin, Ireland
Joined: 14 Oct 2008

Posts: 49

PostPosted: Sun 19 Oct, 2008 2:40 pm    Post subject: Back Shield ?         Reply with quote

It's been mentioned in the Viking sagas that warriors would use slings to carry their shield on there backs outside of combat as well as in combat were they were they wished to use a weapon with both hands. I have seen this style adopted by reenactors who use use spears, long axes or a combination of two weapons and I have experimented with it myself in broom handle dules with my friend taking turns being both spear man and swords man.

What I found was it is most effective when your back is to the side were an outside blow will come from. Most of the time the shield will absorbe a blow from the outside while you can use the spear to parry close range blows from the inside. It also gives you the luxury of turning into a blow to deflect it while you spin away to regain ground for a counter attack . This can also be aplicable two other weapons such as axes but it work most sucessfully with the spear. I see this as a very useful technique to use but does it bare any hisorical fact the only reference I have seen is in the sagas
View user's profile Send private message
Douglas S





Joined: 18 Feb 2004

Posts: 177

PostPosted: Mon 20 Oct, 2008 10:23 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

If you look up Viking Shield in Archaeology you will find mention of rivets and possible rings on the periphery of shields. These could have held straps that would have held the shield on the back during travel.

The use of the slung shield in combat is known from the ancient Greeks, but in terms of the Viking Age, it is surely a "reenactorism".
View user's profile Send private message


Display posts from previous:   
Forum Index > Historical Arms Talk > Back Shield ?
Page 1 of 1 Reply to topic
All times are GMT - 8 Hours

View previous topic :: View next topic
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
You cannot attach files in this forum
You can download files in this forum






All contents © Copyright 2003-2020 myArmoury.com — All rights reserved
Discussion forums powered by phpBB © The phpBB Group
Switch to the Basic Low-bandwidth Version of the forum