A report on ShieldHeraldry and Knight

Zulu chief Goza and two of his councillors in war-dress, all with Nguni shields, c.1870. The size of the shield on the chief's left arm denotes his status, and the white colour that he is a married man.
The German Hyghalmen Roll was made in the late 15th century and illustrates the German practice of repeating themes from the arms in the crest. (See Roll of arms).
A 14th century depiction of the 13th century German knight Hartmann von Aue, from the Codex Manesse.
Wall painting depicting a Mycenaean Greek "figure eight" shield with a suspension strap at the middle, 15th century BC, National Archaeological Museum, Athens -The faces of figure eight shields were quite convex. The cited "strap" may be the ridge on the front (so denoted by the visible pattern of the ox hide) of the shield.
Enamel from the tomb of Geoffrey Plantagenet, Count of Anjou, one of the earliest depictions of modern heraldry.
A Norman knight slaying Harold Godwinson (Bayeux tapestry, c. 1070). The rank of knight developed in the 12th century from the mounted warriors of the 10th and 11th centuries.
Elaborate and sophisticated shields from the Philippines.
Two pursuivants wearing tabards, Windsor Castle, 2006.
The battle between the Turks and Christian knights during the Ottoman wars in Europe
Greek soldiers of Greco-Persian Wars. Left: Greek slinger. Right: hoplites. Middle: hoplite's shield has a curtain which serves as a protection from arrows.
A shield parted per pale and per fir twig fess. Coat of arms of former Finnish municipality of Varpaisjärvi.
David I of Scotland knighting a squire
Two wooden round shields survived at Thorsberg moor
An extravagant example of marshalling: the 719 quarterings of the Grenville Armorial at Stowe House
The miles Christianus allegory (mid-13th century), showing a knight armed with virtues and facing the vices in mortal combat. The parts of his armour are identified with Christian virtues, thus correlating essential military equipment with the religious values of chivalry: 
The helmet is spes futuri gaudii (hope of future bliss), the shield (here the shield of the Trinity) is fides (faith), the armour is caritas (charity), the lance is perseverantia (perseverance), the sword is verbum Dei (the word of God), the banner is regni celestis desiderium (desire for the kingdom of heaven), the horse is bona voluntas (good will), the saddle is Christiana religio (Christian religion), the saddlecloth is humilitas (humility), the reins are discretio (discretion), the spurs are disciplina (discipline), the stirrups are propositum boni operis (proposition of good work), and the horse's four hooves are delectatio, consensus, bonum opus, consuetudo (delight, consent, good work, and exercise).
Ballistic shield, NIJ Level IIIA
German heraldry has examples of shields with numerous crests, as this arms of Saxe-Altenburg featuring a total of seven crests. Some thaler coins display as many as fifteen.
Tournament from the Codex Manesse, depicting the mêlée
U.S. Navy Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen (SWCC) fire a shield-equipped Minigun
Flags as supporters and orders in the armory of the Prince of Vergara.
Elements of a harness of the late style of Gothic plate armour that was a popular style in the mid 15th to early 16th century (depiction made in the 18th century)
Image from Hatshepsut's expedition to Punt showing Egyptians soldiers with shields (wood/animal skin). 15th century BC. Temple of Hathor Deir el-Bahari
The coat of arms of Mikkeli, a city of South Savonia, Finland, has been drawn up in honour of the headquarters of the Finnish Army led by Marshal C. G. E. Mannerheim; this was stationed in the city during the Winter War, the Continuation War and the Lapland War. The coat of arms was originally used without the Mannerheim Cross, and is the third coat of arms affixed to the city.
Page from King René's Tournament Book (BnF Ms Fr 2695)
A hoplite by painter Alkimachos, on an Attic red-figure vase, c. 460 BC. Shield has a curtain which serves as a protection from arrows.
Coat of Arms of the Turiec county in Slovakia.
The Battle of Pavia in 1525. Landsknecht mercenaries with arquebus.
Sword and buckler (small shield) combat, plate from the Tacuinum Sanitatis illustrated in Lombardy, ca. 1390.
State Emblem of the Soviet Union (1956-1991 version)
Fortified house – a family seat of a knight (Schloss Hart by the Harter Graben near Kindberg, Austria)
Drawing from the Codex Manesse showing jousting knights on horseback carrying shields.
Arms created in 1977, featuring a hydrocarbon molecule
The Battle of Grunwald between Poland-Lithuania and the Teutonic Knights in 1410
Ceremonial shield with mosaic decoration. Aztec or Mixtec, AD 1400-1521 (British Museum).
Military coat of arms, depicting a red locomotive.
Pippo Spano, the member of the Order of the Dragon
Australian Aboriginal shield, Royal Albert Memorial Museum.
Reverse of the Narmer Palette, circa 3100 BC. The top row depicts four men carrying standards.  Directly above them is a serekh containing the name of the king, Narmer.
The English fighting the French knights at the Battle of Crécy in 1346
Nias ceremonial shield.
Fresco depicting a shield of a type common in Mycenaean Greece.
Miniature from Jean Froissart Chronicles depicting the Battle of Montiel (Castilian Civil War, in the Hundred Years' War)
Hippopotamus Hide Shield from Sudan. Currently housed at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania.
Vase with Greek soldiers in armor, circa 550 BC.
A modern artistic rendition of a chevalière of the Late Middle Ages.
Aboriginal bark shield collected in Botany Bay, New South Wales, during Captain Cook's first voyage in 1770 (British Museum)
A reconstruction of a shield that would have been carried by a Roman Legionary.
A battle of the Reconquista from the Cantigas de Santa Maria
Three-lion symbolic shield (under the helmet) in the coat of arms of Tallinn.
Shields from the "Magister Militum Praesentalis II". From the Notitia Dignitatum, a medieval copy of a Late Roman register of military commands.
The death of King Harold, from the Bayeux Tapestry. The shields look heraldic, but do not seem to have been personal or hereditary emblems.
The Battle of Pavia in 1525. Landsknecht mercenaries with arquebus.

These designs developed into systematized heraldic devices during the High Middle Ages for purposes of battlefield identification.

- Shield

As body armour improved, knight's shields became smaller, leading to the familiar heater shield style.

- Shield

Knights are generally armigerous (bearing a coat of arms), and indeed they played an essential role in the development of heraldry.

- Knight

Elements of the knightly armour included helmet, cuirass, gauntlet and shield.

- Knight

The field of a shield in heraldry can be divided into more than one tincture, as can the various heraldic charges.

- Heraldry

If the armiger has the title of baron, hereditary knight, or higher, he may display a coronet of rank above the shield.

- Heraldry
Zulu chief Goza and two of his councillors in war-dress, all with Nguni shields, c.1870. The size of the shield on the chief's left arm denotes his status, and the white colour that he is a married man.

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