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Saturday, October 23, 2010


Photo from: stronghold-knights.com
 The shield is in the form of two "C"s with touching tips. The body of the specimen is severely warped and contorted. The surface is cut and scratched, probably due to physical wear, and split in several places. To the reverse side are attached, at the top and bottom center, two small sections of leather, presumably supports for the thongs which were held by the bearer.
OCast adáragaHisp Ar add-arga, Ar darragah, Eng. leather shield. It was used to protect the scullery boy from the fire when turning the spit. Muslim knights, from Al-Andulus, used them to protect themselves. Spanish Christian knights adopted them and used them in the 14th and 15th C.  [ES: RAE. 2001; Gázquez. Cocina. 2002:145:ftn 216; and Ruíz/Brey. 1965:1087c:176:263]

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