Richard Lion Heart - Early Style
Battle Shield w/Straps
Richard Lion Heart Alternative Design
Highly detailed digital artwork makes this classic medieval shield come alive. The realistic riveted steel rim is actually part of the artwork and not a separate piece although it looks like it is. A crackle red field sets of the trio of Lions is the heraldic passant guardant position ... just the way King Richard specified on his own colors. A faithful reproduction with slight creative license with the subject makes this modern classic will be something you will proud to display on your castle walls or to carry into battle.
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SH503P-DG-BR-Richard-Lionheart Battle Shield w/Straps
Richard the Lionhearted
King Richard of England was known as a monarch
from a distance. Born in England, the third son of Henry II and Queen Eleanor
of Aquitane, he only lived in England until he was eight years old. He grew
up in Normandy and held several titles in the former Frankish kingdoms, spoke
and wrote in French and Limonsin (an early dialect) and was known as Duc Richard
IV de Normandy. His father, Henry II did his sons no favors by dividing up his
kingdom into three equal parts yet continued to control the money which pleased
none of them. The ensuing battles between their forces eventually caused the
death of Henry the Young King, Richard’s older brother, leaving him as
the heir for the throne of England. During this time, he begged forgiveness
for his part in the divisive nature of the three brothers and immediately began
to quell the uprisings that he had helped instigate in Normandy. It was here
that he earned his moniker, Richard the Lionhearted.
When the wave of enthusiasm surged for the Crusades, Richard gathered his Norman and British forces and headed for the Holy Land. Now King Heir of England and self- proclaimed King of Cyprus, he was trapped in the machinations of leadership and protecting the Holy lands that he had fought so hard to liberate for Christian rule, neglecting his duties to the many thrones of Europe that were his. He was imprisoned by enemies that he made during this time and his brother John claimed the throne. When Richard was finally released, he forgave John, naming him his heir and died shortly after.
The symbol of the lions are known in Heraldry Gules, three lions passant guardantin pale or armed and langued azure, meaning three identical gold lions (also known as leopards) with blue tongues and claws, walking and facing the observer, arranged in a column on a red background. The Dukes of Normandy from Rollo (first Duke of Normandy) had always used a lion for their personal arms. Henry II had used two lions and Richard added the third. Each king always changed the arms to claim it as their own but throughout English royal history, there has been a variation on the original Lions of Normandy with the Royal Arms.
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