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This Replica Medieval Shield . . .
Depicts the crest of the Teutonic knights Germanic Order that was created for the Catholic subset of the Teutonic order. It varies from the Protestant variant shown below. It is constructed of 16 ga. steel. The shield size is 18" x 24" and it has a curved shape. It is the classic "Heater" style battle shield. It is hand crafted from high-resolution artwork and then clear coated to preserve the image. The shields are available in either a wall display version with a chain to hang from or a hand-held battle ready version with heavy duty 1 1/2" leather straps on the back. Order the version you desire below.
Battle Shield w/Straps
Both Germanic Roman Catholic And Protestant Teutonic Knights Sub Orders Still Exist And Are Active Even Today
Original Crest of The Teutonic Knights
This is the design of the crest for the Protestant Teutonic knights order. It consists of a simple black cross on a white background.
Like the piece above, it is constructed of 16 ga. steel. This classic "Heater" style battle shield can be created as a wall hanging version or as a battle ready shield with leather straps.
The Teutonic Knights Shield Origin And History Of The Order
The Teutonic Knights
date back to the Early Crusades being formed as the Order of the Hospital of
St. Mary of the Germans during the Third Crusade
in 1197. Its initial purpose was to provide much needed care for the forces
of the Holy Roman Empire and its Germanic warriors as there was none being offered
by its overwhelmed allies. By 1198, the conditions were so improved that the
Order was then reincorporated as a military Order and Pope Innocent III granted
them the right to wear a white tunic with a black cross, their plain garb dictated
by their holy vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. Their motto, "Helfen
- Wehren - Heilen" Help - Defend - Heal" is still in effect today
with their orders which are spread throughout the world.
The shield of this organization has altered through history. It began as a cross pattée or as we now call it, the Iron Cross. When the Nazis destroyed the Order, they took the symbol as their own even as they regaled them as early forerunners of their own movement.
The simple white shield and black cross design that emerged remains the symbol of the Protestant branch based out of the Netherlands and reflects the early design of their tunics, a reminder of their vows. The Germanic symbol of the Eagle is based on the colors of the present German flag and identifies the Roman Catholic branch in present day Germany. It is based on the symbol of the House of Hohenstaufen, the family of the indomitable and beloved King Frederick Barbarossa (Freidrich I) of the Holy Roman Empire, who the founding fathers of this order were following into battle and whose leadership was cut short through his death during the Third Crusade.
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