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Weight: 0.5-1 kg


The targe, or target, was quite similar to the round war shields carried into battle for hundreds of years by the Vikings, Anglo-Saxons, and other peoples during the early Middle Ages. The only significant difference was that it was smaller.

Made of at least two layers of wood, the targe could stand up to enormous abuse, especially if it carried a central boss of metal.

How was it used?

Used along with a short spear, axe or sword, the targe was good for fast, agile fighting, like the buckler. At the same time it was larger so that it could also cover more of the body and offer some protection against missile weapons.

At Bannockburn the targe was probably only used by the small number of fighting men from the West Highlands under the personal command of Robert the Bruce.