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Bucklers

Postby Julia » Mon Sep 03, 2012 4:52 pm

I am trying to find some details about bucklers, specifically about their early origins. Wikipedia, and Osprey[1] claim that it originates from around 1100AD. The Wikipedia article has a reference on this, but if you follow it you eventually end up back at Wikipedia. Osprey doesn't have a reference to back up the claim.

Can anyone point me in the direction of some evidence for the beginning of Bucklers?

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Re: Bucklers

Postby gregory23b » Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:11 pm

see the link at the bottom of my post, the middle english dictionary, give that a whirl.


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Re: Bucklers

Postby Julia » Fri Sep 07, 2012 9:09 pm

gregory23b wrote:see the link at the bottom of my post, the middle english dictionary, give that a whirl.


Having a look through that, the earliest reference appears to be 1330. I wonder where Osprey/Wikipedia are getting their source for the 1100 claim...

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Re: Bucklers

Postby Rochester » Wed Sep 12, 2012 2:13 pm

Have a look at http://www.thearma.org/essays/SwordandBucklerP2.htm.
About c. 1178, William Fitzstephen described how in London "During the holydays in summer the young men exercise themselves…fighting with bucklers."
Plenty of good references on this page for 13th & 14thC as well.

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Re: Bucklers

Postby Adam R » Fri Sep 14, 2012 1:09 pm

Have a look here - there are a number of images used to illustrate the article which might give a good indication of when it appeared.

http://www.thearma.org/essays/SwordandBuckler.htm


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