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A kite shield is a large, almond-shaped shield rounded at the top and curving down to a point or rounded point at the bottom. The term "kite shield" is a reference to the shield's unique shape, and is derived from its supposed similarity to a flying kite. A typical kite shield was at least three feet high, being constructed of laminated wood, stretched animal hide, and iron components.

The efficiency of the kite shields shields shape came into action when cavalry combat occurred, useful to protect most of the body from the shoulders down to the feet, giving the knight more options in combat.

The kite shield was used by many knights and people for protection, but was given up for two-handed weapons and more mobility. The kite shield has become closely associated with Norman warfare.

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