Medieval Glossary

Dexter

In heraldry, the right-hand side of a shield. As shields are supposed to be carried in front of the person, the sinister side is that which covers the bearer''s right side. Therefore, it lies to the spectator's left.

Related term(s): Heraldry; Points of the Escutcheon; Sinister; Base (Heraldry); Ordinary; Arms (Heraldry)
Category: Heraldry
Added: 05.31.06
Source information: Wilhelm, Thomas. A Military Dictionary and Gazetteer. Philadelphia: L.R. Hamersly & Co., 1881. 56, 535.

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