A relatively large, narrow shield with a rounded top and a pointed bottom. Kite shields were made out of wood or metal that was named for its similarity to the shape of a kite, although the shields were typically more curved and rounded than this shape.
Related term(s): Heater Shield; Pavis; Buckler; Shield
Category: Armour and Shields
Source information: DeVries, Kelly Robert. Medieval Military Technology. Peterborough, Ontario: Broadview Press, 1992. 63.