Stephen Curtin wrote:Oh I almost forgot. As far as cavalry shields used by the Irish, I dont know of a single literal or pictural piece of evidence for them, other John Derricke's "Image of Irelande" and this might not be the most accurate source. The shields shown in this book appear to be steel targets, and are used by both Irish and English cavalry, thing is that I don't know of any other piece of evidence for English light cavalry using shields like this, or any other country for that matter. This probably means that they weren't used. I'm still not sure if shields like the one from the portrait of Sir Neil O'Neill would have been used (or even practical) from horseback.
Stephen Curtin wrote:Well Kevin it appears I will have to concede that point. I was aware (thanks to your thread) of the shield of Aodh O Connor, but I didn't know that the peom described the rest of the chief's equipment, making it c hat clear that he intended to fight from horseback. If I might be allowed to save a little face, can I just point out that when I spoke of the lack of light cavalry using shields, I meant contemporary with John Derricke's Image of Irelande, by which time I believe the Spanish had abandoned the jinetes. Kevin If you have more 16th century sources I would be glad to see them.
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