The antagonist of Grantmesnil, instead of bearing his lance-point fair against the crest or the shield of his enemy, swerved so much from the direct line as to break the weapon athwart the person of his opponent a circumstance which was accounted more disgraceful than that of being actually unhorsed; because the latter might happen from accident, whereas the former evinced awkwardness and want of management of the weapon and of the horse.
in striking the helmet and shield of their antagonist firmly and strongly, with the lance held in a direct line, so that the weapon might break unless the champion was overthrown.
Then Sir Gawaine and Sir Uwaine went and saluted them, and asked them why they did that despite to the shield.
Ah, said Sir Gawaine, damsels, methinketh ye are to blame, for it is to suppose he that hung that shield there will not be long therefrom, and then may those knights match him on horseback, and that is more your worship than thus; for I will abide no longer to see a knight's shield dishonored.
154-160) Upon the shield Pursuit and Flight were wrought, and Tumult, and Panic, and Slaughter.
168-177) Also there were upon the shield droves of boars and lions who glared at each other, being furious and eager: the rows of them moved on together, and neither side trembled but both bristled up their manes.
But suddenly there rose a cry of "/Twala, y' Twala/," and out of the press sprang forward none other than the gigantic one-eyed king himself, also armed with battle-axe and shield
, and clad in chain armour.
I pray you to speed a bolt against yonder shield
with all your force.
Look, there is no giant, nor knight, nor cats, nor arms, nor shields
quartered or whole, nor vair azure or bedevilled.
Let us then show fight; draw your swords, and hold up the tables to shield
you from his arrows.
Alexandrus aimed first, and struck the round shield
of the son of Atreus, but the spear did not pierce it, for the shield
turned its point.
he shouted a third time, and as he spoke the black shields
of the Umkandhlu leaped from the ranks of the impi.