In combat it was hard to identify knights wearing helmets. This meant that their bravery and skill might go unrecognised or that they might be attacked by their own side.
Knights used badges so people could see who they were. These were displayed on their helmets, surcoats and shields.
Explore the different shields and discover to whom they belonged and what they meant.
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Fit for the King
The White Tower wasn’t just for intimidating or imprisoning enemies, it was also a royal residence. There was a chapel, latrines, and 4 fireplaces. The fireplaces actually pre-date the introduction of chimney stacks, and are among the oldest in England.
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