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Medieval Clip Art

Knights, Ladies, Shields and Swords

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The clip art here was created by your Guide and is free for your personal use. If you use any on your web page, please credit me and include a link back to this site. If you would like to use them in an offline publication, please submit a reprint request to About.com. These images are copyright © 1998-2009 Melissa Snell, and may not be included in any commercial clip art collection.

The graphics below are all thumbnails. Click the link to go to a full-sized version of the image, which you can download by right-clicking and selecting the appropriate option from the pop-up menu. All graphics are transparent .gifs.

Dragon Shield

Dragon Shield
Melissa Snell
The full-sized version of this shield measures 156 x 197 pixels. It's not a traditional heraldic representation. For more about heraldic conventions, see our Heraldry resources.

Red Knight

Red Knight
Melissa Snell
You may recognize this knight from our now-defunct Knightly Newsletter. (We still have a regular weekly newsletter, though -- so if you aren't a subscriber, you can sign up at the top of this page.) Use your favorite graphics program to add a slogan or design on the banner or shield. The full-sized image measures 129 x 157 pixels. There is also a very large (300 x 360 pixels) black-and-white version you can work with in your graphics program or print out to color.

Blue Knight

Blue Knight
Melissa Snell
You might have seen this knight in our Knight Life features. Full sized, it measures 129 x 161 pixels. A very large (300 x 360 pixels) black-and-white version is also available, which you can work with in your graphics program or print out to color.

Red Knight with Smaller Banner

Red Knight with Smaller Banner
Melissa Snell
I use a modified version of this image in my signature on our forum and on twitter. The full-sized version of this image is 94 x 159 pixels. A much larger (225 x 360 pixels) black and white version is available for you to adapt in your graphics program or print out to color.

Blue Knight with Smaller Banner

Blue Knight with Smaller Banner
Melissa Snell
The smaller banner makes this knight easier to use in limited space. It's still possible to add a logo, though a slogan would have to be very, very short. A larger (225 x 360 pixels) black and white version is available to adapt in a graphics program or print out to color.

Lady with a Book

Lady with a Book
Melissa Snell
This literary lady is generic enough to belong to almost any period of medieval history. The full-sized image measures 87 x 190 pixels. A larger (250 x 425 pixels) black and white version is also available. For more about medieval women, visit our Women and Gender Issues resources.

Left-Facing Lady with a Book

Left-Facing Lady with a Book
Melissa Snell
This version of the lady comes in several color schemes: rose and burgundy, brown and tan, and blue and green as well as that pictured here. All four of them measure 87 x 190 pixels. A larger (250 x 425 pixels) black and white version is also available.

Shield Bar

Shield Bar
Melissa Snell
You can use this string of shields for a page-break instead of a simple rule. The graphic measures 504 x 30 pixels, and is easy to expand or shorten in your favorite graphics program. A red and gold version is also available.

Multi-Patterned Shield Bar

Multi-Patterned Shield Bar
Melissa Snell
These shields were created according to the rules of heraldry. They could be the arms of all the knights who attended a tournament, or all who belonged to a small knightly order. The full-sized graphic measures 503 x 31 pixels.

Two-Handed Broadsword

Two-Handed Broadsword
Melissa Snell
This gaudy two-handed broadsword has a wheel pommel and a large ruby set into the guard. The image measures 471 x 93 pixels and would make a good page-break. There is also vertical version (91 x 470). For more about medieval swords, visit our Armor and Weaponry resources.

More swords and some backgrounds are available on the next page. For castles, see Medieval Clip Art Castles, also by your Guide.

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