E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Death under Shield.
Death in battle.
Her imagination had been familiarised with wild and bloody events . and had been trained up to consider an honourable death under shield (as that in a field of battle was termed) a desirable termination to the life of a warrior.Sir W. Scott: The Betrothed, chap. 6.