- 1940, Terence White, The Ill-Made Knight, page 186:
- "Do you mean Galahad? Was he bearing the vergescu?” “Yes, Galahad. It wasn't a vergescu. He had got hold of a shield somewhere which was said to have belonged to Joseph of Arimathea. It was argent a tau cross gules.
- 2011, Lev Grossman, The Magician King, page 114:
- They should have been facing down bellowed challenges from black knights bearing the vergescu, or solving thorny theological dilemmas posed by holy hermits. Or at the very least resisting the diabolical temptations of ravishing succubi.
From Old French vierge escu ("virgin shield"). It was white because it lacked a background or devices, which celebrated accomplishments, of which the knight had none.