Pavis


Pavis
Shield designed specifically as a protection against arrows, being larger than most and attached to the forearm, yet hardly hindering movement. The pavis was convex and large enough to protect the whole body, being used by infantry to protect themselves from whatever the enemy was firing at them. They were of particular use to crossbowmen, who took longer to reload than did longbowmen. A number could be set together to create a wall, something which was done at sieges. Such an arrangement was called a 'pavisade'. They are named after the town of Pavia, in Italy, where they were originally made. -

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