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The centre figure is winding up his windlass crossbow behind the shelter of a shield.
From Manuscript, Froissarts ' Chronicles.'

The larger shields, which were carried before the knights (by their pages) when on the march, and which were propped up in front of them as a protection from arrows in a battle or a siege, were known as pavises or mantlets.

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The Book of the Crossbow
By Ralph Payne-Gallwey
Published in 1903, 1995
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