His Queries of course have reference to the long bow, and not to the arbalest, or cross-bow.
To my mind the long-bow is a better weapon than the arbalest, but it may be ill for me to prove it.
Through an arrow-slit he had watched him take down and examine an arbalest, place it on the table and sit down to write.
The form of the arbalest of this time may be seen in our woodcut, No. 50.
They set out, and the first thing Denys did was to give Gerard his arbalest, etc., and mount a high tree on the road.
On this bird, I deemed, he meant to try his skill with the arbalest.
Holding the arbalest with one hand, Daoud vaulted into the saddle.
The arrow of the arbalest is sometimes called vireton, from the French virer, on account of its rotary flight.
Then opening a large chest that stood against the wall, he rummaged a moment, and at last withdrew an arbalest quarrel.
This distinctive form of the arbalest shaft is carefully kept in view in the illumination from Add.
"crossbow," c.1300, from Old French arbaleste "large crossbow with a crank" (12c., Modern French arbalète), from Vulgar Latin arbalista, from Late Latin arcuballista "catapult," from Latin arcus "bow" (see arc (n.)) + ballista "machine for throwing projectiles" (see ballistic). German armbrust is from the same French word but mangled by folk etymology.