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The Pavis or Pavoise (Fig. 37) was more generally used by archers and crossbowmen as a cover.
The archer using these heavy weapons was entrenched behind a Pavis or shield fixed in the ground as shown on Fig. 37.
"Coursing" was the next toast—for which Arthur Pavis, the jockey, returned thanks.Jorrocks' Jaunts and Jollities|Robert Smith Surtees
The most interesting example which we have met of the employment of the pavis and mantelet, is in a picture in the Harl.
The pavis was a tall shield, curved so as partly to envelop the person of the bearer, broad at the top and tapering to the feet.