- a large oblong shield of the late 14th through the early 16th centuries, often covering the entire body and used especially by archers and soldiers of the infantry.
Origin of pavis
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The shield itself or pavise was large, made of wood covered with skin, and surrounded with a broad rim of iron.
The former monarch devised for them a system of tactics, in which the pavise was made to play a prominent part.The Art of War in the Middle Ages A.D. 378-1515
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- a large square shield, developed in the 15th century, at first portable but later heavy and set up in a permanent position
C14: from Old French pavais, from Italian pavese of Pavia, Italian city where these shields were originally made
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