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Noun1.pavise - (Middle Ages) a large heavy oblong shield protecting the whole bodypavise - (Middle Ages) a large heavy oblong shield protecting the whole body; originally carried but sometimes set up in permanent position
buckler, shield - armor carried on the arm to intercept blows
Dark Ages, Middle Ages - the period of history between classical antiquity and the Italian Renaissance
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"That we shall prove," said Goodwin Hawtayne; "but it would be well, ere they close with us, to raise up the mantlets and pavises as a screen against their bolts." He shouted a hoarse order, and his seamen worked swiftly and silently, heightening the bulwarks and strengthening them.
The Pavise steel product, which has been exported to a number of countries including Germany, France, the USA and India, is produced by Tata at its Port Talbot steel works.
Crossbowmen in the army of King Richard the Lionheart often worked in a three-man team, one servant charged with reloading while a second held a tall shield or pavise to protect the team.