A very large oblong shield that was often used by archers and crossbowmen, especially during sieges. The shields often stood on the ground, supported by a stand. A shield of this type might also be called a 'pavise.'
Related term(s): Kite Shield; Heater Shield; Buckler; Shield
Category: Armour and Shields
Source information: DeVries, Kelly Robert. Medieval Military Technology. Peterborough, Ontario: Broadview Press, 1992. 93.