Medieval Glossary


A shield popular throughout the 15th century, used by cavalry and infantry. The shield is identified by the central ridge, oten narrowing toward the top on Bohemian pavises. Though most pavises are rectangular, there are extant oval shields with a unique style of ridge. They are thought to be named after the town Pavia, though this information has never been proved.

Related term(s): Pavis; Kite Shield; Heater Shield; Buckler
Category: Armour and Shields
Added: 12.02.04
Last modified: 07.07.05
Contributor(s): Thomas Hayman


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