Who typically used a pavise, the largest medieval shield?

archers and crossbowmen
heavy cavalry
swordsmen
pikemen
A pavise was too heavy to be used in direct combat. It was pri­mar­i­ly used as a shelter by archers and cross­bow­men, par­tic­u­lar­ly during sieges. It was often deployed in the ground with a spike attached to the bottom. The name "pavise" comes from the city of Pavia in Italy.

Answers distribution

archers and crossbowmen
heavy cavalry
swordsmen
pikemen
answers
flagFinland
91%
0%
8%
0%
12
flagthe United Arab Emirates
84%
15%
0%
0%
13
flagthe Netherlands
57%
0%
28%
14%
21
flagIndia
57%
7%
21%
14%
14
flagItaly
50%
10%
15%
25%
20
flagSpain
50%
8%
16%
25%
12
flagPoland
46%
11%
21%
20%
7567
flagthe United States
46%
8%
17%
26%
132
flagGermany
46%
4%
26%
20%
83
flagNorway
45%
10%
25%
20%
20
flagthe United Kingdom
44%
4%
24%
27%
137
flagUnknown
39%
12%
21%
27%
603
flagRepublic of Ireland
31%
0%
31%
37%
16
flagFrance
25%
8%
25%
41%
12

Gender

men43%
women40%
archers and crossbowmen
43%
40%
heavy cavalry
9%
13%
swordsmen
20%
26%
pikemen
25%
19%

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