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
85%
14%
0%
0%
14
flagAfghanistan
81%
0%
18%
0%
11
flagIndia
57%
7%
21%
14%
14
flagthe Netherlands
55%
5%
29%
8%
34
flagCzech Republic
53%
7%
30%
7%
13
flagItaly
50%
10%
15%
25%
20
flagAustralia
50%
0%
35%
14%
14
flagSpain
50%
8%
16%
25%
12
flagPoland
46%
11%
20%
21%
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flagthe United States
46%
10%
17%
25%
140
flagGermany
46%
5%
25%
21%
111
flagthe United Kingdom
45%
5%
22%
26%
170
flagNorway
42%
9%
23%
23%
21
flagUnknown
37%
14%
21%
26%
1024
flagRepublic of Ireland
26%
15%
26%
31%
19
flagFrance
23%
7%
23%
46%
13

Gender

men42%
women40%
archers and crossbowmen
42%
40%
heavy cavalry
11%
13%
swordsmen
19%
26%
pikemen
26%
19%

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