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.

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archers and crossbowmen
heavy cavalry
swordsmen
pikemen
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flagFinland
90%
0%
10%
0%
10
flagNorway
56%
6%
18%
18%
16
flagIndia
53%
7%
23%
15%
13
flagGermany
50%
4%
28%
17%
70
flagthe Netherlands
50%
0%
33%
16%
18
flagItaly
50%
5%
16%
27%
18
flagSpain
50%
8%
16%
25%
12
flagthe United States
47%
6%
16%
28%
109
flagPoland
45%
11%
23%
20%
5331
flagthe United Kingdom
39%
3%
23%
33%
106
flagRepublic of Ireland
35%
0%
35%
28%
14
flagFrance
25%
8%
25%
41%
12
flagUnknown
24%
12%
28%
36%
25

Gender

men45%
women39%
archers and crossbowmen
45%
39%
heavy cavalry
8%
13%
swordsmen
20%
28%
pikemen
25%
19%

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