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Period TENTS and Accessories

ANCIENT TIMES / MIGRATION PERIOD

EARLY MIDDLE / VIKING AGE

MIDDLE AGES

RENAISSANCE

XVIII - XIX Century

II World War

LARP / Fantasy

A pavise (or pavis, pabys, or pavesen, all of them words stemming from the name of the city of Pavia, in Italy) is a large convex shield of European origin used to protect the entire body. The pavise was also made in a smaller version for hand to hand combat and for wearing on the back of men-at-arms. It is characterized by its prominent central ridge. The concept of using a shield to cover an archer dates to at least to the writing of Homer's Iliad, where Ajax uses his shield to cover his half-brother Teucer, an archer, while he would "peer round" and shoot arrows.[1] ...

  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pavise

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