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Encyclopedia of historical weapons

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Crossbow
A horizontal bow set at 90 degrees to the tiller and spanned by mechanical means. Originally made of horn, wood, and sinew, the bowstave was later…
Tilt
A barrier of wood covered in cloth to separate the jousters as they ran a course. Introduced m the fifteenth century to stop head­long…
Ball & chain
Type of flail; consists of a metal ball attached to a short wooden handle by a chain.
Vervelles
Bronze, brass, or latten staples that attached to a bascinet to enable the leather cuff of an aventail to be secured to the helmet.
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