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Pavisors and a moveable tower besieging a castle

Pavisors and a moveable tower. Medieval siege warfare. Soldiers storming a parapet from a drawbridge on a moveable tower, while pavisors protect archers using large pavaises. Copperplate engraving by N.C. Goodnight from Francis Groses Military Antiquities respecting a History of the English Army, Stockdale, London, 1812

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Antiquities Archers Belfry Drawbridge Francis Goodnight Grose Mobile Moveable Parapet Respecting Siege Stockdale Storming Warfare


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This copperplate engraving, created by N.C. Goodnight and published in Francis Grose's "Military Antiquities Respecting a History of the English Army" in 1812, offers a vivid depiction of medieval siege warfare. The image showcases a formidable moveable tower, complete with a belfry, advancing towards a castle under siege. Soldiers, armed and armored, storm the parapet from the drawbridge of the tower, while their comrades maneuver large pavises, or pavisors, to protect the archers. During medieval sieges, pavisors played a crucial role in shielding archers from enemy counterattacks and arrows. The large, rectangular shields, supported by two men, created a protective barrier, allowing archers to unleash a barrage of arrows upon the enemy. The moveable tower, a mobile fortification, offered the attacking forces the advantage of mobility and flexibility, enabling them to target different parts of the castle walls. The intricate details of the engraving reveal the intensity and complexity of medieval siege warfare. Soldiers in various stages of the assault are shown, from preparing to leap onto the castle walls to engaging in hand-to-hand combat. The castle's defenders, meanwhile, are shown manning the walls, ready to repel the attackers. The image offers a glimpse into the past, providing a fascinating look at the tactics and technology used during this period of history.

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