Crossbow > Crossbow with
Steel Bow > Bent by
a Cranequin > .p.132
In illustrations of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, mounted men
are shown with these crossbows, fig. 16, p. 36, and fig. 18, p. 47. As
Fig. 85. - Crossbowmen.
Reduced from an oil painting representing the martyrdom
of St. Sebastian, its date 1514 - The original is in the Church of St.
Elizabeth at Marburg in Prussia.
The figure on the left is winding up his crossbow with
a cranequin, the manner of doing this being very accurately shown. The
right-hand figure has his cranequin crossbow bent, and is placing a bolt
was the only crossbow winder which could be used on horseback
to bend a strong steel bow, it is quite possible that mounted troops of
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