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Tile (from the palace of Isabella d'Este) with the emblem of Gianfranco II de Gonzaga, c. 1500

Tile (from the palace of Isabella d'Este) with the emblem of Gianfranco II de Gonzaga, c. 1500

Folio 51v (page 106). Tacuinum sanitatis, Codex Vindobonensis, series nova 2644. Northern Italy, probably Verona, 1380-1399.

Folio 51v (page 106). Tacuinum sanitatis, Codex Vindobonensis, series nova 2644. Northern Italy, probably Verona, 1380-1399.

5, House of Arpad: Schütze (Shot) Aiming straight at the holder of the card.  Eerie.

5, House of Arpad: Schütze (Shot) Aiming straight at the holder of the card. Eerie.

A man shooting a crossbow, Wappenbuch (ÖNB 12820, fol. 184r), c. 1484-1486; he carries a large fur-covered belt-pouch, presumably to carry his bolts, as seen above in ÖNB 2823

A man shooting a crossbow, Wappenbuch (ÖNB 12820, fol. 184r), c. 1484-1486; he carries a large fur-covered belt-pouch, presumably to carry his bolts, as seen above in ÖNB 2823

Description of MS M.1044 fol. 104r Scene, Sports and Games: Hunting, Deer -- Four men, two wearing hats, one wearing headgear, stand among trees. Three men hold or aim crossbows; one man aims bow and arrow; three men wear quiver at waist. All look toward four deer (two stags, two does) standing opposite; one grazes and another, with arrow piercing right shoulder, falls.

Description of MS M.1044 fol. 104r Scene, Sports and Games: Hunting, Deer -- Four men, two wearing hats, one wearing headgear, stand among trees. Three men hold or aim crossbows; one man aims bow and arrow; three men wear quiver at waist. All look toward four deer (two stags, two does) standing opposite; one grazes and another, with arrow piercing right shoulder, falls.

Crossbowmen using a single claw spanning hook, and pushes leg down to span crossbow. National library of the Czech Republic CNM XXIII C124 Velislavova Bible f118r 1325-1349.

Crossbowmen using a single claw spanning hook, and pushes leg down to span crossbow. National library of the Czech Republic CNM XXIII C124 Velislavova Bible f118r 1325-1349.

Crossbowmen, one shown with raised leg spanning crossbow, Wurttembergische Landesbibliothek WLB HB XIII 6 Weltchronik & Marienleben 1300-50 Austria.

Crossbowmen, one shown with raised leg spanning crossbow, Wurttembergische Landesbibliothek WLB HB XIII 6 Weltchronik & Marienleben 1300-50 Austria.