Arbalest

Another spelling for the word Arbalette,which is a crossbow in the French style. Please see the corresponding post for more information.

An arbalette or crossbow as used in heraldry.

Kip Kay @ Heraldry on History Road ©2008-2011


Arbalette, (fr.): a steel cross-bow.

A Glossary of Terms Used in Heraldry; Parker & Company (1894).


Arbalest – [See ARBLAST] A crossbow, consisting of a shaft of wood and furnished with a string and trigger. It was not a popular weapon, as it required no strength or manliness in its use. (Also written arbalist, arbalest and arbalet.)

Pimbley’s Dictionary of Heraldry; Arthur Pimbley (1908).


What does “Arbalest” mean in heraldry?
How is Arbalest used in making a coat of arms?
Does Arbalest appear in heraldic crests?
What would Arbalest look like on a knight’s shield?

Originally posted 2011-10-10 11:14:56.

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