Medieval History Term of the Week: Arbalest

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Etymology: Middle English arblast, from Anglo-French arblaste, arcbaleste, from Late Latin arcuballista, from Latin arcus bow + ballista — more at arrow

1) A crossbow with a steel box stave. (Wise, Terence. Medieval Warfare, 246)

The arbalest was similar to the crossbow, but it was much larger and more powerful than the crossbow. It also had a greater range.

*term definitions retrieved from Netserf’s Medieval Glossary (

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