A standing wooden target, used since the Romans for weapon training. It usually took the form of a large pole, sunken into the ground and projecting up to eight feet in the air. While the Romans paired men up, one on either side, it was a solitary training device in the Middle Ages, the equivalent of a quintain for a Medieval foot soldier.

Resources:

Medieval Swordsmanship, by John Clements

Pell (?), v. t. [Cf. Pelt, v. t.]

To pelt; to knock about.

[Obs.]

Holland.

 

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Pell, n. [OF. pel, F. peau, L. pellis a skin. See Fell a skin.]

1.

A skin or hide; a pelt.

2.

A roll of parchment; a parchment record.

Clerk of the pells, formerly, an officer of the exchequer who entered accounts on certain parchment rolls, called pell rolls. [Eng.]

 

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