Several pages with crossbows from The Manesse Codex
(The Manesse Codex is a 14th century manuscript whose images contain a number of examples of German arms and armory.)
The Manesse Codex is an illuminated manuscript in codex form copied and illustrated between ca. 1304 when the main part was completed, and ca 1340 with the addenda; the codex was produced at the request of the Manesse family of Zürich.
It is the single most comprehensive source for the texts of love songs in Middle High German, representing 140 poets, several of whom were famous rulers. The entries are ordered approximately by the social status of the poets, starting with the Holy Roman Emperor Henry VI, Kings Conradin and Wenceslaus II, down through dukes, counts and knights, to the commoners/
The manuscript is the most beautifully illumined German manuscript in centuries, its 137 miniatures are a series of "portraits" depicting each poet. A large number of the nobles are shown in full armour in their heraldic colors and devices (therefore with their faces hidden) taking part in tournament combats.