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- n. Plural form of pikestaff.
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Mahouts with pikestaffs lead the way, and a myriad of hangers-on swarm in the train of the visitors.
There is no merry shouting of titles, no gay carnival dress, no glittering pageant now, as, on the morning of Sunday, the ninth of November, 1494, the young cardinal and his cousin Giulio pass anxiously down the grand staircase of the Medici palace to where in the great entrance-hall the pikestaffs and arquebuses of the Swiss guard ring on the marble floor.
For 700 years, the rich, ruthless and noble Percys of Northumberland have been turning up in all the most interesting places - in jails, on the end of pikestaffs, across fields of battle and in the pages of Proust.