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A '''banner''' is a type of [[period]] [[flag]] that is attached vertically to a spear or staff, or on other ceremonial items like [[trumpet]]s. They are rectangular in shape with the longer side generally attached to the staff. Some can be found that are square. The flag bears a [[noble]]'s [[device]] or symbol in such a way that the [[dexter]] side was by the staff on either side of the flag. Some banners had one or more strip or [[tongue]] extending horizontally out from the top edge or the outside edge. They were also commonly decorated with a [[fringe]] around all but the staff side.
Broadly, a flag bearing coat of arms or other emblem. <p>
 
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More precisely, the long, fork-ended, flag used as a nation's or individual's war-standard, which bore emblems and mottoes.
 
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In the [[SCA]], the term '''banner''' is commonly used to refer to a flag that is suspended horizontally from a pole. This is actually a [[gonfalon]].
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==See also==
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* [[Knight Bachelor]]
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==References==
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* [http://www.kwantlen.ca/~donna/sca/flags/norris.html#banner Medieval Flags: Norris]
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* [http://www.meridies.org/as/dmir/Heraldry/1306.html Meridies Guidelines for Construction of Banners, Flags and Standards]

Revision as of 14:53, 7 October 2004

A banner is a type of period flag that is attached vertically to a spear or staff, or on other ceremonial items like trumpets. They are rectangular in shape with the longer side generally attached to the staff. Some can be found that are square. The flag bears a noble's device or symbol in such a way that the dexter side was by the staff on either side of the flag. Some banners had one or more strip or tongue extending horizontally out from the top edge or the outside edge. They were also commonly decorated with a fringe around all but the staff side.

In the SCA, the term banner is commonly used to refer to a flag that is suspended horizontally from a pole. This is actually a gonfalon.

See also

References