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There are four main types of '''flag''' in the Western [[Europe]]an [[medieval]] period.
''Information per ''Heraldic Standards, (1959), Lt.Col. Robert Gayre of Gayre, ''rewritten by A Fool''.
 
   
 
The '''[[pennon]]''' is what ordinary individuals might have, either attached to a [[lance]] (and then called pennoncelles), or to a small vertical pole. These can be like little right-angled triangles (long side vertical) -- a ''revon'' -- or rectangular (short side vertical), in which case they were generally ''swallow-tailed'', that is with the outer edge having its centre cut away to leave two tails, or in the shape of an outward pointing isoceles triangle, longer/broader than high.
   
 
The '''[[banner]]''' is square or rectangular (longer side vertical), and can be used to bear someone's [[device]]. It also attaches to a vertical pole. It may or may not have its outer edge cut, rectangularly, to leave tails.
   
 
A '''[[standard]]''' is the long thin flag that leads [[army|armies]] etc., standing out from a pole. It can also either have a rounded outer end, or one with two rounded bumps. Or it may have swallow-tails, in which case it gets called a '''[[guidon]]'''
There are four main types of '''flag''' in the Western European medieval period.
 
   
 
Finally a tall flag (higher than broad) hung by its top is a '''[[gonfalon]]'''.
The '''pennon''' is what ordinary individuals might have, either attached to a lance (and then called pennoncelles), or to a small vertical pole. These can be like little right-angled triangles (long side vertical) -- a ''revon'' -- or rectangular (short side vertical), in which case they were generally ''swallow-tailed'', that is with the outer edge having its centre cut away to leave two tails, or in the shape of an outward pointing isoceles triangle, longer/broader than high.
 
   
 
''Information per ''Heraldic Standards, (1959), Lt.Col. Robert Gayre of Gayre, ''rewritten by A Fool''.
The '''banner''' is square or rectangular (longer side vertical), and can be used to bear someone's device. It also attaches to a vertical pole. It may or may not have its outer edge cut, rectangularly, to leave tails.
 
 
A '''standard''' is the long thin flag that leads armies etc., standing out from a pole. It can also either have a rounded outer end, or one with two rounded bumps. Or it may have swallow-tails, in which case it gets called a '''guidon'''
 
 
Finally a tall flag (higher than broad) hung by its top is a '''gonfalon'''.
 

Revision as of 08:38, 11 January 2005

There are four main types of flag in the Western European medieval period.

The pennon is what ordinary individuals might have, either attached to a lance (and then called pennoncelles), or to a small vertical pole. These can be like little right-angled triangles (long side vertical) -- a revon -- or rectangular (short side vertical), in which case they were generally swallow-tailed, that is with the outer edge having its centre cut away to leave two tails, or in the shape of an outward pointing isoceles triangle, longer/broader than high.

The banner is square or rectangular (longer side vertical), and can be used to bear someone's device. It also attaches to a vertical pole. It may or may not have its outer edge cut, rectangularly, to leave tails.

A standard is the long thin flag that leads armies etc., standing out from a pole. It can also either have a rounded outer end, or one with two rounded bumps. Or it may have swallow-tails, in which case it gets called a guidon

Finally a tall flag (higher than broad) hung by its top is a gonfalon.

Information per Heraldic Standards, (1959), Lt.Col. Robert Gayre of Gayre, rewritten by A Fool.