Medieval Flags and Banners

Gonfanon

Frequently confused with the Gonfalon.

The gonfanon is flown from a vertical staff and has tails on the fly. The difference between a gonfanon with long tails and a standard is that a gonfanon displays the device on the non-tailed area, and the standard displays badges down the whole length of the flag.

Definition from The Oxford English Dictionary.


Christ holding a red banner. 1100?


Charlemagne giving Roland a red gonfanon.


Seals of the landgrave Conrad II of Thuringia, about 1234. Banner and gonfanon.


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