THE WARS OF THE ROSES 1455-1487
THE BATTLE OF BOSWORTH FIELD 1485
The Retinue of John Howard, 1st Duke of Norfolk,
Knight with Heraldic Banner
HERALDIC BANNERS, BANNERS AND STANDARDS
There were 3 main types of flags used during the Wars of The Roses.
The largest was known as the Heraldic Banner,
and was used solely for displaying the coats of arms.
This was normally square and made with stiffened buckram with a batton along the top.
Therefore it was always on the fly,
so the standard bearer did not have to wave the banner about,
which gave him a spare hand in which he could brandish a weapon,
so he would be able to defend himself and the banner.
The Banner was a smaller version of the Heraldic Banner,
and usually only carried one large badge or device.
The field was often in the colour of the livery, but this was not a rule.
The third type was known as a standard, and was a long swallow tailed style.
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