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Flanders (Belgium): Historical flags

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Flanders in the "Book of All Kingdoms"

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Flemish flag shown in the "Book of All Kingdoms" - Image by Eugene Ipavec, 16 March 2010

The "Book of All Kingdoms" [f0fXX], of 1350, tells the voyages of an anonymous Castilian friar and is illustrated with 113 flag images, referred to (though seldom described) in the text.
The 2005 Spanish illustrated transcription of the "Book" [f0f05] shows for Flanders a yellow flag with a black lion leaping towards the hoist; the flag is shown in the ogival default shape of this source.
The anonymous author of the "Book" describes the flag thusly: El señor de Flendes á por señales un pendón de oro con un león prieta atal (The Lord of the county of Flanders has for device a golden pendon with a black lion like this).

António Martins, 29 November 2007