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Banner of the Knights from Westphalia at the Battle of Tannenberg 1410 (Teutonic Order, Germany)

flag in the 'Banderia Prutenorum' manuscript

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[Banner of the Knights from Westphalia at the Battle of Tannenberg 1410 (Teutonic Order)] Image by António Martins, 8 February 2002

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[Editor's note: the following translation by Chrystian Kretowicz of the Banderia Prutenorum manuscript is based on a translation from Latin into Old Polish, available at the Choragwie Pruskie cz. 1 - Jan Dlugosz webpage.]

"17. Banner of the knights from Westphalia. They came to help the Order on their own [initiative] and at their own cost, that is why they wanted to fight under their own banner. Note: this Banner is 2 and 1/4 cubits long and 2 cubits wide."
[Editor's note: about 112 cm × 100 cm.]
Chrystian Kretowicz, 2 June 2001

The original image shows the flag hanging vertically (hoist in the top of the picture) and a wodden pole is visible at the viewer's right hand (my image being thus a supposed backside); no finial; white sleeve. The flag design suggests this flag was supposed to hang from a horizontal crossbar.
António Martins, 28 February 2002

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