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J. Bedell




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PostPosted: Thu 12 Oct, 2006 5:55 pm    Post subject: Fighting Man Standard         Reply with quote

Hello All,

I was wondering if anyone had a drawing or picture of what king Harold's personal standard 'the fighting man' looked like?

Thanks,
James

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Patrick Kelly




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PostPosted: Thu 12 Oct, 2006 8:14 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

As I'm sure you know, period sources state that Harold flew two banners at Hastings: his personal standard of the Fighting Man and the Dragon of Wessex. The Dragon standard is shown on the Bayeaux Tapestry and appears to be a form of wind sock. Unfortunately the Fighting Man standard is not shown and I know of no period sources that clearly describe it. If there is one I'd like to know about it too.
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J. Bedell




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PostPosted: Fri 13 Oct, 2006 8:28 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Yes, I knew about the two standards but as you say I don't know of any sources that show his personal standard, I guess I'm not the only one left clueless here.

-James

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