St. Joan's Battle Standard, Pennon and Banner

Joan's Battle Standard, Pennon and Banner
Standard (top)
Pennon (left bottom) and Banner (right bottom)

In 1429 Joan asked Hamish Power, (French name: Heuves Polnoir), a Scotsman living in Tours, France, to design her standard and pennon.

A few months later, Father Jean Pasquerel designed her banner in the town of Blois.


Material: "buckram" ( a material similar to the canvas artists paint on) with a silken fringe

The standard was 3 feet wide and 12 feet long.

Side One Image: Upon a field of golden lilies, an image of the King of Heaven seated upon a rainbow, and holding in one hand the world in the form of a globe, the other being raised in a gesture of benediction. Before Him, to right and to left, were the kneeling figures of Michael and Gabriel, each presenting to Him a fleur-de-lys. Joan's motto "Jhesus-Maria was written in letters of gold on this rough material.

Side Two Image: Was an escutcheon: a field of azure charged with a silver dove holding in its beak a streamer with the words "De par le Roy di Ciel."

Purpose: Standard was the "fluttering sign" to which her army could rally when dispersed in confusion of battle.


Image: Depicted the Annunciation, the Virgin Mary receiving from the Archangel Gabriel a double lily, which was the twofold symbol of France and of chastity.

Purpose: Pennon was carried by one of her squires to mark her position in the field.


Image: Joan insisted the banner display the words "Jesus Crucified"

Purpose: Banner was intended for the priests and the men of her army to gather around for daily prayer.

From Lucien Fabre's book, Joan of Arc .

Michael Anthony Patrick Smith's Drawings of St. Joan's Battle Standard

The items seen in these photos are for sale at "Swords and Armour from Millenium" in Perth, Australia.

Mike's e-mail address is Lindesay Blackburne-Kane

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