Banner of Joan of Arc

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By Crusader1307

The supposed Banner of St. Joan may have appeared at The Siege of Orleans, during The Hundred Years War. The siege (which lasted from 1428-29) – was broken with the appearance of Joan of Arc and the unfurling of this Banner. Described as being 6 to 7 feet long, the Banner was of a bunted “swallow tail” design (popular during The Era). 8 gold Fleur-de-Lis (a symbol for France), was attacked to both section of the swallow tails. The entirety of the Banner was white (for purity). At the far left end was an image of “Christ in Judgment” (flanked by Angels). The phrase “Jesus and Mary” was emblazoned in the center. Some debate on this phrase has lead to other writings such as “Hail Mary” or simply “Jesus”. The actual maker of the banner is unknown. Legend states that it was made by Joan's Mother – however no conclusive proof can be offered. Legend also dictates that whenever Joan bore The Banner before her in battle, she won. It was said that when she was captured, she did not have The Banner in her possession.