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Await the signal ; whilst, with other thoughts,
And period Life with Glory. Yet some hope
His heart beat high for battle. Such array
of The Pennon was long, ending in two points, the Banner square.“ Un Seigneur n'etoit Banneret et ne pouvoit porter la banniere quarrée, que lors qu'il pouvoit entretenir a ses des pens un certain nombre de Chevaliers et d'Ecuyers, avec leur suite a la guerre : jusques-la son etendard avoit deux queues ou fanons, et, quand il devenoit plus puissant, son souverain coupoit lui-meme les fanons de son etendard, pour le rendre quarré.
Comte de Tressan.
An incident before the battle of Nagera exemplifies this.
Tossing their blazonry, and high-plumed chiefs.
" As the two armies approached near together, the Prince went over a little hill, in the descending whereof he saw plainly his enemies marching toward him : wherefore when : the whole army was come over this mountain, he commanded that there they should make an halt, and so fit themselves for fight. At that instant the Lord John Chandos brought his ensign folded up, and offered it to the Prince, saying, "Sir, here is my Guidon; I request your Highness to display ir abroad, and to give me leave to raise it this day as my banner; for I thank God and your Highness, I have lands and possessions sufficient to maintain it withall.” Then the Prince book the Pennon, and having cut off the tail, made it a square banner, and this done, both he and King Don Pedro.. for the greater honour, holding it between their hands dispiayed it abroad, it being Or, a sharp pile Gules: and then the Prince delivered it unto the Lord Chandos again, saying, “ Sir John, behold here is your banner. God send you much joy and honour with it." And thus being made a Knight Banneret, the Lord Chandos returned to the head of his men, and said " here Gentlemen, behold my banner and yours. Take and keep it, to your honour and mine." And so they took it with a shout, and said by the grace of God and St. George they would defend it to the best of their powers. But the banner remained in the hands of a gallant English Esquire named William Allestry, who bore it all that day, and acquitted himself in the service right honourably."
Vidames* and Seneschalls and Chastellains,
* This title frequently occurs in the French Chronicles, it was peculiar to France, “ the Vidame or Vicedominus being to the Bishop in his temporals as the Vicecomes or Vicount anciently to the Earle, in his judicials.”
+ Joshua Barnes seems to have been greatly impressed With the splendour of such a spectacle. “ It was a glorious and ravishing sight, no doubt,” says he, “to behold these two armies standing thus regularly embattled in the field, their banners and standards waving in the wind, their proud horses barbed, and Kings, Lords, Knights, and Esquires richly armed, and all shining in their surcoats of sattin and embroidery.”.
Thu's also at Poi@tiers “ there you might have beheld a most beautiful sight of fair harness, of shining steel, feathered crests of glittering helmets, and the rich embroidery of silken surcoats of arms, together with golden standards, banners and pennons gloriously moving in the air.
And at Nagera “ the sun being now risen, it was a ravishing sight to behold the armies, and the sun reflecting from