[A]s nothing is more dishonorable and shameful to a Captain or general than the loss of his Banner, Standard, or Guydon, etc. so no service in field of greater worship,
and better worthy of reward, than to preserve the same from the hands and dishonor of the enemy.
– From The Blazon of Gentrie by Sir John Ferne (1586), p101
From The Handbook to English Heraldry by Charles Boutell, p251 The section closest to the staff is nearly always the same in England: argent a cross gules for St. George. The rest of the banner is per fess in the livery … Continue reading →