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James Hillson (York): Hagiographical Heraldry and the Plantagenets – St George, Edward the Confessor and the Arms of England circa 1259-1363

At the battle of Crecy in 1347 the English army fought as it had since Edward I under five banners: two were secular, the dragon standard and the royal arms, but the majority were hagiographical – the arms of Saints George, Edward the Confessor and Edmund the Martyr.  In both peace and war the later Plantagenet Kings persistently utilised the visual relationship between themselves and the heraldry of their...