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Banner of the Komturia and Town of Tuchel (Teutonic Order, Germany)

tuchola, flag in the 'Banderia Prutenorum' manuscript

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[Banner of the Komturia and Town of Tuchel (Teutonic Order)] Image by António Martins, 8 February 2002

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[Editor's note: the following translation by Chrystian Kretowicz of the Banderia Prutenorum manuscript is based on a translation from Latin into Old Polish, available at the Choragwie Pruskie cz. 1 - Jan Dlugosz webpage.]

14. Banner of the Komturia and Town of Tuchola [Tuchel], led by one Heinrich (Komtur of Tuchola) with brothers of the Order, apprentice-knights from the region and hired, armored help. This Heinrich, native of Franconia, from the beginning to the end of this war, displayed extreme arrogance, over self-confidence and contempt. He ordered two naked swords to be carried always in front of him and his troop, as to celebrate the victory before the fact. He was admonished by the Grand Master and other officials, to no avail. He stated that he would put away both swords only after they drew Polish blood. But, God willing, when he shamefully ran from the battlefield to the village of Wielhnio, he was caught by the Polish knights and butchered mercilessly - a punishment for his extraordinary arrogance.
Chrystian Kretowicz, 2 June 2001

The original image shows the flag hanging vertically (hoist in the top of the picture) and a wodden pole is visible at the viewer's left hand; no finial; white sleeve.
António Martins, 28 February 2002

From the Teutonic Banners at Tannenberg webpage: "Komturia of Tuchel. Led by Heinrich Von Schwelborn, described as an arrogant, overbearing man. Captured whilst fleeing and beheaded at the village of Wielhniow."
Santiago Dotor, 8 June 2005

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