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Banner of the Bishopric and Bishop of Chelm (Teutonic Order, Germany)

flag in the 'Banderia Prutenorum' manuscript

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[Banner of the Bishopric and Bishop of Chelm (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.]

"22. Banner of Bishopric and Bishop of Chelm, led by member of the Court, one Theodor von Sowemburg. Domestics, court-members and vassal knights composed that banner [here a military unit]. Note: Banner is 2 and 1/4 cubits long, 2 cubits without half-quarter [i.e. 1.875 cubits] wide." [Editor's note: about 112 cm × 94 cm.]
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 right hand (my image being thus a supposed backside); the pole tip, in dark blue, protudes slightly in the finial position; dark blue sleeve. The flag design suggests this flag was supposed to be flown from a vertical pole.
António Martins, 28 February 2002

From the Teutonic Banners at Tannenberg webpage: "Bishopric of Sambia: Described by Dlugosz as the standard of Chelmno but other sources make it clear that it is not that of Chelmno but that of the Bishop of Sambia."
Santiago Dotor, 20 June 2005

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