Société de l'Oriflamme
The Oriflamme (meaning 'gold flame') was the sacred banner of the Abbey
of St. Denis. It accompanied the French kings in most of their major battles,
beginning with Louis VI's 1121 campaign against the emperor Henry V in
1121. The banner's last certain appearance was at the disastrous battle
of Agincourt (1415), where the bearer was killed and the flag disappeared.
The Société de l'Oriflamme sponsors
the development of web pages and publications that examine European medieval
warfare with a broader perspective than that generally found in English
language sources. This page serves as a gateway to specific topics, the
pages of which are under development. Only underlined links are active.
One of the chronicles describe the Oriflamme
as a crimson silk vexillum with three tails, green fringe, and tassels.
Later in the medieval era, there appeared
along side the French king's royal standard (gold fleur-de-lis on blue)
a flag that possibly substituted for the original Oriflamme. This latter
version had two-tails, and was a red vexillum with a gold sun-disk and
The Hundred Years'
War (1328-1453) Focus on the final phase of the great struggle between
England and Valois France; most appropriately designated The War of
Charles VII (1422-1453).
Weapons, Armor, and Forces of Medieval Europe
Special project on medieval artillery demonstrations in France.
Recommended for research is a site on the genealogy
of the French royal families, with associated titles and coats of arms.
The author has other sites that explain French blasonary.
Recommended for research is The
Middle Ages Trust Medieval Web Site Locator provides one of the most
comprehensive 'gateways' to a rich array of web sites relating to the Medieval
Recommended for the study of French military history, and especially for
travel in France with the intent to visit battlefields and fortresses,
GÉOGRAPHIQUE NATIONAL maps.
Recommended for the study of French medieval history, and especially for
visiting castles and ancient structures in France, are the guides produced
by Les Éditions
Comments and questions are welcomed, and can be sent to the the sponsor:
Société de l'Oriflamme
PO Box 137, Mount Vernon, VA 22121.
Page last updated 30 May 1998.