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Monty Python and the quest for The Holy Grail (movie)

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Knights' banners

Yesterday I watched "Monty Python and the quest for The Holy Grail" (again) but this time I noticed the flags King Arthur and the knights of the round table were carrying with them on their quest. To any members who have seen the movie: Are they 'real' flags or did Monty Python create them ?
Martin Hawkins, 27 july 1998


The "flags" are presumably supposed to be armorial banners. As a scholar of "attributed" arms, I can say they appear to be invented off the top-of-the-head (ESPECIALLY Sir Robin's) I also note sloppiness, where, e.g., Sir Robin's shield, banner, and caparison have three different versions of what is supposed to be his arms.
Will Linden, 27 july 1998


On the site «The Knights of the round table», the attributed arms mentioned by Will are shown (as banners, or as square shields), and none of them coincides with those used in the movie.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 27 december 2004


King Arthur



by Martin Hawkins

The white flag with grinning Sun is King Arthur's.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 27 december 2004


Sir Bedivere


by Martin Hawkins

The white and blue per bend with counterchanged tree flag is Sir Bedivere's.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 27 december 2004


Sir Galahad


by António Martins-Tuválkin,

Argent a Cross latin gules (as shown in the banner — in the shield it is a cross fichy issuant). The banner is vertical, hanging from a crossbar.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 27 december 2004


Sir Lancelot


by António Martins-Tuválkin,

The livery (worn upon his mailcoat) is party, argent and sable, a gryphon combattant counterchanged; the banner is identical, but rotated to be a black over white horizontal bicolor; on the banner the design is apparently reversed (gryphon's head black on white, while the livery has it white on black).
António Martins-Tuválkin, 27 december 2004


Sir Robin


by António Martins-Tuválkin,

The livery (worn upon his mailcoat) is party, Argent, a Chicken sable, and chequy vert and argent; on his shield it is quartely chequy, of vert and argent, and argent; the banner (or is it a pennon?) is very long, not tappering, divided verically in three parts: chequy, chicken, chequy. Being this «Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-as-Sir Launcelot», these attributed arms are somewhat canting.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 27 december 2004

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