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This page is devoted to the medieval and renaissance activities of DMWS and it is currently the largest single collection of flags available for download at this site. Here you will find mostly flags that are useful for this period, but in due time, also a DBM-Machiavelli campaign rule set will be available for download.
The Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation: Landsknechte, Nobles & Cities
4 sets of flags for the Holy Roman Empire. The flags of the first set are based on modern Coats of Arms, but they may still have been in use during the 15th and 16th century. In comparison, many modern day Swiss canton flags are more or less true copies of older warflags. Basically, we have no clue if the flags looked like this, but we like the way they tunred out, so here they are. We use these flags mostly for mounting them on the Landsknecht pikemen, and on various cavalry units.
  1. Aalen, Bamberg, Hesse, Hildesheim, Bremen, Lindau & Koblenz
  2. Saxen, Worms, Prüm, Aachen, Ebersberg, Landhaden & Konstanz
  3. Ahaus, Zell, Roding, Brandenburg, Saarland, Vaihingen
This next set of flags are also flags to be used for the landsknechte, but as opposed to above, these flags are based on contemporary sources and should be precise reproductions.
  1. Banner of the Swabian League, Standards of Friedrich von Bayern & von Hohengeroldseck, Banner of the Fugger
  2. Flags of the Holy Roman Empire ( I )
  3. Flags of the Holy Roman Empire ( II )
This larger collection of flags are all flags for 13th Century nobles & cities of the Empire. Based on CoA's & seals. The flag streamers were very common and fashionable in the Empire but are optional. The Gonfanon type flag were flown as a normal banner and not as the Italian Gonfalon.

  1. Duke of Pommern, Wenden
  2. Duke of Oberschlesien, Lord of Rügen
  3. Castellan of Altenburg, Lord of Usedom
  4. Cassuben, Markgrave of Brandenburg, Duke of Schwerin
  5. Markgrave of Meissen, Duke of Mecklenburg
  6. Graf von Leiningen, Duke of Kleve, The Emperor
  7. Cities of Lübeck, Ulm, Speyer
  8. City of Mainz
  9. Duke of Westfalen, City of Cologne
  10. Bishop of Bremen, Cities of Goslar, Aachen, Schwäbisch Hall
  11. Bishop of Augsburg, Cities of Augsburg, Worms
  12. Castellan of Regensburg, City of Regensburg, City of Ravenburg
  13. Graf von Roden, Graf von Roden-Limmer, Graf von Rutenberg
  14. Duke of Schwaben, Lords of Gemmingen & Wevelinghoven
  15. Lords of Weichs & Boyneburg
  16. Graf von Askanien, Graf von Neuenburg, Graf von Toggenburg, Graf von Kirchberg
  17. Graf von Botenlauben, Graf von Haigerloch, Markgraf von Hohenburg & Vohburg
  18. Graf von Homberg, Lords of Warte, Bailiffs von Rotenburg, Duke of Kleve, Graf von Rietenburg, the Reichsschenck
  19. Markgraf von Baden, Duke of Bavaria
  20. Ritter von Ingelheim, Ritter von Huyn, Markgraf von Landsberg, von Eisenberg, Graf von Ravenberg
  21. Schenke von Limpurg, Burggraf von Lienz, Markgraf von Hachberg-Sausenberg, Markgraf von Baden
  22. von Rötteln, Graf von Leiningen-Landeck, Bishop of Limburg, Bishop of Bamberg, Graf von Oldenburg, von Biberstein
  23. Duke of Braunschweig-Lüneburg, Graf von Holstein-Schaumburg
  24. Graf von der Mark, Graf von Altena, Archbishop of Cologne, Graf von Berg, Ritter von Horn, Herren von Strehla & Randow
  25. Duke of Saxony, Ritter von Stavenow
  26. Bishop of Liegé (Thibaut de Bar), Duke of Körnten, Graf von Neipperg
  27. Duke of Meranien, Duke of Steirmark, Heinrich des Löwen (Duke of Saxony)
  28. Sponheim family, Lords of Bolanden, Lords of Heinsberg, Couts of Sayn
Flags for the armies of the Habsburgs. Some are based on flags captured at specific battles and other are based on CoA's. These flags can also be used in an Imperial German Army.
  1. Duke of Austria, Count of Habsburg-Laufenburg, Count of Tyrol
  2. Count of Thierstein, Freiherr von Hasenburg, Town of Mellingen, Town of Lenzburg
  3. Company of the Etsch, City of Freiburg, Lord of Salm
  4. Markgraf Otto I von Hachberg, Herr von Diessenhofen, Sigmund & Hans & Schoch von Klingenberg
  5. Count of Montfort, Bailiff Peter von Torburg, Town of Villingen, Duke of Austria
  6. Count Donat von Toggenburg, Village of Elgg, Radolfzell
  7. Freiherr Johann von Ochsenstein, Schaffenhausen, Winterthur, Unknown town banner
  8. Graf von Tierstein, Town of Feldkirch
Flags for bishops & monasteries of the Empire. Based on the Zürich Rolls. The individual cleric may have differentiated his personal banner by adding his family CoA to the official CoA eventhough it was against church policy, but his troops would likely use the official arms.

  1. Archbishop of Cologne, Bishop of Liége(Lüttich)
  2. Archbishop of Trier, Archbishop of Salzburg
  3. Bishop of Speier, Bishop of Seckau
  4. Bishop of Worms, Monastery of St. Gallen
  5. Bishop of Constance, Monastery of Reichenau, Bishop of Vienna
  6. Bishop of Regensburg, Bishop of Basel
  7. Bishop of Freising, Bishop of Brixen
  8. Bishop of Passau, Abbey of Murbach
  9. Bishop of Chur, Monastery of Kempten
  10. Bishop of Würzburg, Bishop of Strassburg
  11. Archbishop of Magdeburg, Bishop of Eichstätt
  12. Bishop of Augsburg, Imperial Abbot of Corvey
Local nobles from the Duchy of Mecklenburg and the County of Holstein. Very useful for German knights serving as mercenaries in Denmark & Sweden.

Duchy of Mecklenburg:

  1. Linstow, Hobe, Lepel, Kabolt, Behr
  2. Gortz, von Bülow, Oldenburg, Budde
  3. Ketelhut, von Kardorff, Moltke
  4. von Lowzow, von Rome, von der Lühe, von Maltzan, Pentz
  5. von Hafn, von Hahn, Niepertz, Rathlou

County of Holstein:

  1. Hummersbüttel, Ahlefeldt, Breide
  2. Buchwald, Rantzau, Rönnow, Meinstorf
  3. Altena, Godov, von Hocken, Hacke, Sandberg, Sehestedt
  4. Pogwisch, Smalsted, von Siggem, von Thienen, Wilstermand
  5. Krummedige, Skinkel, Reventlow, Walstrop
Condottieri and Italian city states
This collection contains flags for use with vaious Italian territorial armies and condottieri armies. Most of these flags are based on historical references, but number 9 (various italian city states) are based on contemporary heraldy.
  1. Parma, Verona and Savoy
  2. Bologna, Milan, Padua, Genova & The White Company
  3. Perugia, Visconti family, Milan & Giordano Orsini
  4. Flags for Florence
  5. Flags for the Papal state
  6. Flags for Pisa
  7. Flags for Cremona and Modena
  8. Siennese company flag
  9. Sforza, Atendolo, Guidoricco da Fogliano & Hawkwood condotti
  10. Various italian cities.
  11. Bolognese Cavalry Pennoncelles
  12. (Bologna) Quater of Porta di Stiera (I)
  13. (Bologna) Quater of Porta di Stiera (II)
  14. (Bologna) Quater of Porta di Piera (I)
  15. (Bologna) Quater of Porta di Piera (II)
  16. (Bologna) Quater of Porta di Piera (III)
  17. (Bologna) Quater of Porta di Piera (IV)
  18. (Bologna) Quater of Porta Procola (I)
  19. (Bologna) Quater of Porta Procola (II)
  20. (Bologna) Quater of Porta Ravegnana (I)
  21. (Bologna) Quater of Porta Ravegnana (II)
  22. (Bologna) Quater of Porta Ravegnana (III)
  23. (Bologna) Unattached Società (I)
  24. (Bologna) Unattached Società (II)
  25. Gonfalons for the Carroccio of Bologna (I)
  26. Gonfalons for the Carroccio of Bologna (II)
  27. Banners of Bolognese cavalry & commanders
  28. Aleramici, Del Caretto, della Scala, Corsini, della Gherardesca
  29. Sforza (Dukes), Piccolomini, Petrucci
  30. Maletesta, Carrara
  31. Bentivoglio, Altieri, Merdici, Barberini, Montefeltro
  32. de Salutati, Albizzi, Cavalcanti, de Amerigho Zati, Frescobaldi, Pitti
  33. Priuli, Danato, Barbarigo, Malipiero
  34. Unknown CoA, Dinegro, Peruzzi, Carnesecchi
  35. Santini, Mansi, Torregiani, Ferrucci
  36. Maximillian Sforza, Count of Pavia (1512)
Flags for the Ottoman empire
These flags have been produced for the medieval ottoman army, but are not based on any concrete historical information, since information about medieval islamic and ottoman warflags is very uncommon on the internet. However, the Flags of the World site has been very useful.
  1. Turgha, Zulfikar and islamic banners
  2. Various speculative regional banners; Kazakstan and Brunei
  3. Pennons of the Turgha, Zulfikar and various speculative motives
Flags for Hungary and Bohemia
Here you will find flags and banners for King Mathias I of Hungary and his Black Army. This section is based on historical sources and should be fairly accurate (numbers 1-3). Also, a series of Bohemian banners are included which are based on contemporary coat of arms. Whereas these flags are very useful and may, or may not, be historically accuarate they are very useful for making your army look impressive.
  1. King Mathias I and the Black Army
  2. Bela family, House of Árpad, peasant banner
  3. Anjou dynasty, King Stepehn I, János Hunyadi
  4. Blansko, Brno Sever, Hradek, Knezmost, Kozlany & Tepla
  5. Brno Jih, Trebenice, Bavorov, Bilavoda & Brno Boh
  6. Brno Jenhice, Kopidlno, Brno Kohoutovice & Chodova Plana
  7. Frenstadt, Trest, Praha Dbaliche & Praha Kolovraty
The Swiss Renaissance Army
This collection of Schwiz warflags and banners have been based on XXX and contains many of the flags of the various cantons of Schwizerland.
  1. Thun, Schwyz, Uri, Niewalden, Unterwalden, Glarus & Confederate
  2. Appenzell, Basel, Lucerne, Zurich, Fribourg, Zoloturn & Oberwald
  3. Bremgarten, Biel, Winterthur, Schaffhausen, Baden, Bern & Saubanner
  4. René, Duke of Lorraine and Bar
Burgundian and French flags, ca. 1445-1500
This is a collection of flags for the French and Burgundian Compagnies d'Ordonnance. Apart from the various banners, standarts and pennons, there are also covers for two Burgundian pavises.
Please note that most of these flags are to big to fit on your screen, but rather than compressing them we wanted to preserve as much of the artwork as possible.
Good books on the topic of Burgundian flags etc. are Florens Deuchler's "Die Burgunderbeute" (1963) and Bernisches Historisches Museum's "Die Burgunderbeute und Werke burgundischer Hofkunst" (1969). There is todate no books about the French Ordonnance flags.
  1. Standard and Banner of Charles VII (French)
  2. Louis XI, Charles VIII, Scottish Guard of Charles VIII (French)
  3. Various cavalry banners for Charles VIII, Louis XII and their gendarms
  4. Flags for Italian troops of Louis XII
  5. Possibly a French Ordonance Company flag, ca 1445
  6. Speculative French Ordonance flags (I)
  7. Speculative French Ordonance flags (II)
  8. Burgundian Parvises
  9. Standards for Charles the Bold's Household, Guard and Mounted Archers
  10. The Tent Flag of Charles the Bold
  11. Ducal Guard Banner of Burgundy
  12. Company flags for the English archers of the Ducal Guard.
  13. Personal banners for the Captains of the Ducal Guard & the 1st, 6th, 11th, 13th & 15th Company.
  14. Banner of Anthony, Bastard of Burgundy
  15. Banner of Louis de Chalôn, Seigneur de Châtelguyon
  16. Banner of Burgundy (v.1)
  17. Banner of Burgundy (v.2)
  18. Banner of Burgundy (v.3)
  19. Banner of Burgundy (v.4)
  20. Banner of Burgundy (v.5)
  21. Banner of Burgundy (v.6)
  22. Banner of Burgundy (v.7)
  23. Banner/Guidon of St. Jude Thaddaus (More than 1Mb)
  24. Cornet of St. Jude Thaddaus (for cavalry) (more than 1Mb)
  25. Cornet of St. Jude Thaddaus (for mounted archers) (800 KB)
  26. Cornet of St. Jude Thaddaus (for crossbows/infantry) (800 KB)
  27. Burgundian Infantry flags from Grandson
  28. Infantry flags (II)
  29. Burgundian Cav. and Inf. flags
  30. The 'Maid of Ghent' flag
  31. Burgundian battleflag, Unknown unit
  32. Savoy battleflags
  33. Banner of St. John the Evangelist (more than 1Mb)
  34. Infantry Cornet with St. Bartholemew (900 Kb)
  35. Banner for the 11th Company (1Mb)
  36. Infantry Cornets for 11th Company
  37. Banner of the 15th Ordonance Company
  38. Infantry Cornet for the 15th Ordonance Com. (conjectural)
Wars of Edward I
The following flags are based on the Falkirk Roll of Arms and the Caerlaverock Poem. They can not only be used for Edward I's wars, but to some extend also for The War of the Barons in mid-13th century England
  1. Earl of Lincoln, Montagu, Earl of Hereford, FitzRoger, FitzRobert
  2. Marshal of England, FitzWalter, Lord de la Zouche
  3. Lord Tattershall, Sir Tattershall, Lord Segrave, Sir Segrave
  4. Anthony Bek - Bishop of Durham
  5. Baron Vavasour, Robert Mohaut, Walter Mauncy, John Lovel, Hugh Bardolf
  6. The Grey family, Earl of Warwick
  7. FitzAlan, Nicholas Audley, John Huddleston, John Wake, Heny le Tyes
  8. Piers Corbet, William Brewes, William Sampson, William Ros, Ralph Basset, Piers Moulay, Walter Huntercombe
  9. Marmaduke Thweng, Philip Darcy, Edmund Hastings, John Paynel, Robert Hilton, FitzWilliam, John Moels, William Martin
  10. Theobald Verdun, Thomas Multon, Edmund Deincourt, Andrew Astley, Hugh le Despencer, Earl of Richmond, Alexander Lindsay
  11. Edward I, Earl of Lancaster and son, Earl of Oxford, Jean de Bar, Robert Clifford
  12. William Ferrers, John Engaine, Captal de Buch, Pierre Bordeaux, Pons de Castillion, Sire d'Albret
  13. Baron le Latimer and Son, John ap Adam, Walter Beauchamp, John Halvering, John Benstede
  14. Thomas and Maurice Bekeley, John Botetourt, Robert Ward, William and John Cauntelo
  15. Otton Cazeneuve, Hugh Courtenay, William FitzWilliam, John Droxford, John Deiville, Piers Cauvent
  16. Earl of Arundal, Ralph Grendon, Thomas Furnival, Eustace Hatch, William Grandison, Robert FitzPayne, John de la Mare
  17. Roger Mortimer, Hugh Mortimer, John Mohun, Nicholas Meinill, William Morley, Simon Fraser, John Beauchamp
  18. Earl of Gloucester, Henry Percy, Hugh Poyntz, Ralph Pipard, Gilbert Pecche, Henry Pinkeny
  19. John St. John, Earl of Pembroke, John Rivers, Robert Tony, Adam Well
  20. Sir John Tregoz, William Teye, Robert scales, William Ryther, John Warenne the Earl of Surrey, Richard Siward
  21. John Doynton, Robert Keynes