The Papal Banner

Gilbert, Archdeacon of Lisieux, attended Rome in the spring of 1066, to obtain papal support for William's cause. Through the persuasion of Archdeacon Hildebrand, Pope Alexander II presented William with the consecrated papal banner and a valuable ring containing a hair of Saint Peter. Thus having obtained the blessing of Rome, William was now leading a holy crusade.

See Also

Flags and Banners

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