SX-04 Saxon Housecarl with King Harold’s Banner
King Harold Godwinson’s personal standard remains a mystery. There is no actual evidence from the usually helpful Bayeux Tapestry, which shows the red dragon standard of the house of Wessex, but not “The Fighting Man” banner around which Harold and his bodyguards made their last stand against the Normans.
It is said the banner was made by Harold’s mother, Gytha, and others that it was woven by Harold’s common law wife, Edith swan-neck.
It is believed that William the Conqueror sent it as a tribute to pope Alexander II, where it seems to have vanished.