Titling the dead man a banneret
, however, is not the problematic part of this poetic finale.
The registers of Philip's reign include an attempt to list the knights banneret of the entire kingdom, compiled during the period 1204-1207/1208 (illus-3).
As for the `masculine relationships' which Gaunt discerns in the grand chant, the trouveres on our list of knights banneret include several whose lines of alliance and association can be traced outside their poetry.
The question extends over eight mocking, descriptive stanzas with brilliant detail and hypnotic rhythm: what is the value when we ourselves will turn to mud and gore, when the bannerets
become bodies dangling on the barbed wire of trench warfare, when the rivers of blood are 'of our own making'?
Gay Kelleway's Mawkab took the second division of the claimer, Tim Etherington's Branston Pickle the seller, and Sue Wilton's Banneret
the concluding 12- furlong handicap.
Sue Wilton's Banneret
made it four career wins - all on sand - in the second division of the claimer.
Connections were in no mood to let the 11-length winner go but had to go to 11,600gns to see off John Pointon, whose Banneret
was a late withdrawal.
Some of the gloss was taken off the triumph when he was forced up to 7,200gns by John Pointon, owner of runner-up Banneret
, before retaining his winner.
Russell Price was found guilty of careless riding on Bapsford, three- quarter-of-a-length winner of the Hold the Crackers Selling Stakes from Banneret.
The stewards allowed the result to stand, but felt that Price's riding over the final furlong, when his mount edged across in front of Banneret, was careless, and they suspended him for two days (January 18 and 19).
Garry Woodward saw his Barnsley stable's strength cut to 11 when Banneret
was sold for 9,200gns after his selling win.
Everything is here: the foot soldiers, the cavalry, the bannerets
, the dead, the debris, as well as the encampments and the preparations.
The aristocracy here studied includes, in thirteenth-century terms, bannerets
, knights, and esquires, as well as earls and barons.