When Sir Hugh's kinsman, Sir John de Collingham,
from the Holy
Land, he brought with him a flag bearing the sign of a crescent, as
in the illustration.
It was noticed that De Fortibus spent much time in
examining this crescent and comparing it with the cross borne by the
Crusaders on their own banners.
One day, in the presence of a goodly
company, he made the following striking announcement:
"I have thought much of late, friends and masters,
the crescent to the cross, and this has led me to the finding of
at which I marvel greatly, for that which I shall now make known is
mystical and deep.
Truly it was shown to me in a dream that this
of the enemy may be exactly converted into the cross of our own banner.
Herein is a sign that bodes good for our wars in the Holy Land."
Sir Hugh de
Fortibus then explained that the
crescent in one
be cut into pieces that would exactly form the perfect cross in the
It is certainly rather
curious; and I show how the conversion
crescent to cross may be made in ten
pieces, using every part of the
The flag was alike on both sides, so pieces may be turned