Black Cross (Teutonic Order)

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The shield of the Teutonic Order bearing the Black Cross.

The Black Cross has been the symbol of the Teutonic Order from the 12th century to present.[1] It is the predecessor to the Iron Cross that originated in 1219 when the Kingdom of Jerusalem granted the Teutonic Order the right to combine the Teutonic Black Cross placed above a silver Cross of Jerusalem.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Lepage, Jean-Denis (2005). Medieval armies and weapons in western Europe: an illustrated history. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 193.