Prior to the French Revolution, there was no
national flag which represented France. From 1590-1790 this flag
was one of four that was used on warships and fortresses. The
plain white flag, known as the Bourbon Banner, and this white
flag with three golden fleurs-de-lis, a white flag with many
fleurs-de-lis, or a white flag with many fleurs-de-lis with the
arms of France in the center. The simpler designs such as this
were used in ordinary circumstances.