If any charge on a shield is not placed in the center, or if there are multiple charges disposed in an unusual way, it is necessary to specify where they are located. The diagram above shows the points of the … Continue reading →
No person, when heraldry was in its greatest repute, dared assume any cognizance or bearing without permission of the Earl Marshal or the Kings-at-Arms. Any individuals, who presumed, by assumption, to offend the laws of the court of honour, were liable to heavy fines and personal duresse, which in many instances have been rigidly enforced.
From The Manual of Heraldry, 5th Edition by Anonymous, p132