Diapering in Ferne

From The Blazon of Gentrie by Sir John Ferne (1586), p189

The above is Ferne’s rendering of diapering, which he insists is a vital difference that must be noted in blazon rather than a method of further ornamenting the shield. The blazon he gives for the above coat is “gules, diapered argent, four fleurs-de-lis azure.” I can find no other source that claims diapering should be noted in the blazon, though he cites a “Bara” for his rule.


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