By the ancient laws of nobleness… these seven circumstances were regarded in the choice of Chieftans, first, his age, secondly, his virtues, thirdly, his faith or allegiance, fourthly, his knowledge of martial discipline, fifthly, his authority, sixthly, his good fortune, and lastly, his blood or gentry.

– From The Blazon of Gentrie by Sir John Ferne (1586), p23-24

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s