As for the purpose: if a Duke, an Earl, Baron, or Knight, and so of the rest, shall marry with a woman, of inferior estate, and birth to theirs, (be she gentle born, or ungentle, it shall not differ in the case) and dieth, this relic or widow, enjoyeth the title, state, and dignity, of her deceased husband: and shall be called, a Duchess a Countess, a Baroness, or Lady, and so forth: as the case falleth out.

– From The Blazon of Gentrie by Sir John Ferne (1586), p62

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