These dignities of regality we will reckon for twelve, whereof six inferior be noble, and the other princely: the six Noble be these: Gentleman, Esquire, Banneret, Knight, Baron or Lord, and Viscount. The six degrees of Regality which be Princely (because they may wear Crowns) be these, Earl, Marquis, Duke, Prince,
King, and Emperor.

– From The Blazon of Gentrie by Sir John Ferne (1586), p88

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