The honorable degree of a Baron, is so privileged, in the laws of Arms and constitutions of Caesars… yea they are said to be, of some majesty.

– From The Blazon of Gentrie by Sir John Ferne (1586), p132

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But in later times, the ensigns and marks of Knighthood, by the sword, are observed, to be a girdle and sword gilded, and girded to his side: as also, a pair of spurs gilt, to signify… the reward of his horsemanship and that he is a Chevalier.

– From The Blazon of Gentrie by Sir John Ferne (1586), p109

It is forbidden the King (although many other great prerogatives adhere to his royal function) to dub a yeoman, or any other person not having a coat-armor a Knight.

– From The Blazon of Gentrie by Sir John Ferne (1586), p106

The knighthood temporal [as opposed to spiritual] is divided into three members. The first is knighthood of the sword: the second of the Bath: the third, and chiefest, is the knighthood of the Sovereign order, whereof the King or Sovereign is a companion.

– From The Blazon of Gentrie by Sir John Ferne (1586), p103

[W]ith the Romans, in those blisfull days, of senate government, the same order of knighthood (as we call it) was differenced from the estate of Gentlemen by wearing of
a chain of gold, as an insignia of their degree.

– From The Blazon of Gentrie by Sir John Ferne (1586), p102