The crown set on [the Queen’s] head, is called triumphant, and it is of gold, to signify her excellent Majesty; it is called triumphant, by reason that the like crown
in fashion and form was given to the Emperors and captains of the Romans in their triumphs over kings and nations.

– From The Blazon of Gentrie by Sir John Ferne (1586), p141

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It is said that the word King (did by interpretation) signify a government over a thousand men.

– From The Blazon of Gentrie by Sir John Ferne (1586), p140

The Gentleman, Knight, Baron, and the like, do wear their helments with the beaver looking over the shoulder, to signify, that they, marching before their Duke or Captain (as at the first that dignity was but an office) do regard and look towards him to attend his pleasure and direction in what he will command.

– From The Blazon of Gentrie by Sir John Ferne (1586), p139

All [princes] do ensign their Chapeau and helm with a Crown of flowers and crosses. And they are enabled by observation of Armory, to wear the like helm and Chapeau,
that the Duke or King doth wear.

– From The Blazon of Gentrie by Sir John Ferne (1586), p138

[T]he Duke, whose ensignment is a Crown of lilies… is honored with the title and style of Gracious, and Excellent: and he is Princely, but not of Majesty.

– From The Blazon of Gentrie by Sir John Ferne (1586), p137

[T]o the Earl was allowed the Crown Naval, but to the Marquis was anciently given a Crown Mural: and now, being altered with other fashions forsooth, it must rather be
a garland of flowers, that is to say, a Crown fleury, of quatrefoils.

– From The Blazon of Gentrie by Sir John Ferne (1586), p137

This degree of a Marquisate, is questionless, to be preferred as more high and princely than that estate of an Earl: wherein we Englishmen, and also the Italians, observe a commendable order: but the Frenchmen and Germans (as Cassaneus holdeth) do preposterate [reverse] the same… Well, let it be their error.

– From The Blazon of Gentrie by Sir John Ferne (1586), p136