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

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Arms of Alcázar de San Juan, Spain

Alcazar de San Juan

Granted 1992

Blazon: Azure on a base a triple-towered castle or windowed gules in the dexter; in the sinister a knight armored bearing in the dexter hand a lance proper and in the sinister hand a banner of the third a cross argent mounted on a horse salient of the last saddled, bridled, and caprisoned also proper

The knight is potentially a reference to the Knights Hospitaller, who took control of the town in 1189 – the banner matches their arms. The name of the town is probably derived from the Arabic “Al-kasar,” or “fortified castle.”

Arms of Negreira, Spain

In use since at least 2010

Blazon: Sable on a broken bridge argent over water in base barry wavy gules and azure, on the dexter half a passion cross or, on the sinister a knight in armor proper; in chief a molet of five points with rays of the fifth

The black field may be an allusion to the name of the city (negro meaning “black” in Spanish).

Arms of Soria, Spain (province)

Granted ?

Blazon: Per quarterly I argent a stake supporting a grapevine fructed with three bunches of grapes proper (Ágreda); II argent a fig tree eradicated proper within seven leaves pendant 3, 2, and 2 azure (Almazán); III azure a knight armored and bearing a lance and shield proper, mounted on a horse salient argent, saddled and bridled also proper, in chief a sun in splendor or (Medinaceli); gules a castle triple-towered argent, windowed azure (Osma); overall in the fess point a roundel gules a castle triple-towered argent windowed azure, issuant from the middle tower a king’s head proper within a bordure of the second charged with the motto “Soria Pura Cabeza De Estremadura”*; all within a bordure argent charged with 24 pellets
*Soria, Pure Head of the Estremadura

Arms of Ávila, Spain (province)

Granted after 1905

Blazon: Per quarterly; I argent a tower enflamed proper (Arenas de San Pedro); II per quarterly i and iv argent a crow close proper upon a base vert, ii and iii or two trees eradicated proper on a base vert (Piedrahita); III azure a castle triple-towered proper, at its gates a horse saliant bearing a knight with lance argent (Arevalo); IV azure a zebra statant on a base proper (Cebreros); pointé in base azure a bridge of three arches over water in base proper, beneath the central arch a boat also proper supporting a passion cross argent (Barco de Ávila); overall in the fess point an escutcheon gules a cathedral argent, on the outer wall a figure of Don Alfonso crowned and robed proper, in base “Ávila Del Ray” sable (Ávila)