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