The ensigns of Knighthood by the sword, were in ancient times, a ring of gold, and a chain or collar of gold, with a pair of spurs gilded.

– From The Blazon of Gentrie by Sir John Ferne (1586), p108

The old Romans attired their Knights with a ring for faithfulness, a buckle for steadfastness, and a bracelet for industry, all of them signs of virtue, not of sloth.

– From The Blazon of Gentrie by Sir John Ferne (1586), p20

Arms of Mathias Corvinus


King of Hungary and Croatia, 1458-1490, titular king of Bohemia, 1469-1490 (1443-1490)

Blazon: Per quarterly, I barry of eight gules and argent (Hungary ancien); II gules a cross patriarchal pate issuant from a crown upon three mounts in base all proper (Hungary moderne); III azure three lion’s heads couped, caboshed, and crowned or, langued gules (Dalmatia); IV gules a lion double-queued rampant argent, armed, langued, and crowned or (Bohemia moderne); overall in the fess point an escutcheon azure a crow close sable, legged, beaked, and bearing a ring or (Corvinus)