E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Spanish Brutus (The).
Alfonzo Perez de Guzman (12581309). Lope de Vega has celebrated this hero. When besieged, he was threatened with the death of his son, who had been taken prisoner, unless he surrendered. Perez replied by throwing a dagger over the walls, and his son was put to death in his sight.