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Examples of Escorial
Alva wrote, with enthusiasm, to congratulate him; pronouncing the victory the most brilliant one ever achieved by Christians, and Don John the greatest general since the death of Julius Caesar.
But whatever the cause of the victory, its consequence was to spread the name and fame of Don John of Austria throughout the world.
Entering the sacred precincts, breathless, travel-stained, excited, the messenger found Philip impassible as marble to the wondrous news.
A courier, despatched post haste to Spain, bore the glorious news, together with the sacred, standard of the Prophet, the holy of holies, inscribed with the name of Allah twenty-eight thousand nine hundred times, always kept in Mecca during peace, and never since the conquest of Constantinople lost in battle before.
He could not but regard the whole proposition as an insolent declaration of war.
It was too much to expect that the choleric soldier would be content with what he could not help regarding as a dishonorable capitulation.