the thirty-fourth and last of the Visigothic kings, was the
son of Theodofred, and grandson of King Chindasuintho. Witiza, the
usurper, put out the eyes of Theodofred, and murdered Favil'a, a
younger brother of Roderick; but Roderick, having recovered his
father's throne, put out the eyes of the usurper. The sons of Witiza,
joining with Count Julian, invited the aid of Muza ibn Nozeir, the Arab
chief, who sent Tarik into Spain with a large army. Roderick was routed
at the battle of Gaudalete, near Xeres de la Frontera (July 17th, 711).
Southey has taken this story for an epic poem in twenty-five books -
blank verse. (See Rodrigo.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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