Quotation by Ferdinand Alvarez De Toledo Alba, Duke

I have tamed men of iron in my day, shall I not easily crush these men of butter?
Ferdinand Alvarez De Toledo, Duke Alba (1508–1582), Spanish general. Quoted in J.L. Motley, The Rise of the Dutch Republic, vol. 2 (1889).

Alleged reply to the Duchess of Parma on his appointment as Governor-General of the Netherlands, 1567.
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