This view has not commended itself to the majority of scholars, but there is at least a residuum of truth in it.
Gonzago, sensible of his secretary's abilities, commended him to Philip II.
When the custom of commendation developed, the king charged the mayor of the palace to protect those who had commended themselves to him and to 1 The mayors of certain cities in the United Kingdom (London, York, Dublin) have acquired by prescription the prefix of "lord."
His generosity, his courage and his commanding height, had already commended him to the affection of the Irish.
His father, dying in the following year, commended him to the care and favour of his brother and successor, Henry III., who faithfully fulfilled the charge.