(The). Pedro, King of Castile (1334, 1350-1369).
Pedro I. of Portugal; also called le Justicier (1320, 1357-1367).
(now Crewel) Garters. Garters made of worsted or yarn.
“Ha ! ha ! look, he wears cruel garters.”
Shakespeare: King Lear, ii. 4.
“Wearing of silk, why art thou so cruel?”
Woman's a Weathercock (1612).
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894