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Contributor Contrib.supera8y on 3/26/2016
Alarcón was a fort owned by the arabs in the Iberian Peninsula (Alarcón literally meaning 'the fort' in arabic), and the spaniards had the goal of owning it during the spanish reconquista. After 9 months of siege, Fernán Martínez de Ceballos climbed the walls of the fort using only two daggers and opened the gates from the inside allowing the castillan army to come in and conquer Alarcón. After hearing this, king Alfonso VIII of Castile gave Fernán Martínez de Ceballos the surname 'Alarcón' and changed his name to 'Fernán Martínez de Alarcón'.