E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Theodora (in Orlando Furioso),
sister of Constantine, the Greek Emperor. Greatly enraged against Rogero, who slew her son, she vowed vengeance. Rogero, captured during sleep, being committed to her hands, she cast him into a foul dungeon, and fed him on the bread of affliction till Prince Leon released him.