His talents and amiability soon won him great popularity, especially among the peasants.
Henceforward Ayala's position and popularity were secure.
He allowed the prince to hope for such a union, and thus enhanced the popularity of the French party at Madrid.
Whether he had really given any grounds for suspicion is unknown; but there is no doubt, so great was his popularity with the soldiers and such the hatred felt for Nero, that he could easily have seized the throne.
But so great was his popularity that the court was decidedly worsted in the contest, and the emperor's authority maLerially shaken.