Amazons
(1,319 words)

1. Medieval tradition

The motif of the ancient Amazons, a mythical race of warrior women, was universally present in the vernacular courtly literature of Europe (Alexander Romance, Trojan Romance), as well as finding its way into many Latin literary genres (encyclopedias, chronicles, sermons, itineraries). Medieval reception of the Amazon material came in two forms. The first, found mostly …

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Tscherpel, Gudrun, “Amazons”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 13 December 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_016782>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321



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