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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, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 20 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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