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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Nov 2019 9:06 p.m. PST

This question came to my mind when I saw this miniature … of Fantasy of course … but … is there any document that mentions any of them?


Thanks in avance for your help.


bsrlee07 Nov 2019 1:29 a.m. PST

Joan of Arc, Eleanor of Acquitane both lead armies and wore fighting armor.

There are a number of chronicle accounts of 'Ladies' holding their own all female tourneys while the men were away on Crusade or wars – wearing srmor and 'jousting' on horseback.

Modern testing of remains from Scandinavia have shown that several high status 'warrior' graves contained genetic females.

Did any of these people receive the 'Accolade' or formal knighting? Almost certainly not.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2019 11:11 a.m. PST

Many thanks!.


dapeters08 Nov 2019 12:24 p.m. PST

In a word no

Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP09 Nov 2019 8:27 a.m. PST

If you mean ladies like Bradamante in Ariosto's Orlando Furioso or Britomart in Spencer's Fairie Queen who aspired to knighthood, went through the weapons training, and the whole page-squire-knighted after a night of vigil in the chapel thing, then went forth to engage in acts of knight errantry, basically, no.

Ladies could inherit knights' fees if there were no male heirs. I suspect most of them would have hired a professional warrior as a stand in when the king called them up for duty with his army.

There were ladies, like Sichelgaita, wife of Robert Guiscard, who lead armies, carried arms, wore armor, and sometimes fought.

When Tortosa, in Catalonia was attacked by Moors, the ladies of the town helped defend it. The feudal overlord, the Count of Barcelona, established a knightly order to honor these ladies, known as the Order of the Hatchet.

I found this on the internet:


uglyfatbloke24 Nov 2019 5:43 a.m. PST

Bower writes of one female 'man-at-arms' killed in action serving in the Count of Namur's retinue in Scotland in 1335.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP25 Nov 2019 10:38 a.m. PST

Thanks also!.


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