[Elfsea] Re: Nine Worthies
Morgan Cain (Ansteorra)
morgancain at earthlink.net
Tue Jul 22 07:29:21 PDT 2003
> Where did you get this list?? Is It period?
> The two list I have are different. The Marchese Tommaso II of Saluzzo
> list a bunch of Amazons. Jacques Iverny painted This list in 15th
> Semiramis, Lampheto, Marpasia, Synoppe, Thamiris, Menalippe, Hippolyta,
> Orithyia, and Penthesilea
> The other list I have is from a late 16th century Heraldry book
> Deborah, Judith, Jael (Jewish)
> Minerva, Semiramis, Thamiris (Classical)
> Matilda of England, Joanna of Naples, Isabel of Spain (Christian)
The lists for women seem to be MUCH more fluid than the one for men. I took
two or three lists of women (one from the Burgkmayr engravings of 1516, the
other is French) and chose the ones that I liked best. It seems very much
to be the way that all the lists were devised. I prefer the lists that were
more in line with the male Nine Worthies, on the scheme that Dryden
summarized so well:
"Nine Worthies were they called, of different rites:
Three Jews, three pagans, and three Christian knights."
That's why I don't like the all-Amazon version. The symmetry and
recognition of other Worthy Women makes it easier for me to teach the
lessons of the Nine Worthies as equivalently female traits.
"Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea,
never regains its original dimensions."
---= Oliver Wendell Holmes
"....look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else."
---= Tom Stoppard, "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead" (1967)
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