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My first association was Jeanne d'Arc, although admittedly her story differs slightly from the one reported here (rather than saving anyone from the stake, she ends up there herself). But yes, the heroine soldier is a common motif in many mythologies. To what extent it is anthropological would be interesting to find out.


Hmmm this female soldier story looks dangerously close to the Amazon Penthesilea's support to the Trojans against the Bruins... err no... the Acheans. Part of the appeal ought to come from there, the comparison between the Trojan War and the Crusades were common as indicated by the legend of the Nine Worthies or the constant references to both episodes in the anti-Turks literature of the time;

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