--Instances of heroism in women have occasionally occurred in modern times resembling somewhat that of the ancient Amazons
But there are eras and countries in which their warlike spirit appeared with particular lustre; such were the displays it made in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries in Hungary
, and in the Islands
of the Archipelago and Mediterranean, when they were invaded by the Turks.
Among the stirring instances of Amazonian conduct in modern ladies may be mentioned that of Jane of Belleville
, widow of M. de Clisson
, who was beheaded on a suspicion of carrying on a correspondence with England
and the Count de Montford
The lady, filled with grief for the death of her husband, and exasperated at the ill treatment which she considered him to have received, sent off her son secretly to London
, and when her apprehensions were removed with respect to him, she sold her jewels, and fitted out three ships, and put to sea, to revenge the death of her husband upon all the French
whom she should meet.
This new corsair made several descents upon Normandy
, where she stormed many of the castles; and the sordid inhabitants were spectators more than once, while their villages were in a blaze, of one of the finest women in Europe
, with a sword in one hand and a torch in the other, urging the carnage, and eyeing with pleasure all the horrors of war. Dr. Petit
has given it as his opinion that there is a great difficulty in governing the women, even at present, though they are unarmed and unpracticed in war; it cannot, therefore, be considered a subject of regret that the race of Amazons has ceased to exist.