Bravery


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Bravery

See also Heroism.
Achilles
foremost Greek hero of Trojan War; brave and formidable warrior. [Gk. Hist.: NCE, 12]
Adrastus
courageous Indian prince; Rinaldo’s enemy. [Ital. Lit.: Jerusalem Delivered]
Agenor
Antenor’s son; distinguished for his valor in battle. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 12]
Bajazet
fierce, reckless, indomitable Sultan of Turkey; Tamerlane’s captive. [Br. Lit.: Tamerlane, Walsh Modern, 39]
Beowulf
singlehandedly fights firebreathing dragon. [Br. Lit.: Beowulf]
Birch, Harvey
at great risk spies on British. [Am. Lit.: The Spy]
black agate
makes athletes brave and invincible. [Gem Symbolism: Jobes, 45]
black poplar
symbol of bravery. [Plant Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 176]
Boadicea (Boudicca)
British queen and female warrior; slew 80,000 Romans. [Br. Hist.: Walsh Classical, 58]
Bold Beauchamp
14th-century champion; British generic for warrior. [Br. Hist.: Walsh Classical, 49]
Breck, Alan
while evading enemies, risks his life to save others. [Br. Lit.: Kidnapped]
bull
heraldic symbol of courage. [Heraldry: Halberts, 21]
carp
a pictorial symbol of bravery. [Chinese and Jap. Folklore: Jobes, 292]
Clorinda
Amazonian, battles in armor. [Ital. Lit.: Jerusalem Delivered]
David
audaciously stands before and slays Goliath. [O.T.: I Samuel 17:48–51]
French willow
indicates courage. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 178]
Fritchie, Barbara
her bravery impressed Stonewall Jackson. [Am. Lit.: “Barbara Fritchie” in Hart, 57]
Gawain
bravery in the Castle of Wonders. [Arth. Legend: Parsival]
Hale, Nathan
(1755–1776) Revolutionary war hero, calmly accepted fate. [Am. Hist.: Jameson, 215]
Havelok
right makes might as gallant prince triumphs. [Dan. Lit.: Havelok the Dane]
Hawkeye
scout and woodsman who risks his life to save English girls from hostile Indians. [Am. Lit.: Cooper The Last of the Mohicans in Magill I, 494]
Hector
captain and chief hero of Trojan forces. [Rom. Lit.: Aeneid; Metamorphoses]
Horatius
holds off Etruscan forces while Romans burn bridge. [Rom. Hist.: Livy]
Iron Cross
German medal awarded for outstanding bravery in wartime. [Ger. Hist.: Misc.]
Joan of Arc, St
. peasant leader of French rout of British. [Christian Hagiog.: Attwater, 187]
larch
symbol of bravery. [Tree Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 175]
Medal of Honor
highest American military decoration for wartime gallantry. [Am. Hist.: Misc.]
Nicephorus, St.
layman voluntarily executed to prevent priest’s apostasy. [Christian Hagiog.: Attwater, 249]
Pitcher, Molly
(1744–1832) took husband’s place in battle during American Revolution. [Am. Hist.: Jameson, 393]
Profiles in Courage
John F. Kennedy’s anthology of biographies of brave statesmen. [Am. Lit.: Profiles in Courage]
Purple Heart
U.S. medal awarded to those wounded in military action. [Am. Hist.: Misc.]
red badge
symbol of the conquest of fear. [Am. Lit.: Red Badge of Courage]
Richard the Lion-Hearted
(1159–1199) romantic warrior-king renowned for his bravery and prowess. [Br. Hist.: Bishop, 49]
Roland
brave French hero of medieval chansons de geste. [Fr. Lit.: NCE, 2344]
Samson
strong, brave judge of Israel; strength was in his hair. [O.T.: Judges 13–16]
St. Paul
as a missionary he fearlessly confronts the “perils of waters, of robbers, in the city, in the wilderness.” [N.T.: II Cor. 11:26]
Theseus
displays bravery in facing Minotaur; against Procrustes. [Gk. Myth.: Odyssey; Metamorphoses]
Victoria Cross
highest British military award for valor. [Br. Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 1129]
York, Sergeant Alvin
(1887–1964) hero of WWI; captured hundreds of Germans. [Am. Culture: Misc.]
References in classic literature ?
Prince,'' answered Cedric, ``I have ever done justice to thy bravery and thy worth Nor am I ignorant of thy claim to the crown through thy descent from Matilda, niece to Edgar Atheling, and daughter to Malcolm of Scotland.
Evidently devoid of all the finer sentiments of friendship, love, or affection, these people fairly worship physical prowess and bravery, and nothing is too good for the object of their adoration as long as he maintains his position by repeated examples of his skill, strength, and courage.
The little party of warriors was led by Kovudoo, the chief; a middle-aged savage of exceptional cunning and bravery.
Quincey Morris was phlegmatic in the way of a man who accepts all things, and accepts them in the spirit of cool bravery, with hazard of all he has at stake.
What was needed now was not bravery, but circumspection.
His insolent bravery, his still more insolent success at a time when blows poured down like hail, had borne him to the top of that difficult ladder called Court Favor, which he had climbed four steps at a time.
Their hearts, too, had been torn out and carried off; a proof of their signal valor; for in devouring the heart of a foe renowned for bravery, or who has distinguished himself in battle, the Indian victor thinks he appropriates to himself the courage of the deceased.
Charles, my dear cousin," cried Julia, rising and meeting him with both hands extended, "I owe my life to your bravery and presence of mind.
A brilliant frigate captain, a man of sound judgment, of dashing bravery and of serene mind, scrupulously concerned for the welfare and honour of the navy, he missed a larger fame only by the chances of the service.
and Madame Vandenhuten, of whom Jean Baptiste was the sole hope, came to hear of the exploit, they seemed to think I had evinced a bravery and devotion which no thanks could sufficiently repay.
And Meriones answered, "Aeneas, for all your bravery, you will not be able to make an end of every one who comes against you.
So saying, he took my hand and whilst Sir Edward, Philippa, and Augusta were doubtless reflecting with admiration on his undaunted Bravery, led me from the Parlour to his Father's Carriage which yet remained at the Door and in which we were instantly conveyed from the pursuit of Sir Edward.