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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 ?
Washington, who, after uselessly admonishing the European general of the danger into which he was heedlessly running, saved the remnants of the British army, on this occasion, by his decision and courage.
Whether this answer affected their courage, or not, I cannot tell; but, contrary to our expectations, they formed a scheme to deceive us, declaring it was their orders, from Governor Hamilton, to take us captives, and not to destroy us; but if nine of us would come out, and treat with them, they would immediatly withdraw their forces from our walls, and return home peaceably.
Starbuck was no crusader after perils; in him courage was not a sentiment; but a thing simply useful to him, and always at hand upon all mortally practical occasions.
Look at the new prospect which gives you a husband, and restores you to your child -- and you will find your courage there.
But whatever pretensions Athelstane had to be considered as head of the Saxon confederacy, many of that nation were disposed to prefer to his the title of the Lady Rowena, who drew her descent from Alfred, and whose father having been a chief renowned for wisdom, courage, and generosity, his memory was highly honoured by his oppressed countrymen.
Your worship's great courage has been fully manifested already; no brave champion, so it strikes me, is bound to do more than challenge his enemy and wait for him on the field; if his adversary does not come, on him lies the disgrace, and he who waits for him carries off the crown of victory.
I have courage for anything,' she said, 'I have all I want; with you and my father, I am so well off, and waiting is made so happy, that I could wait a lifetime and not weary.
Those who so bind themselves, and are not rapacious, ought to be honoured and loved; those who do not bind themselves may be dealt with in two ways; they may fail to do this through pusillanimity and a natural want of courage, in which case you ought to make use of them, especially of those who are of good counsel; and thus, whilst in prosperity you honour them, in adversity you do not have to fear them.
Hiding order beneath the cloak of disorder is simply a question of subdivision; concealing courage under a show of timidity presupposes a fund of latent energy; masking strength with weakness is to be effected by tactical dispositions.
The cardinal envied that composure, which he attributed to the habit of meeting danger; but none the less he conceived for the officer under whose orders he had for the moment placed himself, that consideration which even prudence pays to careless courage.
And they may unfold a tale of narrow escape, of steady ill-luck, of high winds and heavy weather, of ice, of interminable calms or endless head-gales; a tale of difficulties overcome, of adversity defied by a small knot of men upon the great loneliness of the sea; a tale of resource, of courage - of helplessness, perhaps.
The crew, leaning against the bulwarks and clinging to the shrouds, cheered the courage of the two daring young men, the skill of the pilot, and the strength of the sailors.