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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 ?
Yes, it is very fine then; but when thousands of good brave men and horses are killed or crippled for life, it has a very different look.
Theseus, however, was much too brave and active a young man to be willing to spend all his time in relating things which had already happened.
Misadventures of Matthieu and his party Return to the caches at Salmon River Battle between Nez Perces and Black feet Heroism of a Nez Perce woman Enrolled among the braves.
No friend could have done more, for even in war, which severs for a time all the sentiments of human fellowship, this subtle bond of association remains between brave men - that the final testimony to the value of victory must be received at the hands of the vanquished.
With him they came, fleet of foot and wearing their hair long behind, brave warriors, who would ever strive to tear open the corslets of their foes with their long ashen spears.
exclaimed Hiram; “why, this is Judge Temple’s dog Brave.
yes, until that brave gentleman is roasted -- is that what you mean?
Around the brave Tiger Lily were a dozen of her stoutest warriors, and they suddenly saw the perfidious pirates bearing down upon them.
I am safe," retorted I-Gos, "for I am not a brave and popular son of the jeddak of Manator.
So brave and noble a man, Roger, has a heart of pure gold.
And Michael, who with a single careless paw-stroke could have broken Cocky's slender neck and put out for ever the brave brightness of Cocky's eyes, was careful of him from the first.
I have ever said that a brave lance should wed her; and, by my soul