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Home > Books & Reviews > Pagan > The Women Warriors Search

Book Review:
On the Trail of the Women Warriors: The Amazons in Myth and History

Author: Lyn Webster Wilde
Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: St Martins Press
Publication date: July 2000
ISBN: 0312262132
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This is an interesting look at some of the stories of women warriors and it started out as a journalists attempt to find out some of the truths behind the legends of Amazons. It asks more questions than it answers but puts some interesting points forward about these elusive people. She also argues somewhat against Matriarchal and for what she terms matri-potestal - i.e. 'mother-powered' where mother goddess worship is central to the society but where women don't necessarily have political power. I found it interesting if a little light and well put together. An easy read on the topic and there is a glossary which might be useful for other readings in the area. There is no bibliography per say but there are interesting citations in the notes.

Overall: Worth at least taking out of the library for a peruse

Reviewed by Deirdre

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