a medieval minute: Phyllis riding Aristotle

Phyllis riding Aristotle

Water ewer with Phyllis riding Aritotle.

Since my name is Phyllis, I’ve long been amused at medieval images of Phyllis riding Aristotle. Phyllis was the beautiful wife of Alexander the Great, and according to the medieval legend, Aristotle became enamored of Phyllis, and she demanded to ride him like a horse. The purpose of the tale was to warn men about the corrupting power of women. Even wise men can fall prey to women’s wiles.

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To learn more about this legend:
http://dhayton.haverford.edu/blog/2016/02/19
http://www.jehsmith.com/1/2013/04/phyllis-rides-aristotle.html

Enjoy reading about a powerful medieval woman in my new novel, The Viscountess and the Templars.

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About medievalphyllis

I love history and I love writing. I've been working on an historical novel about a medieval viscountess, Ermengarde of Narbonne since 2009. It has been quite a journey and the journey isn't over. Previously I written 6 historical novels for kids, but this is a new challenge.
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