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One of the prominent female characters in Tasso’s Jerusalem Delivered. She was a beautiful sorceress, with whom Rinaldo fell in love, and wasted his time in voluptuous pleasure. Two messengers were sent from the Christian army with a talisman to disenchant him. After his escape, Armida followed him in distraction, but not being able to allure him back, set fire to her palace, rushed into the midst of a combat, and was slain.

In 1806, Frederick William of Prussia declared war against Napoleon, and his young queen rode about in military costume to arouse the enthusiasm of the people. When Napoleon was told of it, he wittily said of her: “She is Armiʹda, in her distraction setting fire to her own palace.”

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Aristides
Aristippos
Aristocracy
Aristophanes
Aristotle
Aristotelian Philosophy
Aristotelian Unities
Ark
Armada
Armenians
Armi da
Arminians (Anti-Calvinists)
Armory
Armoury
Arms
Arms of England (The Royal)
Arnauts [brave men]
Arn-monat
Arnold
Arnoldists
Arod

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