Isabel of Conches

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Isabel of Conches, (fl. 1090)[1] wife of Ralph of Tosny, rode armed like a knight during a conflict in northern France during the late 11th century [2] and was born in Montfort sur Risle, Eure, Normandy, in 1057.

Orderic Vitalis described Isabel of Conches, daughter of Simon I de Montfort, as brave as "several Amazons and the legendary Camilla, who fought as ally of the Italian king Turnus in the Aeneid."


  1. ^ Pennington, Reina (2003). Amazons to Fighter Pilots: A Biographical Dictionary of Military Women. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press. p. 541. ISBN 0-313-29197-7.
  2. ^ Edgington, Susan, and Sarah Lambert, Gendering the Crusades, Columbia University Press, 2002, p. 53- 54. ISBN 978-0-231-12598-7