The Heroins of the Greek War of Independence


The Heroins of the Greek War of Independence
  1. The Heroins of the Greek War of Independence
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    The role that Greek women played in the Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire is not to be overlooked, as they helped shape the discourse of Greece’s plight for freedom from the Turks. Several women stand out as having influenced the Greek War of Independence, while others, nameless, will always be remembered in the …
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The role that Greek women played in the Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire is not to be overlooked, as they helped shape the discourse of Greece’s plight for freedom from the Turks.

Several women stand out as having influenced the Greek War of Independence, while others, nameless, will always be remembered in the hearts and stories of the Greek people for their bravery and as beloved martyrs.

Let’s take a look at some of the most memorable women who shaped the Greek War of Independence.

Laskarina Bouboulina One of the most renowned heroines of the Greek Revolution, Bouboulina was a patriot to her last breath. She was born in May of 1771 in a prison in Constantinople and led a most untraditional life for her times.

Laskarina was married twice and inherited a fortune due to her marriages. There are reports that in 1819 Bouboulina joined the “Filiki Etaireia” (Society of Friends), which was an underground organization preparing to facilitate a revolution against Ottoman rule to liberate Greece.

Bouboulina went on to become a Greek naval commander in the Greek War of Independence when on March 13, 1821 she raised a Greek flag which was based on the flag of the Comnenus dynasty of Byzantine emperors on the mast of her ship, and led her fleet of eight ships to Nafplio where she started a naval blockade.

Her wealth and fortune came in handy as she spent most of her riches to supply ammunition and food for sailors and soldiers under her command. She would go on to participate in other naval blockages and the capture of Monemvasia and Pylos. In 1825, however, she was killed on the balcony of her house on Spetses during a family feud by an unknown assassin.

Manto Mavrogenous

Born in 1796 in Trieste, Italy, which was at the time the Austrian Empire, Mavrogenous moved to Paros with her family in 1809 and joined the “Filiki Etaireia” in 1820 when she learned from her father, who was already a member of the organization, that they were preparing a revolution.

She was a wealthy and well-educated and convinced her wealthy friends to donate their money in efforts to increase the weaponry for the Greeks fighting the in the revolution reaching as far as Paris to appeal to wealthy women to side with the Greeks.

Mavrogenous first went to Mykonos to invite leaders to join in the revolution. Soon after she left her family in 1823 to move to Nafplio to fight at the center of the conflict. She stayed in Nafplion after the war concluded and she was granted the rank of Lieutenant General by Kapodistrias. After Kapodistrias’ assassination Mavrogenous returned to Mykonos and lost her life to typhoid fever in July of 1848.

Rallou Karatza

Born a princess in 1799, Karatza became an actress, theater director and translator. She was participant in the Greek War of Independence as it is rumored that she too became a member of the “Filiki Etaireia” and she used her influence as a stage actress to help the revolu…

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