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Brewer's: Fata

Women introduced in medival romance not unlike witches, and under the sway of Demogorgon. In Orlando Innamorato we meet with the ?Fata Morgana;? in Bojardo, with the ?Fata Silvanella.? The Fates Nera and Bianca, the protectresses of Guidone and Aquilante; the ?Fata della Fonti,? from whom Manricardo obtains the arms of Hector; and ?Alcina,? sister of Morgana, who carries off Astolfo. In Tasso we have the three daughters of Morgana, whose names are Morganetta, Nivetta, and Carvilia; we have also Dragontina, Montana Argea (called the queen of the Fates), protectress of Floridante), Filidea (sister of Argea), and several others. In the Adone of Mari'

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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