Queen of the Amazons, “half like a man.” Getting the better of
Sir Artegal in a single combat, she compelled him to dress in “woman's
weeds,” with a white apron before him, and to spin flax. Britomart,
being informed by Talus of his captivity, went to the rescue, cut off
the Amazon's head, and liberated her knight.
(Spencer: Faërie Queene, book v. 4-7.)
or Radegund, wife of Clothaire, King of France.
St. Radegonde's lifted stone.
A stone sixty feet in circumference, placed on five supporting
stones, said by the historians of Poitou to have been so arranged in
1478, to commemorate a great fair held on the spot in the October of
that year. The country people insist that Queen Radegonde brought the
impost stone on her head,
and the five uprights in her apron, and arranged them all as they
appear to this day.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894