Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)

The incarnation of the Goddess in the Ayesha sequence by H Rider Haggard (which entry see for listing), often referred to as "She" or "She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed". Ayesha combines aspects of Aphrodite and Isis; she is imperious, ravishing, immortal and a Lamia. Her sexual allure, which Haggard renders with a lack of horror unusual in a 19th-century writer of popular fiction, is central, and governs the plots of the Ayesha books. [JC]


This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.