E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Women introduced in mediæval 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 Marini we have the Fata named Falsirena.