Moscho Tzavela

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Moscho Tzavela (Greek: Μόσχω Τζαβέλα) (1760–1803) was a Greek-Souliote heroine of the years before the outbreak of the Greek War of Independence, who has been mentioned in modern Greek literature.[1]

Moscho Tzavela was a Souliote, the wife of Lambros Tzavelas, with whom she had a son, Fotos. She commanded a crowd of 400 female rebels, who took part in the winning battle of Kiafa against the army of Ali Pasha, consisting of Albanians, on July 20, 1792, resulting in 2,000-3,000 people killed from the army of Ali, and only 74 from the Greek side. After the defeat of the Souliotes, she went to Parga and then moved to the Ionian Islands, where she died in 1803[citation needed]. People, who had met her in Kerkyra, described her as a slight woman, with a beautiful face and a sparkling glance.


  1. ^ Dever, John P.; Dever, Maria C. (1995). "Moscho Tzavella". Women and the Military: Over 100 Notable Contributors, Historic to Contemporary. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co. p. 142. ISBN 978-0-89950-976-1.