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    What Did Women’s Armor Actually Look Like?

    We always see women barely dressed in armour, but how do those images compare with real historical iconography of women wearing armour particularly in the late middleages when full plate armour was complete? A warrior is a person specializing in combat or warfare. In tribal societies warriors often form a caste or class of their own. In feudalism, the vassals essentially form a military or warrior class, even if in actual warfare, peasants may be called to fight as well. In some societies, warfare may be so central that the entire people may be considered warriors, for example in the Iron Age Germanic tribes and Indian clans like the Rajputs. While the warrior class in tribal societies is typically all-male, there are some exceptions where women formed part of the warrior class. During the Viking Age a type of female warrior was the skjaldmær, or shieldmaiden. A 2017 study produced DNA results confirming the remains excavated in Birka, Sweden, were a female warrior. These women survive in a few historical testimonies like those of the Byzantine Empire. In many societies in which a specialized warrior class exists, specific codes of conduct are established to ensure that the warrior class is not corrupted or dangerous to the rest of society. Common features include valuing honor in the forms of faith, loyalty and courage.

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