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    Women as Warriors in History: 3500BC to the 20th Century


    In between your husbands marched away with drums and guns
    And you never thought to question, you just went on with your lives
    And all they taught you who to be was Mothers, Daughters, Wives"
    (The Corries)


    Throughout history war and fighting have been seen as men's activities, however women have always been involved in battles and seiges, not to mention duels, prizefights and so on.

    The most common occasion on which women would take part in battles was when their home, castle or town was attacked. A medieval lady would have expected to take charge of defence in her husband's absence.
    Some exceptional women like Boudiccia and Joan of Arc also led attacking armies.
    There were also a few women disguised themselves as ordinary soldiers or sailors in armies through the ages.

    http://www.lothene.demon.co.uk/others/women.html

    See also: Lothene Experimental Archaeology
    http://www.lothene.demon.co.uk/index.html

    Lothene is an Edinburgh based group involved in researching and recreating aspects of life in Scotland in the 11th Century.
    The 11th Century was the period in which the present day boundaries of Scotland were established. Lothene (Lothian), which had previously been a part of Northumbria, was incorporated into the Kingdom of Scotland by King Duncan. This was also the time of Macbeth, Malcolm Canmore, and St Margaret, when Scotland changed from being a primarily Celtic society to one with wider European links.
    The population of Scotland was a mixture of Celts with Saxons in the South and Vikings in the North and West.
    The lives of ordinary people at this time were mainly based around agriculture and life on farms or in villages although traders brought luxury goods from as far afield as Byzantium, India and Africa.

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    Post Re: Women as Warriors in History

    Quote Originally Posted by Frans_Jozef
    Some exceptional women like Boudiccia
    Since when is leading an army against four undefended villages exceptional?

    and Joan of Arc also led attacking armies.
    Joan of Arc was not a commander.....she admitted this at her trial.

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    The casualties were deplorable, but the outrage against the arrogant intimidations and suffering brought by the Roman occupying forces is understandable.

    Could the Britons help that the Roman troops led by Paulinus couldn't get reinforcement by the Nineth Legion, because the Britons routed them and no additional support from Rome could timely divert the threat? :-)

    Attacking and burning down villages, slaughtering its population was horrible, but the Romans were in this respect no saints either, remember the genocide by Caesar of the Eburons?
    Different times, different morals.

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    Post Re: Women as Warriors in History

    Quote Originally Posted by Frans_Jozef

    Attacking and burning down villages, slaughtering its population was horrible, but the Romans were in this respect no saints either, remember the genocide by Caesar of the Eburons?
    Different times, different morals.
    Ok......where did I say the Romans were innocent? I'm saying that Boudicea was not a the warrior princess shes made out to be. She was defeated by the first effective military force she ever faced.

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    Yes, the Romans came out victorious from the battle, but they won at cost of a high price.
    Besides, the battle was desperate, the Britons were enough infuriated to make a stand for their liberties and that's a heroic act in itself to fight against all odds, even if the outcome is bleak.

    They lived and died for their conviction, the defeat is secondary and pityful, but as a moral lesson their rebellion to injustice and to occupation stands out as examplary for future generation, in the same mould as the Polish Cavalery confronting the German tanks.

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    Post Re: Women as Warriors in History

    Thanks for the link Frans Jozef
    (It doesn't matter how old the song is, I won't stop liking it).

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    Post Re: Women as Warriors in History

    Quote Originally Posted by Frans_Jozef
    Women as Warriors in History: 3500BC to the 20th Century


    In between your husbands marched away with drums and guns
    And you never thought to question, you just went on with your lives
    And all they taught you who to be was Mothers, Daughters, Wives"
    (The Corries)

    Throughout history war and fighting have been seen as men's activities, however women have always been involved in battles and seiges, not to mention duels, prizefights and so on.

    The most common occasion on which women would take part in battles was when their home, castle or town was attacked. A medieval lady would have expected to take charge of defence in her husband's absence.
    Some exceptional women like Boudiccia and Joan of Arc also led attacking armies.
    There were also a few women disguised themselves as ordinary soldiers or sailors in armies through the ages.

    http://www.lothene.demon.co.uk/others/women.html

    See also: Lothene Experimental Archaeology
    http://www.lothene.demon.co.uk/index.html

    Lothene is an Edinburgh based group involved in researching and recreating aspects of life in Scotland in the 11th Century.
    The 11th Century was the period in which the present day boundaries of Scotland were established. Lothene (Lothian), which had previously been a part of Northumbria, was incorporated into the Kingdom of Scotland by King Duncan. This was also the time of Macbeth, Malcolm Canmore, and St Margaret, when Scotland changed from being a primarily Celtic society to one with wider European links.
    The population of Scotland was a mixture of Celts with Saxons in the South and Vikings in the North and West.
    The lives of ordinary people at this time were mainly based around agriculture and life on farms or in villages although traders brought luxury goods from as far afield as Byzantium, India and Africa.

    Cool thread Frans.

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    Women as warriors. What next, ' The World's Greatest Glass Hammers'? 'Favourite Camels of the Arctic'? 'Top Ten Pygmy Basketball Players'?

    :anieyes :anieyes :anieyes

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    Quote Originally Posted by George
    Women as warriors. What next, ' The World's Greatest Glass Hammers'? 'Favourite Camels of the Arctic'? 'Top Ten Pygmy Basketball Players'?

    :anieyes :anieyes :anieyes
    Well you have never seen an angry and determined woman before have you George?

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    Re: Women as Warriors in History

    There isn't a single chick at this forum who couldn't beat the crap out of Taras Bulba.

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