Another Commonplace Book

Gramarye, Divine Philosophy, the Usual

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Medieval and Early Modern Women at War, a Few Notable Examples:

Aethelflaed of Mercia (statue pictured above) ruled part of England from 911 to 918. She was a formidable military tactician and defended her territory from the Vikings.

Emma Queen of the Franks, defended Laon in 927, and led a successful siege against Chateau Thierry in 933. She died in 934 whilst on a military campaign.

Empress Matilda and Matilda of Boulogne both commanded opposing armies during the Anarchy, a civil war that had England in chaos from 1135 to 1154.

Joan of Arc (portrait in armour above), a French peasant girl, became a military leader in the early 15th century, leading the French army in several successful battles against the English army in the last stages of the Hundred Years’ War.

Margaret of Anjou, married the simpleminded Henry VI of England in 1445 and educated her young son in “cutting off heads and making war.” She was a pivotal figure in the Wars of the Roses.

Note: wearable armour weighs from 15 - 28 kgs (35 - 60 lbs).


For the next time someone tries to tell you that they can’t put women warriors in their fantasy book, because it isn’t historically accurate.

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"…And me, so long unrisen, 

I knew that same dead weight in joint and sinew

Until a spade-plate slid and sloughed and plied

At my buried ear, and the levered sod

Got lifted up; then once I felt the air

I was like turned turf in the breath of God,

Bog-bodied on the sixth day, brown and bare,

And on the last, all told, unatrophied.”

Seamus Heaney, from his poem “The Tollund Man in Springtime,” in his collection, District and Circle.

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