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October 03, 2003

Shield maiden

The remains of a six-foot tall woman, buried with a shield and knife, were recently discovered in an Anglo-Saxon cemetery in Lincolnshire, England. The body and artifacts, which date to A.D. 500-600, suggest that more women than previously believed may have fought alongside men during the turbulent years following England's Roman period.

Discovery seems surprised by this find, comparing the ancient warrior to the cartoonish Xena. My Saxon ancestors, and living female relatives, mean I am not surprised at all. It is another character from an all-too-historical fantasy which better describes my vision of womanhood.

It needs but one foe to breed a war, not two. And those who have not swords can still die upon them.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at October 3, 2003 08:17 AM