Wow, great information!"Warrior-women" do make an occasional appearance in the martial traditions of Iron Age Europe. The famous Queen Boudica of the Iceni is a notorious example. Female participation in combat was sufficiently common in the Pictish Kingdom that Christian clergymen petitioned against it - the result was known as the "Law of the Innocents". Several female warriors appear in Irish mythology, most notably Scathacht (and of course Irish mythology is not unlike Greek mythology or the Old Testament - hard to determine where the history ends and fantasy begins).
A little closer to home for the Vikings were the Cimbri, a Germanic people who may have come from Scandinavia, and who invaded both Celtic and Roman Europe right around the turn of the 1st Century BCE. During one of their final battles with the Romans, the Cimbric women apparently participated, and even killed Cimbric men who tried to run from the carnage. I also recall an anecdote about Celtic and/or Germanic women fighting in Spartacus' battleline during the Third Servile War.
Granted, none of those peoples were "Vikings", but they shared their context as pre-Christian or early Christian inhabitants of northern Europe.
If the Iron Age Celtic/Germanic precedent also applied to Viking times, it probably wouldn't have been totally unheard of for a woman to take up weapons, especially in some kind of desperate situation. Individual women, whether by disguise or by strength of personality, have forced their way onto battles in almost every time and place in human history.
But if you're wondering if all-female warbands were a thing, or if the average Viking company would have had some serious female warriors in its ranks - yeah, I wouldn't get too attached to the notion. It wasn't business as usual in Viking warfare, I think we can say that much with confidence.
Ok, thank you! I understand it.There is little hard evidence that they existed.
I doubt any would have gone viking, being that they had important work to do.
But, given, women have fought in most armies and cultures in some form it's likely that a few Dane/Swede/Geat/Norse women did fight in armies. But if they did they are unlikely to have been pretty, dainty teenage boy fantasy types... but big, burly mannish types. Ones that could hold their place in a shield wall and not get bowled over by the Dane/Anglo-Saxon/Celt/Pict/Frank/unarmed monk or villager they were fighting.
Probably just as common as an 11 year old boy in battle.Weapons had ceremonial and prestige value aswell. So because a women has been buried with grave weapons doesn't not mean she was a warrior. They may have been family artifacts given to her in death as a sign of her status or esteem.
I believe it likely that a small number of Scandanavian women would have "broken the mould" but I don't believe that they were common.
I think that sums it up nicely!Probably just as common as an 11 year old boy in battle.
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