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Shieldmaidens in Anglo-Saxon England: historical possibility or wishful thinking?


McLeod, S, Shieldmaidens in Anglo-Saxon England: historical possibility or wishful thinking?, Vikings and the vikings: essays on television's history channel series, McFarland & Company, Hardwick P, Lister K (ed), United States, pp. 241. ISBN 1476673748 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

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Scandinavian women are regularly depicted as warriors, or shieldmaidens, fighting both in international raids and in defending their homes in the popular television series Vikings. But is this portrayal likely to be accurate? Following an examination of the depiction of warrior women in the series, this paper will try to answer this question by focussing on one of the regions that shieldmaidens in the series are shown fighting in, Anglo-Saxon England. England benefits from having primary written sources for the Viking Age, as well as numerous excavations, including the burials of three females with weapons, making them potential shieldmaidens.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:vikings, medieval, warriors, gender
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:British history
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Europe's past
UTAS Author:McLeod, S (Dr Shane McLeod)
ID Code:137510
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2020-02-18
Last Modified:2020-04-06
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