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

McLeod, S 2019 , 'Shieldmaidens in Anglo-Saxon England: historical possibility or wishful thinking?', in Hardwick P and Lister K (eds.), Vikings and the vikings: essays on television's history channel series , McFarland & Company, United States, p. 241.

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Abstract

Scandinavian women are regularly depicted as warriors, or shieldmaidens, fighting both ininternational raids and in defending their homes in the popular television series Vikings. Butis this portrayal likely to be accurate? Following an examination of the depiction of warriorwomen in the series, this paper will try to answer this question by focussing on one of theregions 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 asnumerous excavations, including the burials of three females with weapons, making thempotential shieldmaidens.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:McLeod, S
Keywords: vikings, medieval, warriors, gender
Publisher: McFarland & Company
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Copyright 2019 Paul Hardwick and Kate Lister

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