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There are many Ladgerdas throughout history; mythological women recorded usually briefly in medieval histories for their heroic deeds and adventures, but historical scholarship has largely ignored them.
History is, after all, his story. Gesta was written by historian and theologian Saxo Grammaticus. Though brief, her story is remarkable. She le armies, kills her husband in order to rule in her own right, and is repeatedly hailed for her prowess in battle. But even as more books and docuseries feature daring, warrior women like Ladgerda, the treatment of mythic women continues to be very different than that of mythic men. Consider figures like King Arthur or the Viking hero Ragnar Lothbrok, about whose existence scholars have debated endlessly.
In an interview with the Independentcelticist Andrew Breeze argued adamantly for Arthur's existence. According to these scholars, Ragnar and Arthur were real, or at least based in actual history. Ladgerda and her fellow legendary, mythic women were not.
You see this all the time. Only a man could have accomplished such feats. Only a man could fight or travel to North America. Sexism among scholars both conscious and unconscious partially s for why history has ignored such striking women. But to really understand why these remarkable Viking women have been ignored, one must consider the history of Viking scholarship itself and how society has come to understand and use Norseman lore. Medieval scholarship and Woman want sex Viking subset of it, Viking scholarship, began to gain traction during the Victorian era, a period beset with massive societal shifts from the industrial revolution to imperialism.
In a lecturemedieval art curator Stephen Fliegal cited those shifts as prompting the Victorian fascination with the Middle Ages. The Middle Ages took whatever shape Victorians needed. What made the Middle Ages appealing to the Victorians is also why the Vikings grew popular.
Before then, Vikings were referred to as Norseman or Northman. Both the Middle Ages on the whole and the Viking age in particular were used to create a Woman want sex Viking of national identity in the midst of European, and especially English, imperialism. Their bias against female warriors has helped erase the veracity of figures like Ladgerda.
The Victorian era is, arguably, one of the most sexist and misogynist in history, far more so than the Middle Ages. Not so with Middle Ages where women could inherit land, enact edicts to resident serfs on that land, and generally had greater mobility than women after the Renaissance. Viking women had even more autonomy. In addition to inheriting property, they had a say in who they married, could request a divorce, and even have their dowries returned after the divorce. Beyond just shieldmaids, scholarship often neglects and ignores the lives of Viking women altogether.
The misogyny of Victorian scholars has been embedded in the Viking scholarship of today, affecting how scholars understand and write about Viking women. But new evidence overturns this simplified division of gender roles. In a studyscholar Shane McLeod found that DNA evidence indicates far more Viking women were migrating and likely fighting in England than was assumed when grave goods alone were used to determine sex.
Keys, which are often interrupted to be symbols of the domestic sphere, are actually quite rare in Viking gravesand are found both in male and female Viking graves. Even more striking, inSwedish researchers made headlines after announcing that the grave of a Viking warrior, long assumed to be male, was actually that of a woman according to DNA evidence. Almost immediately, the study was met with intense scrutiny.
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