Æthelflæd: The woman who crushed the Vikings

Janina Ramirez reveals how Æthelflæd – wife, mother, diplomat and, above all, warrior-queen – left an indelible mark on Anglo-Saxon England in the 10th century

A statue of Æthelflæd – erected in Tamworth to mark the 1,000th anniversary of her fortifying the town. (Photo by Chris Gibson/Alamy Stock Photo

This article was first published in the June 2018 edition of BBC History Magazine

There are only a handful of warrior women from the past who have captured imaginations for centuries. The most famous are Boudicca, her chariot complete with spiked wheels, and the armoured teenager, Joan of Arc. These were the exceptions – women in a man’s world who men followed into battle.

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