Since ladies got the right to fight on the frontlines last week in the U.S., there were a couple stories about female warriors in the news. Specifically in this story from NPR, I learned about some ladies I'd never heard of (we've all heard of Joan of Arc):
Boudica, "… confronted and defeated the Roman army in the 1st century."
A Chinese woman, Fu Hao, "led 13,000 troops into battle and was the military might of the Shang Dynasty."
Tamar of Georgia "...ruled her country, and defeated Turkey in battle and every other empire on her borders."
Eleanor of Aquitaine was "one of the wealthiest and most powerful women in Western Europe during the High Middle Ages". She participated in Second Crusade by recruiting and assembling: "...ladies-in-waiting as well as 300 non-noble vassals. She insisted on taking part in the Crusades as the feudal leader of the soldiers from her duchy. The story that she and her ladies dressed as Amazons is disputed by serious historians... [Eleanor's] testimonial launch of the Second Crusade from Vézelay, the rumored location of Mary Magdalene´s burial, dramatically emphasized the role of women in the campaign."
Trưng Trắc and Trưng Nh, th Trung sisters of Vietnam, successfully repelled a small Chinese unit from their village, assembled a large army consisting mostly of women. Within months, they had taken back many (about 65) citadels from the Chinese (who "had occupied Vietnam for 1,000 years"), and had liberated Nam Việt. They became queens of the country, and managed to resist subsequent Chinese attacks on Nam Việt for over two years.
In the Trung sisters' army wa Phung Thi Chinh, "...a pregnant noble lady, who gave birth on the front line, and with her baby in one arm, and a sword in the other continued to fight the battle."
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