History Meme (3/6) Women ~ Lagertha
According to legend Lagertha was a Danish Viking Shieldmaiden from what is now known as Norway and the onetime wife of Ragnar Lodbrok who she had three children with.
Lagertha’s career as a warrior began when Frø, king of Sweden, invaded Norway. Frø put the women of the dead king’s family into a brothel for public humiliation. Ragnar Lodbrok came with an army to avenge his grandfather who Frø had killed and many of the women Frø had ordered abused fought at Ragnar’s side. Chief among them, and key to Ragnar’s victory, was Lagertha.
"Ladgerda, a skilled Amazon, who, though a maiden, had the courage of a man, and fought in front among the bravest with her hair loose over her shoulders. All-marveled at her matchless deeds, for her locks flying down her back betrayed that she was a woman."
Years later after Ragnar and Lagertha divorced, Lagertha came to Ragnar’s aid with 120 ships when he faced a Civil War in Denmark. When at the height of the battle, Ragnar’s son Siward was wounded, Lagertha saved the day for Ragnar with a counterattack.
Upon returning to Norway, she quarreled with her husband, and slew him with a spearhead she concealed in her gown.
"usurped the whole of his name and sovereignty; for this most presumptuous dame thought it pleasanter to rule without her husband than to share the throne with him"