Invasion of the Viking Women: Wives Joined Warriors When They Came to Britain

Daniel Bates, Daily Mail (London), July 21, 2011

Forget Hagar the horrible–it was more like Helga the terrible.

Viking women accompanied their male partners to Britain in far greater numbers than had been previously thought, a study has shown.

Almost half of all bodies in burial grounds researchers examined were those of women–with some carrying swords and shields.

The numbers show that not only were the Vikings accomplished fighters but also the marrying kind who made sure their men had company.

The Norsemen invaded Britain in 900AD and in a series of raids hacked monks to death and stormed a priory in Lindisfarne.

But examination of 14 burial mounds found that it was not just the menfolk who came over.

Of the 14 studied, six were women and seven were men, with one not set indistinguishable.

The researchers came to their conclusion by examining objects found in the graves and looking at isotopes from their bones to identify where they were born.

The bones were also examined for signs of which gender they belonged to–previous studies had just assumed that because the body had a knife near it it was a man.

One burial site at Repton Woods near Derby, for example, was identified as female even though the remains of three swords were recovered.

‘These results, six female Norse migrants and seven male, should caution against assuming that the great majority of Norse migrants were male, despite the other forms of evidence suggesting the contrary,’ the report says.

‘This result of almost a fifty-fifty ratio of Norse female migrants to Norse males is particularly significant when some of the problems with sexing of skeletons are taken into account.’

The study was written by Shane McLeod of the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Western Australia.

He said: ‘An increase in the number of finds of Norse-style jewellery in the last two decades has led some scholars to suggest a larger number of female settlers.

‘Indeed, it has been noted that there are more Norse female dress items than those worn by men’.

Previous studies have also confounded our expectations that the Vikings were bloodthirsty warmongers.

A paper published in 2009 claimed the Norsemen were ‘model immigrants’

who lived side-by-side in relative harmony with the Anglo-Saxon and Celtic locals.

After the initial–inevitably violent–conquest, Vikings became an integral part of social and political life in Britain and Ireland between the 9th and 13th centuries.

Earlier this year, researchers also revealed that a cold snap in Greenland may have driven out the Viking settlers from the island.

Scientists reconstructed temperatures by examining lake sediment cores in west Greenland dating back 5,600 years.

Their findings indicated that earlier, pre-historic settlers also had to contend with vicious swings in climate on icy Greenland.

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  • ATBOTL

    “A paper published in 2009 claimed the Norsemen were ‘model immigrants’

    who lived side-by-side in relative harmony with the Anglo-Saxon and Celtic locals.”

    After they killed large numbers of the natives and took their land, maybe then there was harmony. The genetic and historical evidence suggests that the Anglo_Saxon invasion a few centuries before was similar to the Spanish conquest of the Americas where the conquerors enslaved the natives and took concubines.

    Northern WASP Americans are heavily descended from the Norsemen who settled in Eastern England.

  • Anonymous

    Almost half of all bodies in burial grounds researchers examined were those of women…not only were the Vikings accomplished fighters but also the marrying kind who made sure their men had company.

    That’s pretty funny – ancient Viking raiders had better family values than modern American blacks.

  • John Engelman

    The Viking raids may have contributed to the low crime rates in Scandinavia. Nordics with violent proclivities joined the raids, and took their violence provoking genes elsewhere, where they either settled or got killed. In Scandinavia the meek inherited the earth.

  • Richard Zuckerman

    Last night, I saw the movie “Iron Clad”, supposedly what the King did AFTER he signed the Magna Charta, and one particular woman helped fight against the King after he killed a few Knights Templars.

  • Wulfstan

    Now tell us something we didn’t already know. Any history book worthy of the description would have mentioned this in the days before it became illegal to refer to any event that occurred before mass immigration from the former colonies.

  • Anonymous

    If this is true then it’s interesting because it contrasts with the settlement patterns of Vikings in other North Atlantic islancs such as Iceland. Recent Icelandic DNA analysis suggests that around 66 percent of the male settler-era population was of Norse ancestry, whereas the female population was 60 percent Celtic and most similar to Welsh and British.

    http://goo.gl/VfuxF

  • Chromedome Brainstorm

    Listen as someone who is Half-Norwegian I can tell Amren-ers that most of these women-folk taken on Viking raids were slaves and concubines!

    Vikings were notorious for taking foreign women-folk into their custody after a raid.

    Apparently mentioning this simple fact in this day and age is not ‘P.C.’ as it may hurt the sensitive feelings of ultra-liberal feminists so we are supposed to believe that these concubines and slave-women were really equals out raiding as well or some such non-sense.

    Sort of like how we are supposed to view Elizabeth One as some type of proto-feminist archetype… even though the fact is she was very un-P.C. in the modern sense and had ordered ‘black-a-moors’ out of London!!

  • jdavis

    Ask Tiger Woods, the golfer, he was married to a Viking. The world thought she was just another blue eyed blond, well, She busted his worthless self

    Further, She has had the decency to leave and create no further media frenzy about herself. Unlike Shrivers, or Khardashisns.

    I do hope the Vikings and their offspring rise again.

  • shaunantijihad

    Well, we always knew that anyway. York is a Viking settlement, though they would have pronounced it Jork, which has a nice Viking museum in the old city, and many of the place names around Yorkshire have Viking names and origins. It’s also a very nice place for Yankees to visit in our short Summer, where you can sample some real Yorkshire ales, beers, ciders and cheeses, hint hint.

    Of course, 4 of our days are named after the Viking gods, Tiw, Woden, Thor and Freyja. We got the other three from the Romans, Saturn, Sun and Moonday. Still, they were all of the Caucasian people. The new Bolshevik-Left driven invasion of low IQ blacks and plain insane Moslems must be driven out.

    It would help to subsequently rename Europe Caucasia and the USA and Canada as West Caucasia. There are so many Arab countries there is a League of Arab nations. Yet, the Leftards scream when anyone suggests their should even be one Caucasian nation. Caucasians are not permitted to have a nation it seems, and that highlights the hatred of the other races towards us. Awaken or die in slavery, for that is what the blacks and Muslims really want, with a little help from their friends.

  • Jesse

    Quite a bit of wrongs in the article actually. And in the comments on this page as well.

    Vikings were not very typical of the Scandinavians but were only a small segment of the population.

    That they raided monasterys was kinda natural, since they were basically banks protected by the power of religion, something viking raiders didn’t really care anything about.

    But the Viking raids quite quickly stopped being raids, and instead became invasions. With a large amount of Scandinavians coming after as colonizers and settlers.

    That there was a lot of women in this segment of the Viking invasion is kinda natural.

    And while the invasion in itself probably wasn’t very enjoyable, it probably wasn’t worse than any other invasion in its day, and it seems that they Vikings were a pretty nice bunch once they controlled the area, and didn’t raid and plunder randomly in their own territories.

    Which means the Vikings were probably as much model immigrants as European settlers in North America was.

    And finding weapons and such in graves of females doesn’t have to mean anything really, since you were buried with some of your possessions, so it might as well have been items belonging to her husband or family that had come into her possession.

    And don’t forget, one of the richest viking-era grave is the Osebergs-ships in Norway, which was for a queen.

    Women in general were not likely to be Viking warriors, they just weren’t as physically suited for it as men.

    But they did have an impressive amount of gender equality, and the wife was generally seen as the owner of the house and things related.

  • English Tony from NYC

    A contrast to the immigrants of today. Photos of the hordes of would-be immigrants to Britain in camps like Sangatte in France always show only young Arab and African men. Photos of starving people in the hellholes they came from show only the elderly, women, and children.

    Could it be that these fine young asylum-seekers are seeking to ditch their families and responsibilities for nice lives with Western welfare benefits?

  • NAVY

    This may come as a shock to some people, but the Scandinavians were never the savage barbarians depicted in recent accounts.

    Scandinavians are known to be peaceful people because they are by nature.

    Historically, Scandinavians lived in villages and the village life in winter contributed significantly to their peaceful coexistence.

    Evidence now shows that after the final economic collapse of Egypt, internally orchestrated by the Hiksos in retribution for Egypt’s refusal to allow their former army to expand into Canaan, an elite force of Hiksos who were part of the Egyptian army took to the sea.

    They survived by raiding coastal villages across the Mediterranean, until their exploits took them as far as Danmark.

    Once in Scandinavia, the soldiers came up with a plan to take advantage of the

    People by raiding a village and establishing a kingdom.

    Throughout the century, the kingdom would invade more villages throughout Denmark and Norway and establish more kingdoms while bringing the people under their cause.

    The same tactics were used in Sweden, Finland, Britain, Scotland, Ireland, throughout western Europe.

    If you have ever wondered why Viking men and women fought together, it is due to these disk formative campaigns.

    The word Vikings stands for 6 kings referring to the 6 original tribes who illegally settled in the former Egyptian territory.

    The dragon ships used to raid coastal villages were originally from Egypt.

    So if you have ever wondered why Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, as well as well as the rest of Europe is open to non-white immigration, this is the answer.

  • OBSERVER

    The concept of different “sexes” is a social construct.

    It was invented by nasty pasty white men to control and dominate “their” women and to cause pain and suffering for the African Normans and Hispanic Norse people.

  • Whiteplight

    2 — Anonymous wrote at 6:47 PM on July 21:

    “Almost half of all bodies in burial grounds researchers examined were those of women…not only were the Vikings accomplished fighters but also the marrying kind who made sure their men had company.

    That’s pretty funny – ancient Viking raiders had better family values than modern American blacks. ”

    They had better values than most every white today as well. In that culture, your word was your bond and you could not enter Vahalla if you broke your word. There was no forgiveness in Asatru; once you do it, it is done, and you must accept responsibility for the outcome of your actions. This culture has long been the underlying factor in Northern European culture and behavior. One’s honor was most important. This is what the Normans brought to France and so combined with the also Nordic German notions of honor to create a chivalric culture that lasted until the 20th century. That is also why Northern Europeans have operated businesses the most reliably for the longest time, and are most resistant to corruption. My argument would be that Diversity (as in Social Christianity) is what has destroyed it, along with the devastating tragedy of two expensive European civil wars.

  • Whiteplight

    1 — ATBOTL wrote at 6:17 PM on July 21:

    “After they killed large numbers of the natives and took their land, maybe then there was harmony. The genetic and historical evidence suggests that the Anglo_Saxon invasion a few centuries before was similar to the Spanish conquest of the Americas where the conquerors enslaved the natives and took concubines.

    Northern WASP Americans are heavily descended from the Norsemen who settled in Eastern England. ”

    This is hyperbole. Historically, there was no mass slaughter of Anglo-Saxons by Vikings, either on raids or especially after settling. DNA evidence may really suggest that they may have been hardier and married into more often. Anglo-Saxons conquered and settled during a land vacancy left due to the Roman collapse and withdrawal. The Romans did commit genocide on the Celtic Britons earlier, and that is well documented.

    As a genealogist, I can assert that the probable majority of white settlers in the Americas were Norman, both English and French. I refer you to the genealogical work, “The Norman People in North America.”

    Your statements comparing it to what the Spaniards did in the New World is complete nonsense and a great example of bombastic hyperbole. It is more like the actions of Rome in Gaul and Britain, and happens to also be Latinate (Roman) in style and culture.

    Your use of WASP as a pejorative term is also obvious.

  • Anonymous

    There is a Catholic prayer written in N. France about 800 that goes something like this. “Deliver us from…..and from the blood thirsty Danes and their horrible dogs.

    Ever heard of the eagle torture? Lay the victim on his front. Make incisions on both sides of his spine and top and bottom of the ribs. Grab the ribs and spread them out.

    Let him die in agony.

  • Anonymous

    “If this is true then it’s interesting because it contrasts with the settlement patterns of Vikings in other North Atlantic islancs such as Iceland. Recent Icelandic DNA analysis suggests that around 66 percent of the male settler-era population was of Norse ancestry, whereas the female population was 60 percent Celtic and most similar to Welsh and British.”

    Irish monks 700-900 wrote that the Vikings took none of their own women to Iceland. They settled and then raided Ireland for women.

    Charming, minding your own business, selling the fish your husband caught last night, watching the kids, taking care of the garden. Then the Vikings swarm in and grab you, rape you every which way on the boat and enslave you in a primitive frozen frontier.

    Turks did the same thing. They started their great trek in Asia as racial Mongols. Their life was so hard their women died off so they took slaves as they went along. By the time they got to Aremenia and modern Turkey they were White caucasians.

  • Johnny English

    To “ATBOTL” @#1

    There is not a shred of credible evidence that the Anglo-Saxon invasion of what became England was in any way similar to that of the Spanish settlers in the Americas. Like the Vikings, to whom they were ethnically, culturally and linguistically closely related, the Anglo-Saxons also brought their wives and children with them, and had no need to intermarry with locals. This is why we speak of the English Settlement, and not merely the Anglo-Saxon Conquest.

    If the indigenous Celts had survived in any numbers one would expect the English language to contain a significant number of Celtic words, or even to be an Anglo-Celtic creole; actually, Celtic words in the English language are conspicuous by virtue of their extreme rarity. Some Celtic place names have survived in England, but these are confined to already large settlements and rivers, whose names would already have been in international currency. Furthermore, Celtic concubines or wives would surely have been inclined to speak to their half-Saxon offspring in their own language at least some of the time, thus preserving it, and thereby encouraging its cross-fertilisation with the Anglo-Saxon tongue; however, no such preservation or cross-fertilisation occurred.

    The misguided (or deliberately misleading) revisionism that seeks to misrepresent the Anglo-Saxons as a mere ruling and cultural elite among a population of subjugated Celtic indigenes (who were mysteriously persuaded to lose all traces of their language, religion and culture) is a contemptible modern invention falsified by all the demonstrable facts.

  • John Bell in England

    re. Johnny English – couldn’t have put it better myself! Those who suppose that we English entered into possession of our country as a mere elite of conquerors ruling a subjugated mass of natives never mention that precisely that scenario was played out a few centuries later in the Norman conquest, yet it was the English language and culture which survived – however altered – and absorbed the French. So it would have been if the Britons had remained in a substantial majority – we would all be speaking something like Welsh today.

  • Anonymous

    The Norman invasion had a huge contingent of Breton French from Brittiany. Cerca 600 when the saxon Germans invaded England, the local warlord allowed thousands of native English to settle there. The country was named Brittiany by the English refugees from England who fled from the saxon invasion. They were mostly from Cornwall and S.East England.

    They were mostly knights and warlords. Like the Miami cubans they maintained their culture and were revanchist for centuries. When the opportunity came, they went back home.

  • margaret

    Sort of like how we are supposed to view Elizabeth One as some type of proto-feminist archetype… even though the fact is she was very un-P.C. in the modern sense and had ordered ‘black-a-moors’ out of London!!

    Feminazis rant and rave about the English laws that gave all a married women’s property to their husbands. They fail to note that it was Elizabeth 1 who decreed those laws about married women’s property. It was not parliament, the House of Lords or the courts who decreed the married women’s property laws.

    It was Elizabeth 1. She did not do it on her own. She did it on the orders of her controllers, William and then his son Robert Cecil, the Lords Burgehly.

    In addition to massive embezzlement of the government funds their hapless pawn Elizabeth gave them control of, the Cecils made a speciality of marrying very rich heiresses with no male relations to protect them.

    After Elizabeth obeyed their orders to decree the married women’s married women’s property laws the Cecils used those laws to to take over everything the wives possessed.

  • Anonymous

    Every history book I have ever read points to the total elimination of welsh as evidence that the vikings and saxons exterminated every native English person but those who managed to escape to Wales.

    Had any Welsh speakers survived they would have been around to tell the invaders the names of lakes, rivers, towns etc.

    Most historians point out that half the N American towns, rivers, lakes, states, and provinces have kept their native Indian names, linguistic proof that the Europeans who settled Canada and the USA did not exterminate the Indians.

  • Cnhatley

    When the Vikings were invading the Anglo-Saxon regions of England, the Celts were not mixed in with the Anglo-Saxons. When the Anglo-Saxons invaded c. A.D. 449, they did not mix with the Celts. The Celtic peoples were pushed into Cornwall and Wales. And many fled to Ireland. An indicator of this is that the place names changed when the Anglo-Saxons came in. I do not understand why this is difficult to accept. The Celts were distant kin to the Anglo-Saxons, but they were not of the same Germanic stock. When the Vikings invaded, they did mix with the Anglo-Saxons because they were of the same stock. Well into 19th century America, those of English stock did not marry into the Irish and so forth. Imagine how much more strict they were  about marriages in 5th century.