Article author: Asatro News and Volunteer Writer / Published: 8th day of Sol-mōnaþ 2264.RE / 8th day of Sol-month 2014
The Beauty of Female Nordic and Germanic Heroism Lies In its unrivaled Uniqueness
The Ancient world did not know soldiers, but Warriors.
It did not know scientists but Wise Men and Women.
Consequently, it did not know feminists, but strong Mothers, Sisters and Daughters.
According to the prevalent opinion, Antiquity favoured men over women; if we however look closely at the heroes immortalized in Norse Eddas and Sagas, as well as in historical sources such as Tacitus’ Annals, we realize that, in fact, it was virtue- uninfluenced by gender- which elevated certain individuals to heroic levels. Strength, honour, beauty and wisdom, powered by external factors such as death or betrayal, had the power to ignite the spark of Gods and Goddesses in the souls of our Ancestors.
This very spark is what the Romantics called Genius and what sieved heroes, and heroines, from those who were simply wise or courageous. Ancient bards, historians and philosophers knew Genius when they saw it. Eternal spark of the Divine shone through the actions of those ready not only to perform their natural roles in the tribe, but to reach beyond those roles in order to protect the lives and honour of their children and the sovereignty of their homelands.
Matters of life, death and honour constituted the only reason our forefathers ever rarely decided to overstep the natural roles of men and women.
This is why not just anybody could be considered a hero; not everybody deserved fame and glory on the global scale.
Of course great fame and glory were more commonly available to men than women, not because women were subject to “discrimination”, but because they were privileged by nature to protect the house from the inside, while men, naturally un-specialised to nurse the children and physically stronger, protected the house and nation from the outside, remaining constantly exposed to great dangers, and great victories which followed. Hence, we all know the glorious deeds of Arminius, Decebalus, Leonidas and Vercingetorix, but the number of European heroines we have heard of is relatively insignificant, especially as Christianity purged the records of them.
Therefore the courage of such great women as Boudicca is even more astonishing.
Boudicca was a wife of Prasutagus- chieftain of the Iceni tribe, who had ruled as an extrinsically independent ally of Rome for a short while.
In most of the ancient European societies women had the right to inherit after their men, hence Prestagus’ wife, and his two daughters, had been granted in his will a joint inheritance of the kingdom. Their legitimate rule over the Iceni was to be shared with the then Pagan Rome.
According to Tacitus (Annals, Book 14, 41), Prasutagus hoped that this token of submission would put his kingdom and his house out of the reach of wrong.
It was however habitual for Rome to annex the territories and enslave the people of its client kings after their death, and so after Prasutagus’ death the entire land of the Iceni became annexed to Rome. To publicly humiliate the royal family, Boudiccawas publicly flogged, and her two daughters raped by racially inferior mediterranean Roman soldiers.
As a widowed mother of two dishonoured young women, Boudicca had nothing to lose and nothing to protect, but the land and the good name of her family.
She physically could not fulfil her natural role anymore- she could not protect her house from the inside because her house was no more. Therefore, Boudicca went beyond the natural role of her gender- similarly to the god Odin who reached for the hidden knowledge of Seiðr (traditionally a feminine magical sphere). Inspired by Arminius- the prince of the Cherusci who had driven the Romans out of Germany in AD 9- the Iceni queen led her tribe against the Roman occupiers.
The speech of Boudicca, reconstructed by Tacitus in Book 14 of his Annals:
'But now, it is not as a woman descended from noble ancestry, but as one of the people that I am avenging lost freedom, my scourged body, the outraged chastity of my daughters. Roman lust has gone so far that not our very person, nor even age or virginity, are left unpolluted. But 'heaven' (Tacitus's word) is on the side of a righteous vengeance; a legion which dared to fight has perished; the rest are hiding themselves in their camp, or are thinking anxiously of flight. They will not sustain even the din and the shout of so many thousands, much less our charge and our blows. If you weigh well the strength of the armies, and the causes of the war, you will see that in this battle you must conquer or die. […].'
In AD 60 or 61, while the current governor of Rome, Gaius Suetonius Paulinus, led a campaign against the isle of Mona- a sacred stronghold of the druids*, the Iceni were joined by Trinobantes, and Boudicca was assured her position of their leader.
* This is how Tacitus describes the defenders of the isle of Mona :
On the shore stood the opposing army with its dense array of armed warriors, while between the ranks dashed women, in black attire like the Furies, with hair dishevelled, waving brands. All around, the Druids, lifting up their hands to heaven, and pouring forth dreadful imprecations, scared our soldiers by the unfamiliar sight, so that, as if their limbs were paralysed, they stood motionless, and exposed to wounds [Annals, Book 14, 30;
Camulodunum (modern Colchester), Boudicca’s first target, once the capital of Trinobantians, was a Roman colonia (a settlement of discharged Roman soldiers) and the capital city of Roman Britain.
Cassius Dio says in his epitome that: before the attack, Boudicca had taken the divine form of Andraste, a 'British' goddess of victory, and released a hare from the folds of her clothing, revealing the direction in which to go.
Auspiciously, Boudicca’s name means victory, and 'Queen Victoria' was her namesake.
Two hundred Roman auxiliary troops sent by procurator Catus Decianus were insufficient to protect the colonia, people of which execrated the occupiers for using the city’s assets to erect a temple of the former emperor Claudius, which, as reported by Tacitus (Annals, Book 14, 31), "served as a pungent reminder of perpetual tyranny the original people of Camulodunum were subjected to".
Boudicca's 100,000 strong army destroyed the complacently defended Camulodunum, and besieged the last defenders in the hated Roman temple for two days before it finally fell. Quintus Petillius Cerialis- the future governor of Britain, who at the time served as legate of the Ninth Hispanic Legion- attempted to relieve the city, but was defeated by Boudicca’s army in The Massacre of the Ninth Legion, where 80% of the inferior Roman soldiers perished in battle.
After nearly having the entirety of his forces annihilated, Quintus Petillius Cerialis escaped with what was left of his soldiers, to join Suetonius Paulinus, the same governor who took the isle of Mona from the druids.
"All else was plundered or fired in the onslaught; the temple where the soldiers had assembled, was stormed after a two days' siege. The victorious enemy met Petilius Cerialis, commander of the ninth legion, as he was coming to the rescue, routed his troops, and destroyed all his infantry. Cerialis escaped with some cavalry into the camp, and was saved by its fortifications." Tacitus: Annals, Book 14, 32
Boudicca meanwhile marched to Londinium, modern day London, which at the time was a young yet significant commercial settlement, and easily conquered another city.
The final target of the Britons was the city of Verulamium, situated near today’s St Alban, under Roman occupation having a status of municipium. Suetonius’ forces were held back by their commander Poenius Postumus who feared to face the deadly red haired beauty and her, as assessed by Dio, 200,000 warriors. Roman written record, as well as the black layer of ash recorded by the archaeologists, serves as testimony to yet another scorched victory of Boudicca’s pagan army.
About seventy thousand citizens and allies, it appeared, fell in the places which I have mentioned. For it was not on making prisoners and selling them, or on any of the barter of war, that the enemy was bent, but on slaughter, on the gibbet, the fire and the cross, like men soon about to pay the penalty, and meanwhile snatching an instant vengeance. Tacitus: (Annals, Book 14)
Boudicca finally met Suetonius in her last battle, the location of which remains unknown until this day.
The Britons were followed by their women and children, which suggests that they attempted to return to East Anglia when encountered by the Roman troops. The Romans under Suetonius had, according to Tacitus, a superior strategic position:
‘’approached by a narrow defile, closed in at the rear by a forest’’
Tacitus: (Annals, Book 14, 34),
Boudicca suffered a defeat. Because of Boudicca’s tactical genius, and the fear she and her army invoked in the Roman soldiers, Caesar (Emperor) Nero considered withdrawing his forces from Britain permanently.
Tacitus- the most notable and honest Roman historian of the time- as well as Cassius Dio reports that Boudicca was of royal blood.
"possessed of greater intelligence than often belongs to women" Cassius Dio: epitome of Book 62
She was tall and her red hair reached below her waist. Moreover, Dio describes her voice as harsh and her glare as piercing, and says that Boudicca wore a large golden necklace (potentially symbolic of Brisingamen), a coloured tunic, and a thick cloak fastened by a brooch.
This very intelligence described by Dio, combined with physical perfection, ferocity and the love of her family, powered by the crushing emptiness of loss and shame, gave light to Boudicca’s Genius- the spark of the Divine, shining through her piercing glare and charismatic voice. Boudicca is a heroine, because - out of sheer necessity- she went beyond her natural and traditional role of a Queen, a Wife and a Mother.
Using her strength and her wisdom, she fought for the honour of her kinsmen, for the good name of her husband, for the beauty of her land, and for the lost virginity of her daughters to a lower group (mediterranean Romans). Men of the time understood the simple fact that, in case of their failure to protect the households from the outside, their women were wise and strong enough to leave the private kingdoms of their homes in order to avenge their husbands’ death and protect the safety of their children; in order for their homes not to perish from the surface of their homeland. Women could protect the good name of their husbands after death, and ensure the survival of the progeny in order to preserve the bloodline.
Northern European men need their women. Northern European men cherish their women.
Female characters in the Norse Sagas and Eddas (goddesses such as Freyja, Sif, Frigg and, obviously, the Valkyries and Norns) are praised for their beauty, and for their wisdom.
Beauty in form, mind and character, an expression of genetics and natural perfection made them a subject of their husbands’ eternal desire.
Wisdom in turn, made them worthy allies and counsellors. Hence, the vote which the man of the family gave at the þing (Thing) was also a vote of his wife, whom he adored and respected.
This is why, even in modern Norway, the husband is frequently called ektemann ("real/true man") and the wife- ektekone ("real/true woman").
Women’s beauty and wisdom, combined with their men’s honour and strength, made family a sacred and vital unit.
Only together were they full. Only together were they Divine.
If they could not be together, the natural order was broken, and individuals, such as Boudicca, were made to elevate themselves to Divine forms combining both masculine and feminine qualities, just as Odin did when he pierced himself upon a spear to hang from the branch of Yggdrasil, the tree of life for 9 days and nights in search for the Runes.
It is vital to remember that the heroic ethos is always perpetrated with the motif of tragedy. Boudicca would have given a lot not to be made to leave the safety of the inside of her house, not to have her daughters raped, not to become humiliated in front of her people, on the surface of her own soil; she would have given a lot for the privilege of looking after her home, educating her children, keeping the keys of the house (a very honourable role which belonged to women in the Northern societies), managing the finances of the family, weaving and sewing to give her children and her man the food and the clothing they needed to survive. She would have given a lot for a chance to remain a wife and a mother, rather than a ruthless military leader pushed to total-war by the tragedy which dishonoured her family and her people.
We, the daughters of Europe must embrace European values and also unleash in ourselves our inner Boudicca, to avoid and prevent attrocities against our race.
We must understand strength in order to be prepared for the harsh times to come. Storm clouds are gathering above the roofs of our households and must for our nations to survive.
History tends to repeat itself in the least expected moments ,when all hope seems lost, then comes victory, so we need to be aware of the fact that, some day in the future, heavy rains may fall down upon us, seeking to destroy the shelter of our roofs and our sacred Northern European blood itself.
We must embrace wisdom to finally take a conscious voice in the life of our societies, and to focus on the matters which are truly important, whilst also being rooted in our nature.
European women are masters of multi-tasking, Freyjia was a Goddess of fertility and motherhood but also of War, let this era prove us to be master-womankind!
Wisdom can be easily killed in its very embryo by such modern-world distractions as careerism, consumerism, pop-culture and nihilism of excessive social life. Women in the Eddas and Sagas are inseparably related to magic (Seiðr) or, in other words, to the hidden knowledge. Similarly, Boudicca shared the divine qualities of the goddess Andraste and, by releasing the hare, possessed the knowledge hidden to others.
Modern European women must reach for this hidden wisdom and pass it on to their children. Children need their mothers to become full human beings, not merely part-time carers lost somewhere in between their workplace, their home and a shopping centre.
Furthermore, we must understand honour by not engaging into fortuitous short-term relationships with random men, but by choosing lifetime noble-blooded Northern European partners carefully, in order to preserve the beauty, health and strength of our European children; in order to preserve the very survival of our people.
Finally, we must embrace beauty by choosing a tunic and a golden brooch instead of unnecessarily provocative and cheap outfits which modern day females are being manipulated into wearing. Also covert ballistic jackets may be a sensible insurance policy for those in dangerous areas. We must embrace beauty by enhancing our gaze with the spark of the Divine, rather than with an animal-tested eye-shadow and false eye-lashes.
We must embrace beauty by turning our voice gentle where possible, and harsh when needed.
Slogans such as “provocative outfit/behaviour does not increase the chances of rape”, “do what you want” or “a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle” along with the popularisation of careerism and substance abuse among women, are tools purposefully designed to lower contemporary women’s morale, to make us as busy as possible, as narcissistic as possible, as thoughtless as possible, and as vulnerable as possible, resulting in the low birth-rate, high death rate and lower life quality, as an intrinsic part to the attack that is being waged against our folk.
We are the vital link in the chain of the generations and we shall not break.
Those who want to draw our attention away from the pressing political and economical problems of today’s world laugh with delight, when they see thousands of women marching in so- called “slut walks”, fighting for their “right” to wear mini- skirts or 'femen' protests.
Let’s forever shut those deceitful mouths by marching the streets of Europe as wise Germanic Queens, as caring Nordic Mothers, as loving Sisters and as proud Daughters of Europe.
Let's ensure the creation and existence of our families. Let’s fight for the freedom and safety of our families. Let’s fight for our existence and eternal inheritance
These are the matters worth fighting for, this is our greatest fight and our most noble objective, this is our test.
We, the Daughters of Europe, must once again become the highest part of the natural order.