Peace-Weavers and Shield Maidens

By Kathleen Herbert,

Book cover of Peace-Weavers and Shield Maidens: Women in Early English Society

Book description

An account of the earliest Englishwomen; the part they played in the making of England, what they did in peace and war, the impressions they left in Britain and on the continent, how they were recorded in chronicles and how they come alive in heroic verse and jokes.

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1 author picked Peace-Weavers and Shield Maidens as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

I first came across this short book when researching for stories set in the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria. Kathleen Herbert, (herself a historical novelist) provided not only excellent information, but also a practical vision of the period specifically from a woman’s point of view. It is easy to read and presents the information in an accessible way; perhaps one of the earliest books focussed on women’s history.

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