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Frua Aelfwynn of Seaxna Rice (Anglo-Saxons) by Gambargin Frua Aelfwynn of Seaxna Rice (Anglo-Saxons) by Gambargin
A concept re-drawing of the original Anglo-Saxon Woman Warrior of the Historically Wrong Sketch Series: Medieval Revisited which is a recreation of the original HWS series based on the  AD 800 - AD 1400 era of warfare. Seaxna Rice represents the Anglo-Saxon faction in the series, which is roughly based on the Anglo-Saxon England before the Norman Invasion in the 11th Century. Though, it could be compared to the historical Wessex and Mercia.

Inspired by the Music - Drums of Odin - War of Vikings OST (Thanks Sebistara :iconsebistara: for the recommendation :D!)


INTRODUCTION

Before the Normans landed in the shores of England in 1066, the land was ruled by ferocious and proud Germanic people called the Anglo-Saxons. These Anglo-saxons themselves were not native to the land, rather, they originated from the migration of some of the powerful continental germanic tribes during the Migration era. These included the Saxons of northern Germany & Holland, Angles from the land of Angeln located south of Danish peninsula and Jutes from Jutland.While the migration process of these germanic people to britain was still under scholarly studies, the first migration may have takne place just before the fall of Roman Britannia during the 5th century AD.  Centuries of intercultural interactions with the remnants of Roman Briton, as well as the neighboring celts, lead to the foundation of several Anglo-saxon kingdoms that fought for the supremacy of England, some of which included Northumbria, Mercia and finally Wessex. The Viking invasion in the 9-10th century eventually paved a way for the consolidation of power under the Wessex hegemony, giving birth to the Kingdom of England that stood until it was conquered in 1066 by another invader from the European continent, the Norman


DRAWING COMMENTARIES

Just like their Scandinavian and other Germanic brethren, the Anglo-saxon society were more or less similar, though unlike their pagan cousin from Scandinavia, the Anglo-saxon converted to christiany much earlier. In the case of Women Warriors, the Anglo-saxons had quite a few women who held position of power, leading their men to battle and possibly taking part in the combat themselves. One example would be Aethelflaed of Mercia, sister of Edward the Elder of Wessex. What's interest‌ing is that, history rarely mentioned Aethelflaed contribution towards helping her brother in defeating the danes and uniting the Anglo-saxons, as opposed to say, the more famous viking shieldmaidens in their scandinavian sagas. The reason was pretty simple, the chroniclers wanted to assert political dominance of Wessex rather than mercia, so Aethelflaed was only briefly mentioned

Nevertheless, this drawing represent my first attempt at drawing a combat scenery with multiple characters to give a much more dynamism and visual effect to enhance the image of the woman warrior. In this drawing, Lady Aelfwynn is drawn in heavy armor, which include mail shirt byrne and fur cloak. Her helmet is a stylized vendel helm with a boar figure, following the design of Benty Grange helmet; do bear in mind that the extensive decoration on the helmet would suit more for ceremonial purpose, rather than combat. Her armament incudes spear (which was commonly used), a rather small circular shield, as well as a decorated Anglo-saxon sword based on the burial findings. Judging by her equipment, she would have been quite wealthy and physically fit to be able to afford and fight with such heavy and expensive attires

As for her retainer portrayed in the background, he is wearing the famous suton hoo helmet, again, richly decorated, though wether or not it was suitable for close combat or merely ceremonial, is a matter of debate. Their oppenents are portayed as the Scandinavian viking, with one man using the well-known visor gjermundbu helmet, while the other, wears a typical germanic cap. All of these may not necessarily be historically accurate, but it does give an imagery of an anglo-saxon women warrior jumping into the heat of battle :D

REFERENCES AND OTHER RELATED MEDIA

Maybe related to the following:

The Original Anglo-Saxon Woman Warrior Drawing

Lady Aelfwynn of Seaxna Rice (Anglo-Saxons) by Gambargin

And Her Adversaries: The Vikings and the Normans

 Gunnhildr Freysdottir of Vikingrunionen (Norse) by Gambargin Baronne Aubrey of Duche de Normannie (Norman) by Gambargin

A Part of the Historically Wrong Sketch Series: Medieval Revisited - You can find more on the various faction on the map here:

HWS Medieval Revisited - Faction Map v.1.32 by Gambargin
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:iconhelevornart:
HelevornArt Featured By Owner May 21, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Such a dynamic pose! I absolutely love those Anglo-Saxon helmets! And her torn and blood-stained dress is an awesome touch!
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner May 21, 2016
Thank you! Anglo-Saxons are quite popular here , second only to the vikings =P
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BricksandStones Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2016
I like how dynamic and full of spirit this one is - well done!
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner May 21, 2016
Thank you :)
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:iconlydia-san:
lydia-san Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*gasp*
amazing!
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2016
:D:D
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:iconsebistara:
Sebistara Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
>worst shieldwall ever
>legs hurt
>viking scum wont stop raiding
>fyrd useless as shit
>javs wont get out of my body
>shield always breaks
>morale drops fast
>somewhere i here a Seb talking shit
>wish i was back at welsh front beating the shit out of those romano-brit peasants

10/10 would remove vikings like that again
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
"Why does everyone we meet always want to kill us?" - Random quote on Attila.
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:iconsebistara:
Sebistara Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Or sell us his sister?!"
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TheAstronomicon Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Why yes, yes you have done the Saxons. o/
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
Yes Indeed Sir! :D
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:iconmarcator:
Marcator Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016
Am i the only one who find the combo Armor+dress a lot more sexy that some sexy outfit? 
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
You're not the only one buddy, me too :D
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:iconmarcator:
Marcator Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
Haaaa good to read that :D 
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XenoSolii Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Goddammit, I'm becoming That Guy:

Really, she should have her shield up covering her body, because that Viking in bottom left is about to stabinate her right in the gut; stopping that nonsense is what the shield is for! Sure, it probably won't go through the mail, but she'll be doubled over from the impact and open to a finishing stroke.

So yeah, I'm That Guy. Sorry :(
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
HAhahah! You are correct, in terms of practicality, this scene would give her disadvantages. But then again, there's artistic license =P
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:iconmarcator:
Marcator Featured By Owner Edited Mar 6, 2016
Yes but i don't agree with you.

She is way too badass for that viking, and this viking is not enough badass to be allowed to kill her. 


Anyway, good as always Gambargin! 
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aristi1982 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016  Hobbyist
Excellent!
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
:)
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grassa48 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Another marvelous piece of work.
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
Thank you :D
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redda97 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016
Just found your series and read through nearly all of it at once, your art is so good! It's so rare to see this level of attention to detail (and lack of chainmail bikinis) paid to women warriors. Very good. Have you thought about doing a Northumbrian (or general Northern English) warrior woman? We tend to get ignored in this sort of thing, squeezed out by Scotland to the north and the rest of England to the south. Would be really cool.
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
Thank you for the comment and the watch! Glad to hear the compliment, it will keep me motivated for sure! Well, northumbria would still fall under the english culture in the series, although Scottish region will have their representation as Scoto-pict in the medieval series. On the other hand, there will be the border reivers for the 16th-17th century series if that falls within the historical context :D
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redda97 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2016
Thanks for replying! Ah, good to hear about the reivers, anything is nice. Glad I'm keeping you motivated!
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