…modern for you then why not look up the Anglo Saxons? Try first the brilliant and informative website of Penelope Walton Rogers, Visiting Fellow in archaeology at York University. Find her at www.aslab.co.uk
There were some satisfyingly strong women around, to name but one, Hild of Whitby. King Alfred’s daughter was also tough enough to run Mercia for seven years without a husband wielding his sword. Whose your favourite Anglo-Saxon woman? Come to that, whose your favourite Anglo-Saxon man?