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Warrior Queen Returns to Tamworth

Jan. 8, 2019

Queen Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians, has a bold new statue in Tamworth. She was chosen by the people as one of their proudest connections, even though ignored by history for centuries.

"How does a ruler defeat bloodthirsty invaders, secure a kingdom and lay the foundations for England - and then almost get written out of history?" this is the question posed by Greig Watson BBC News - and the ( unsurprising )answer? " Be a woman, that's how. Exactly 1,100 years after her death Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians, is emerging from the shadows."

Dr Clare Downham, University of Liverpool,  says: "She never entirely went away, being praised in some medieval chronicles - even if that praise was that she was 'as good as a man'.

"She enjoyed a revival in the reign of Victoria, when female role models, like Boudica, were popular. And today, perhaps women are again looking for strong female role models, and this anniversary more than previous ones may generate greater interest in the role of women in England's past."