2000 years ago, Celtic girls and boys from wealthy families were trained to become warriors, so they could defend their lands, herds, and other assets. Celtic tribes were constantly ready for battle. The Irish epic, The Cattle Raid of Cooley, pits Queen Maeve of Connaught and her army against the super-hero Cuchulain of Ulster. Maeve’s adventures cross over from myth to history. After Caesar was in Britain, the warrior-queen Boudicca (30-61 CE) of the Iceni tribe almost drove the Romans out of Britain. In Ireland, pirate-queen Grace O’Malley (1530-1603) harassed the navies of Elizabeth I, France and Spain. Believe it … because it’s true!
Maya Sutton, Ph.D. is a Celtic mythology professor and author; dual citizen with Ireland.
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