Celtic Women Warriors

Celtic Women Warriors-Famous Celtic heroines in history.  Pictures of Celtic females with swords and axes.

Celtic women

Women were highly honored, female symbolism formed the most sacred images in the religious cosmos, and the relationship with motherhood was the central elements of the social fabric the society was held together by common allegiance to the customs of the tribe loosely organized around the traditions of the goddess”

Plutarch about Celtic women warriors

“Here the women met them holding swords and axes in their hands. With hideous shrieks of rage they tried to drive back the hunted and the hunters. The fugitives as deserters, the pursuers as foes. With bare hands the women tore away the shields of the Romans or grasped their swords, enduring mutilating wounds.

Famous Celtic women warriors and horoines in history

Bouddicca (or Bodiecia, Bouddica, Voadica, Voada) was the widow of King Prasutagus of the Iceni (a Client King of Rome). She was regent for her two daughters who inherited half of the kingdom, while the other half was given to Rome. The Romans objected to being given only half of the kingdom and provoked a revolt in 61AD. According to Tacitus, Suetonius, the general who finally defeated Bouddicca, told his troops that “in their ranks there are more women than fighting men.” Boudicca was eventually defeated and according to the Roman chronicler, Dio Cassius, the Britons gave her “a costly burial”.

Queen Scathach
, The mythical queen of Skye trained the hero CúChulainn.

Aoife (Aife of Alba or Aifa), the mother of CúChulainn’s son was also a warrior.

Cartimandua, Queen of the Brigantes was a Client Queen of Rome, that is an ally of the Romans occupying Britain, possibly from 43AD. When her consort Venutius rebelled against her the Romans sent troops to help her keep her throne. Although Roman law was generally very much against the idea of women as rulers the Romans in Britain obviously took a more pragmatic approach and accepted established British Matriarchies.

Guinevere (Guenevere, or Guenievre, or Guenhumare or Ginevra) – famous Celtic or Roman wife of King Arthur and lover of Lancelot.

Pictures of Celtic women warriors

Celtic Women-Queen Boudicca
Celtic Women-Queen Boudicca

Keira Knightley as Guinevere in King Arthur
Keira Knightley as Guinevere in King Arthur

Olga Kurylenko as Etain in Centurion
Olga Kurylenko as Etain in Centurion

Celtic and Roman Swords


  1. I like your website and comments and pictures of Celtic women. It was Celtic heriones who inspired me when I wrote my historical novel, THE SIGN OF THE EAGLE. It is a story about the Celtic woman, Macha, who is married to an officer in the Roman army. He is wrongfully accused of treason. As a Celtic Macha was use having nearly equal rights to men, but in the Roman world women are treated as little more than chattel. It is in the context of that situation where she clashes with Roman customs that she has to nearly single-handedly prove her husband’s innocence. For more about the story and to view a portrait of Macha, go to my website jessstevenhughes.com

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