An in-depth lavishly illustrated exploration into women's role in the martial sphere of Viking culture. This pioneering and beautifully illustrated monograph provides an in-depth exploration of women's associations with the martial sphere of life in the Viking Age. The multifarious motivations and circumstances that led women to engage in armed conflict or other activities whereby weapons served as potent symbols of prestige and empowerment are illuminated and interpreted through an interdisciplinary approach to medieval literature and archaeological evidence from Scandinavia and the wider Viking world. Additional cross-cultural excursions into the lives and legends of female warriors in other past and present cultural milieus ? from the Asiatic steppes to the savannas of Africa and European battlefields ? lead to a nuanced understanding of the idea of the armed woman and its embodiments in Norse literature, myth and archaeological reality.