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Celtic Warrior If I'm slain, if I'm not to be on earth or in your arms anymore, if the light is never to be in my eyes or the darkness on my hips . . . then I shall come gently to this new way to absorb all your winters into the fires of my soul. Where will I end? Where is there a final place for me to bury my mind? Perhaps there are no arms loving enough to embrace the sadness of my thoughts. But then . . . if I am not slain at all, if I come through only bloodied but sane, then I shall come to you as a brute, not a girl; I shall take you roughly and we shall both continue and continue the great noise of us as we herald our lives.
The Roman historian, Ammeanus Marcellinus, wrote that Celtic women followed their men into battle, taking an energetic part in the melee. An axiom of the times was a Celtic man and his wife could hold off an entire troop of Roman soldiers. It was not recorded however if women went naked into battle as the men did. In the Celtic world, women possessed equal rights with men, and could inherit land and wealth. Women could be elected to any office and also be admitted to war councils.
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