Friday, January 30, 2015

Polearms Prevent Rape

I recently had the pleasure to discover the Skyllitzes Matritensis, an illustrated manuscript that chronicles the history of the Byzantine Empire from the early 800s to mid-1000s AD. One image caught my interest. Upon further research, I learned what it's all about. This woman is stabbing a Varangian (Viking/Germanic guards of the Emperor) for trying to rape her. His buddies feel so bad about what he did that they present her with a fine, expensive cloth afterward. Perhaps if more women and girls carried seven-foot-polearms around, rape statistics would drop dramatically. Hats off to this ancient lady for knowing how to handle herself. Inspiring stuff!

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