They want to find out who these warriors were, warriors who made a real impact on the story. The problem is that you only read half-truths from any information you find. It's like looking for information about people nobody knows about.
And sometimes you wonder if such warriors actually existed. If they were real, it would not be that hard, would it?
But in reality that just means that you have not searched in the right place for their information. Specifically, you searched the wrong place for the information you wanted.
Let's take a look at these historic warriors in a row. Because if you know them, you know what impact they had on the story.
0th Queen Yennenga of the Kingdom of Mossi
During the 12th century, the Kingdom of Dagomba existed in northern Ghana with King Nedega in power. The king had a daughter named Yennenga, so she was a princess. She was loved by her father, the king, who taught her, and she excelled in her ability to handle spears, spears, and bows. She also became an excellent rider.
Her skills on the battlefield were remarkable when she was only 14 years old when she accompanied her father to fight the Malinkes. She was not just a spectator of the war. But she actively participated. She commanded her own battalion, which made her so popular with humans.
Yennenga was such an amazing fighter for the Dagomba kingdom that her father refused to marry when she reached marriageable age. The king was not ready to lose his best fighter and beloved daughter. Her overprotective father did not select a suitable husband to make Yennenga unhappy, which led to a gap between the king and the princess.
She took the matter into her own hands and escaped one night dressed as a man riding a horse. She traveled far to a house of an elephant hunter, who later became her husband. The queen had a son named Ouedraogo and the Mossi Kingdom was born.
Yennenga is considered the mother of the Mossi kingdom in Burkina Faso today. It became a symbol of culture and pride of Burkina Faso, as there are several statues of Queen Yennenga and paintings by her on horseback. The Mossi still live in Burkina Faso today and are the largest ethnic group in the country. This mother of a nation is also one of the great African warriors.
. 9 Queen Arachidamia of Sparta
She was a Spartan queen in the 3rd century BC. , Who was married to King Eudamidas I of Sparta. She was an active queen involved in political activities and events in Sparta.
When the Spartan queen was worried about Sparta's well-being, Pyrrhus conquered countries like Macedonia in the distance. Pyrrhus was considered by most historians only second to Alexander the Great. This general was a skilled tactician and a good swordsman. With his victories he had Sparta in the sights to conquer. His motivation to capture Sparta was fueled by the fact that most of the army had moved to the island of Crete.
Pyrrhus arrived on the outskirts of Sparta with its 27,000-strong army and 24 elephants against Sparta, of which 2,000 men were left. The Spartan men considered sending the women to Crete for their safety. Here, Queen Arachidamia came in front of the Men's Sword as she explained that the Spartan women would not stand by and see their city fall.
The women began to help by digging trenches to keep the elephant movement and wagons acting as barriers. They should also provide food, water and weapons and take care of the wounded. The Spartan men and women together formed a line of defense against the army of Pyrrhus.
The siege of Lacedaemon was a tough fight as Pyrrhu's war tactics failed. A fight that was easy and quick became exhausting for Pyrrhus and his army. Eventually Pyrrhus had to make peace with Sparta, but it was too late when reinforcements arrived and forced him to retreat.
The Queen and the women were true warriors, and Sparta's resilience was evident here. Sparta was considered a great ally, but a deadly enemy. The Spartan women really shaped the story.
. 8 Queen Mandukhai Khatun of the Mongol Empire
Born in 1449 in eastern Mongolia, at the age of 18 she was married to Manduul Khan, who ruled the Mongol Empire from 1473 on. Although Manduul Khan ruled other women They were childless, but Mandukhai Khatun gave birth to two daughters. This made it possible for her to become a favorite wife of the Mongolian imperial king.
Unfortunately, Manduul Khan was assassinated by his advisor in 1479 and left the kingdom without a ruler. Since the Mongolian imperial king had no male heir, there was a power struggle over who Khan will be among the princes of Mongolia and nobles.
This resulted in Queen Mandukhai adopting Khatun Batmunkh, a 7-year-old boy direct descendant of the great Genghis Khan. She explained him as Dayan Khan (Mongolian imperial king), when she served as regent. Queen Mandukhai Khatun was ruler in an empire where there were various warring parties. The empire was not united with the different tribes.
She was a ruler when she participated in the wars that affected the empire. First she went to war against the Oirats in western Mongolia. Their victory over them showed their power and united the Mongol Empire.
When Dayan Khan finally turned 19, Queen Mandukhai Khatun became his wife. Both focused on the Ming Dynasty in China, which tried to thwart the Mongols by bartering with them, and they had killed a Mongol ambassador. In order to stop them and their army, the Ming expanded the Great Wall of China, but this did not stop the Mongols. They raided Ming territory to invade land.
While pregnant with twin sons, the Oirats pushed away again, fighting the Oirats with Dayan Khan and suppressing the uprising. Queen Mandukhai Khatun was literally in the fighting, although she was pregnant and was actually born during the battle.
She was a true warrior queen, the female version of Genghis Khan. In 1510, Queen Mandukhai Khatun died for natural reasons and left a great legacy, as most of her children later became Mongolian khans and nobles.
. 7 Queen Mavia of Arabia
A 4th century Saracen queen, a group of Arab tribes that inhabited parts of Syria and Jordan. She was married to Al-Hawari, king of the Saracens, but later he died without heirs. Therefore, Mavia took power as queen and ruler. She is one of the lesser-known female warriors.
During this time, the Roman Empire was under Emperor Valens in the war against the Goths, which posed a real threat to the empire. As the empire extended from Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, the conquered lands had to provide soldiers to fight in Roman wars. This is the same request that Queen Mavia received from the Romans.
But the Queen was not satisfied with Rome's request and demand for soldiers for their wars. It was a no by their side to the request of the Romans. Here began the rebellion against the Romans, and the queen moved her people from Aleppo into the desert, so that the Romans had no specific target.
She personally formed an army and led her to wars against the Romans. Their use of guerrilla tactics proved successful as the Romans lost on such occasions. Their campaigns and raids in Phenicia and Palestine consolidated their military power and leadership, where their army devastated most cities.
Emperor Valens reacted to this uprising by sending more Roman troops to suppress the resistance. However, this plan did not work because the dispatched troops were defeated with some retreat. The Romans were forced to negotiate with Queen Mavia a peace treaty that secured the survival of their nation and led the powerful Roman Empire to abandon it.
. 6 Queen Artemisia l of Caria
She was born in the 6th century BC. Queen of a Greek city called Halicarnassus (in present-day Turkey), which was allied with the Persians. Artemisia came to power when her husband died and her son Pisindelis was too young to govern.
Artemisia was not only a queen, but also a warrior and naval commander. A brave naval commander who was part of the Persian Navy's fight against the Greeks. When King Xerxes of Persia tried to conquer Greece, she asked Artemisia to join him, and became naval commander, first female commander of the Persian navy.
She was a great and tactical warrior who took King Xerxes advice from her, but the king did not pay attention to her advice against fighting the Greek Navy. She said it was not a wise decision to fight the Greek Navy on her own waters. Although the Battle of Salamis was a defeat for the Persian Navy, Queen Artemisia was brave, and King Xerxes declared:
My men became women and my wives became men.
She was such a threat to the Greeks that a bonus of 10,000 drachmas was laid upon her, whether she was dead or alive. A great asset to the Persians, who asked Xerxes for advice after their defeat at sea. She advised the king to return to Persia, what he respected, and gave her a Greek armor.
A warrior queen who knew how to fight and win wars and was not afraid to tell her truth. She ruled as Queen for 24 years and was a great ally of the Persians. After her death, her son Pisindeli became ruler.
. 5 Rani Laxmibai: The Warrior Queen of Jhansi, India
She was born in 1828 as her father by Moropant Tambe and Bhagirathi Sapre her mother. But unfortunately her mother died when she was only 4 years old, so she was raised and taught by her father. She was an independent girl from childhood and learned archery, horseback riding and sword fighting, which would come in handy later.
In 1842 she was married to the Maharaja of Jhansi, so she became Queen Laxmibai of Jhansi. However, she was widowed in 1853 when the British East India Company tried to control all the kingdoms of India. Because the Maharaja and Laxmibai had not produced his own heir, but had adopted a son, Damodar Rao, as heirs of Jhansi. The British were to take control of any kingdom that did not have an heir, and Laxmibai claimed Damodar Rao was the rightful heir.
In 1857, an Indian uprising against the British began, but the queen was not keen in the fight against the British. She really wanted peace and that Jhansi dominated her. When the British allies Orchha and Datia invaded Jhansi, they realized that the British were not for peace but for war. In fact, she was able to defeat her allies in August 1857.
It followed the insurrection of 1858, during which the British besieged Jhansi, which had been heavily fortified with cannons. Laxmibai managed to push back the British, who tried to climb the walls with ladders. The siege began on March 23, 1858 and the defense was broken on April 2, 1858. The British gained access to Jhansi and participated in street battles in which Queen Laxmibai was forced to flee with her son Damodar Rao, who was strapped to his horse's back.
She fled to the cities of Kalpi and Gwalior, both of which fell to the British. In Gwalior she commanded the Indian troops against the British, where she was wounded and unwilling to be captured by the British. She asked a hermit to burn her body. On June 17, 1858, Queen Laxmibai was dead and her body was cremated by the locals.
She was such a fierce warrior that the British commander in India Sir Hugh Rose declared:
She was notable for her bravery, prudence, and perseverance; Her generosity towards her subordinates was limitless. These qualities combined with her rank made her the most dangerous rebel leader.
Queen Laxmibai is still a symbol of India's fight for independence against the British. She is honored in India with schools, statues and even a women's unit for the Indian army was named after her. She definitely made the list of warriors of India throughout history.
. 4 Queen Yaa Asantewaa of the Ashanti Empire
The Ashanti Empire was in what is today Ghana, which the British had in their sights. Her accession to Queen Yaa Asantewaa came about when her brother died in 1894. As queen, she had a chair that is the symbol of the king or queen. This is what is called the golden stool.
The golden stool was a symbol of the unity of the Ashanti Empire; it was used during the inauguration of a new ruler. But the ruler is not really on it, the ruler sits next to it and it never touches the ground. When the British Imperial official, Sir Frederick Mitchell Hodgson, demanded that he sit on it, it was an insult to the Ashanti Empire and its rulers.
Queen Yaa Asantewaa was angry at the comments of the British official and the Ashanti men contemplating leaving The Golden Stool to the British. She said the following to show her disappointment with the Ashanti men:
If you, the men of Asante, do not carry on, we will do it. I will call my fellow women. We will fight the whites. We will fight until the last of us falls on the battlefield.
The War of the Golden Chair began against the British. She was selected as the one who led the army and became the first and only Asante woman to be a military leader. They besieged Fort Kumasi, where the British were, but were defeated and captured by Queen Yaa Asantewaa. She was, like most African rulers and independence heroes, banished to the Seychelles, where she died in 1921.
Queen Yaa Asantewaa is a symbol of Ghana's independence from the British. She is worshiped in Ghana with school and institutions that have her name. But the British never took possession of the Golden Chair.
. 3 Queen Amanirenas of the Kingdom of Kush
A one-eyed queen who was a warrior who was a thorn in the side of the Romans. Their kingdom was in present-day Sudan and was at war with the Romans who had control of Egypt. Their kingdom was not as powerful or great as the Roman Empire, it was a small kingdom that was adjacent to ancient Egypt.
Ancient Egypt had control of Emperor Augustus after he succeeded in defeating Mark Anthony and Cleopatra. The Cushites attacked with the queen and succeeded in taking control of Syene and Philae, who captured Roman prisoners. Their destruction of Augustus statues and their return to their kingdom with Augustus head was a great humiliation for Rome. By the way, Kaiser August's boss is now in the British Museum.
But these wars led to the death of Queen Amanirena's husband, but Amanirena and her son continued to fight against the Romans. Rome's reaction to this defeat was fierce as they managed to regain the cities they had lost and attack the kingdom of Kush. They captured many people who were sold into slavery.
The Cushitic Queen launched attacks against the Romans with this war, which lasted five (5) years. Peace negotiations were started and peace was agreed upon, leaving the kingdom alone for the Romans. This led to peace between the two parties and Queen Amanirena consolidated her heritage as one of the many female warriors who caused headaches to the powerful Romans.
. 2 Queen Nzinga Mbande of the Kingdom of Ndongo and Matamba
During the 13th century, China Fu Hao was one of the sixty wives of King Wu Ding of the Shang Dynasty, who managed to climb the ranks and eventually assume a military position as a general. This queen of the Shang dynasty became the first Chinese general to command 13,000 troops.
This was not just a title for her as she demonstrated her skills in various wars against neighboring kingdoms, such as the war against the Tu Fang, who is a constant thorn in the Shang dynasty Eye, she managed to defeat them in a single battle. She was so successful in her campaigns that the king gave her a fiefdom land from the territories she had conquered.
She was not only military general, but also a spiritual leader who is the High Priestess. Her role in the Shang dynasty was so great that the military dominance of the kingdom subsided when she died at the age of 33. The story of Queen Fu Hao always seemed like a myth with doubts about the existence of such a warrior. In 1976, however, discoveries were made of the tomb of this queen and general. The well-preserved tomb had bronze, jade and weapons with their personal inscription.