Transgender vikings ransacked Britain more than 1,000 years ago, historians claim
TRANSGENDER Vikings ransacked Britain more than 1,000 years ago, historians believe.
The fearsome Norse warriors were thought to be red-blooded males — but that traditional notion has been thrown into doubt.
Historians believe transgender vikings ransacked Britain more than 1,000 years ago[/caption]
A tenth-century burial site in Sweden believed to hold a male fighter turned out to have a female skeleton inside.
Neil Price, archaeology professor at Sweden’s Uppsala University, claimed they may “have been transgender . . . or non-binary, or gender fluid”.
In a new book, he said: “We think the most likely explanation is that this was a female warrior but there are other ways of reading this. It may have been someone who, in our terms, was a trans man, someone living as a man.”
Vikings first invaded Britain in the late eighth century, with their final raid coming in 1066.
They were barred from breaking gender norms of behaviour and dress.
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But Prof Price believes the burial find proves some broke the rules. He added: “The Vikings [are likely to] have had as sophisticated a sense of their identities as we do.”
He was backed by Amy Jefford Franks, who presents the Vikings Are Gay! podcast.
The academic said: “My view is that there were transgender Vikings and there were queer Vikings and that, while it was not widespread, it was on the fringes of acceptable culture.”
A tenth-century burial site in Sweden believed to hold a male fighter turned out to have a female skeleton inside[/caption]
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