Sunday, February 26, 2012
When Leif Ericson explored the coast of Newfoundland around 1000 AD, one of those accompanying him was his tempestuous half-sister, Freydis Eiriksdottir. During an attack by indigenous Native Americans, the Vikings retreated to a more defensible position, but Freydis - who was pregnant at the time - couldn’t keep up, and continuously berated her kinsmen for running away. With the attackers closing in on her, she picked up a dead man’s sword and turned to face them. Dropping her tunic, she slapped her naked breasts with the sword and screamed challenges, daring them to attack her. Terrified, they ran away.