Higgins Armory Museum celebrates women warriors
Worcester – The Higgins Armory Museum celebrates women warriors, including formidable Celtic Queen Boudica, famous for her campaigns against the tyrannical Roman Empire, and Catalina de Erauso, a 17th-century Spanish woman who led the rough-andready life of a soldier.
Programs featured in the coming weeks at the Higgins Armory include:
Celtic Warrior Arms and Armor Show — an exciting interactive demonstration exploring the Celts and their battle techniques. Saturday March 27, 11:30 a.m.
Boudica — Queen Boudica of the Celts is one of the great forgotten women of history. A costumed role-player tells the story of how Boudica raised an army to fight the Romans in first-century Britain. Saturday March 27, 12:30 p.m.
Catalina de Erauso: Woman Warrior in the New World — known as the “Nun’s Lieutenant,” 17th century legend Catalina de Erauso left a nunnery at age 15. This lecture discusses her adventures as she sailed halfway around the world, disguised as a man, to New Spain, where she enlisted as a soldier. Saturday March 27, 2 p.m.
Live Arms and Armor Show — This interactive program covers the history of armor, from its evolution as mail to plate armor to its disappearance, then modern reappearance on the battlefield. Volunteers from the audience may help with the demonstration. Sunday March 28, 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.
Women in Viking Times — Viking women were the most respected women of their time. A Viking warrior puts down his weapons to discuss the feminine side of Viking life, how Viking families lived, and the role of women in Viking society. Saturday April 3, 11 a.m.
Historic Combat Demonstration — Have at you! Witness the subtle skills of attack, parry, and grapple, as the Higgins Armory Sword Guild brings to life the knightly arts of the sword and buckler, dagger, longsword, rapier, and halberd, revived from the long-lost words of medieval masters, as the Sword Guild recreates a medieval combat school. Saturday April 3, 1 and 3 p.m.
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