Lagertha, my Women’s Day warrior

Lagertha, my Women’s Day warrior

by Marlies Dekkers

Did you know that Lagertha, my kick-ass Viking heroine and style icon, isn’t just a character in a tv series*? She is an actual historic figure!

This is what they said about her in a 12th-century Danish history book: “Lagertha, though a maiden, had the courage of a man. She fought in front among the bravest. Only her locks flying down her back betrayed that she was a woman.”

I love her story so much that I chose Lagertha to honor on Women’s Day. Her image, a woman warrior, beautiful as a goddess, long hair flowing, sword dripping with blood, has also been my inspiration for the couture set: Earl Lagertha.

With the name, I refer to a specific period in Lagertha’s life. When her second husband (sexually) abused her, Lagertha defended her honour by stabbing him in the eye and getting the guy killed. To finish the job, she took his land and his title and became Earl Lagertha. Speaking of a well-deserved hostile takeover!

For the stunning Earl Lagertha lingerie set I combined feminine lace with leather stirrups as a reference to Lagertha’s excellent horse riding skills. The result is sexy and empowering; the hardcore meets the gentle. Or as Björk, another Nordic heroine of mine, likes to call it: big time sensuality!

*History Channel’s utterly addictive ‘Vikings’

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