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Aethelflaed: The Last Kingdom’s Warrior Queen Who Conquered The Vikings

The Lady of Mercians was able to bring the Northmen to heel but her name has somehow been forgotten in most history books.

It takes a strong woman to break the glass ceiling. Aethelflaed was a woman ahead of her time as she rallied the Mercian army to defeat Viking invaders. However, Alfred the Great’s brave daughter is usually left out from the history books. Nevertheless, the powerful portrayal of the Warrior Queen in The Last Kingdom could shed light on Aethelflaed’s contribution to England.

Aethelflaed grew up at a time when her father Alfred the Great was struggling with the Viking invasion. Her rough childhood allowed her to be independent and wise about using her power. She married Aethelred to unite Wessex and Mercia then immediately joined her husband in the fight against the Northmen. She took part in treaties and military campaigns although she was a woman.

The Lady of the Mercians is depicted as a powerful ruler who led her army to defeat the Norsemen who invaded England.

It wasn’t an easy job but Aethelflaed and Aethelred managed to take England back little by little. The Warrior Queen was by her husband’s side when they fought the Vikings at the Battle of Wednesfield. After Aethelred’s death, she became a true ruler and was named the Lady of the Mercians.

Aethelflaed demonstrated her power by refusing to remarry. She single-handedly forced the Viking invaders in Derby, Leicester, and York to follow her command. Still, history favors a powerful male ruler so she was pushed aside from most books. Nevertheless, Aethelflaed’s story inspires women of younger generations to always stand their ground.

Millie Brady portrays Aethelflaed in ‘The Last Kingdom’ where the Lady of the Mercians is expected to rise to power in Season 3.

Aethelflaed appears in the BBC 2 series The Last Kingdom, which is based on Bernard Cornwell’s The Saxon Stories. The character will play a major role in the show now that Netflix has confirmed a third season.

Gloucester has not forgotten about the Lady of the Mercians. The city recently celebrated the 1,100 anniversary of Aethelflaed’s death.

Watch as thousands of people honor the late ruler in an amazing mock funeral procession around Gloucester.

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Russia’s Psychic Cat Achilles Correctly Predicts World Cup Opening Game Winner

But can he predict the 2018 FIFA World Cup champion?

The new Nostradamus might be an adorable furry critter. A sweet Russian cat has been chosen to predict the outcome of the first game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. It may seem hard to believe but the feline was spot on with his prediction.

Achilles is already a modern day prophet. After all, the cat correctly predicted most of the results in last year's Confederate Cup in Russia. Nevertheless, people wondered if the adorable feline will manage to prophesy what would happen in this year's World Cup opening game. Achilles had to choose between Russia and Saudi Arabia, and managed to predict the motherland's stunning victory.

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Dog Interrupts MLB Baseball Game, Gets Rewarded With A Ball And A New Friend

The pooch thought the baseball team was trying to play fetch with her!

One lucky dog had a truly awesome day at the park. A young German Shepherd got to watch a Minor League Baseball game with her owner. In addition to that, the pooch got to play a game of fetch and made a new friend. She also went home with a ball and won the hearts of many fans.

The MLB team Tulsa Drillers recently had a Bark at the Park Night when they went up against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. The event allows fans to bring their dogs to the field while the NWA infielders were warming up. One pooch noticed that the players were throwing a ball around. The excited German Shepherd immediately broke away from her owner and dashed to join the baseball players.

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Artist Shares Emotional Comic About Finding Your Childhood Bully After Many Years

This is how bullying can haunt your life for years and years to come…

If you’ve ever been bullied as a child, you know the effects can stay with you for a long time. Harsh words and deeds can really scar the soul and there’s always the possibility that you’ll never forget the bad experience way into your adult years.

This is exactly what Meghan Lands has been through and she accurately captured how it feels like in a short comic. Now an artist, Meghan has “spent the last 20 years trying to forget her first 10.”

Despite that, the Canada-based illustrator recently took the time to look for her bully on Facebook and it made her realize and remember many things. Needless to say, it has been an emotional rollercoaster for her.

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