International Women's Day

Discussion in 'The War Room' started by fallable, Mar 8, 2018.

  1. fallable

    fallable Brown Belt

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2006
    Messages:
    4,129
    Likes Received:
    1,493
    In honor of international women's day, I thought it would be fitting to make a thread in which we each offer a female figure from history that we admire and that we believe impacted world events.

    I offer up the former Danish Queen, Thyra Dannebod, the Pride of Denmark (Danebod means pride of Denmark). Thyra married Gorm the Old, the first historically recognized King of Denmark. She also fathered the famous Viking King, Harold Bluetooth.

    The reason Thyra is a famous queen and stands on her own is her involvement in the building of a fortification known as the Danevirke ("earth work of the Danes") in what is now Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. The story goes that the the Holy Roman Emperor, Otto I, was trying to court Thyra and she led him on for a year so that the Danes could buy the time needed to build the the fortification and defend the kingdom from their Saxon foes to the south. New archeological evidence shows that the Danevirke existed long before Thyra was born so it is believed it was expanded and enlarged and fortified with timbers and a ditch during her time.

    The Danish historian Arild Huitfeldt wrote in his Chronicles of the Kingdom of Denmark: "Then summons Queen Thyra, wife of Gorm the Old, Danes from all the kingdom's regions to meet at the border and under her supervision they built a wall of earth and timber from Slien over the moors to Trene. The Scanians received the Western section from Karlegat to Trene. Zealanders and Funen dwellers received the section east from Slien to Karlegat. Jutlanders provided provisions to the whole army.

    The Danes would man the Danevirke many times throughout history in their defense.

    Over the years conflicting accounts, dubious assertions, and archeological evidence has cast doubt on various aspects of Thyras life and story. I don't know that anybody knows for sure what importance her contribution to the Danevike played in Denmarks history or defense. It was started long before her birth and was being revamped long after her death. What isn't in question is the link and the association between Thyra and the Danevirke, even if their are questions about the legend behind the story. I believe Thyra rose to the defense of her kingdom and her people against the threats from abroad.

    The Danevirke has become a symbol for the Danish people and the idea that they are a unique people with a unique culture and history.

    Thyra ordering the building of the Danevirke

    [​IMG]

    Danevirke today

    [​IMG]

    Thyras runestone

    [​IMG]


    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thyra

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danevirke

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gorm_the_Old
     
    S-dot, Kalitaur and A.S. Deep like this.
  2. Amerikuracana

    Amerikuracana Titanium Belt

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2007
    Messages:
    39,462
    Likes Received:
    9,778
    Location:
    Macomb mi
    And then there's Maude..
     
  3. Devout Pessimist

    Devout Pessimist Flawed and Foolish

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2011
    Messages:
    29,781
    Likes Received:
    23,145
  4. Cake4Breakfast

    Cake4Breakfast Gold Belt

    Joined:
    May 25, 2008
    Messages:
    16,816
    Likes Received:
    7,030
    Location:
    The Bustle In Your Hedge Row
    fallable likes this.
  5. Phr3121

    Phr3121 Yellow Card Yellow Card Platinum Member

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2017
    Messages:
    4,386
    Likes Received:
    3,471
    Location:
    Oklahoma
    When is 'International Men's Day'?

    ...oh, here it is: International Men's Day (IMD) is an annual international event celebrated every year on November 19th.
     
    MMA MASTER, Cerebus and A.S. Deep like this.
  6. irish_thug

    irish_thug Steel Belt

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2007
    Messages:
    28,189
    Likes Received:
    31,953
    Location:
    In a drunken stupor
    Also: Steak and blow job day is March 14th.
     
  7. Phr3121

    Phr3121 Yellow Card Yellow Card Platinum Member

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2017
    Messages:
    4,386
    Likes Received:
    3,471
    Location:
    Oklahoma
    Joan of Arc
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
    fallable likes this.
  8. spin_

    spin_ Silver Belt

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2008
    Messages:
    13,535
    Likes Received:
    7,741
  9. Kalitaur

    Kalitaur Blue Belt

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2013
    Messages:
    538
    Likes Received:
    1,795
    [​IMG]

    Marie Skłodowska Curie (7 November 1867 – 4 July 1934)
    A Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and only woman to win twice, the only person to win a Nobel Prize in two different sciences, and was part of the Curie family legacy of five Nobel Prizes. She was also the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris, and in 1995 became the first woman to be entombed on her own merits in the Panthéon in Paris.

    Her achievements included the development of the theory of radioactivity (a term that she coined), techniques for isolating radioactive isotopes, and the discovery of two elements, polonium and radium. Under her direction, the world's first studies into the treatment of neoplasms were conducted using radioactive isotopes. She founded the Curie Institutes in Paris and in Warsaw, which remain major centres of medical research today. During World War I, she developed mobile radiography units to provide X-ray services to field hospitals.

    Marie Curie died in 1934, aged 66, at a sanatorium in Sancellemoz (Haute-Savoie), France, of aplastic anemia from exposure to radiation in the course of her scientific research and in the course of her radiological work at field hospitals during World War I.
     
    fallable likes this.
  10. Tropodan

    Tropodan Red Belt Platinum Member

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2014
    Messages:
    8,118
    Likes Received:
    6,963
    Location:
    Canada eh!
    elizabeth-i.jpg
     
    fallable likes this.
  11. Tropodan

    Tropodan Red Belt Platinum Member

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2014
    Messages:
    8,118
    Likes Received:
    6,963
    Location:
    Canada eh!
    This isn't a trans discussion....Ok man....
     
  12. RollsRoyceGracie

    RollsRoyceGracie Banned Banned

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2018
    Messages:
    395
    Likes Received:
    691
    Location:
    Fresno

Share This Page