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'Brian was too old to lead his troops into [the Battle of Clontarf] and was watching the progress of his forces from a tent...Brodar, a Danish commander, rather than risk crossing the battlefield turned north hoping to...reach the coast, [which] led him directly past...where Brian had his tent. When he realised who was in the tent, he attacked it and killed Brian...as [he] knelt praying. Brian’s body was carried to Swords...he was buried in a stone coffin in what is now St Patrick’s…

The Roman historian Plutarch described a battle in 102 B.C. between Romans and Celts: "the fight had been no less fierce with the women than with the men... the women charged with swords and axes and fell upon their opponents uttering a hideous outcry." Women warriors were common among the native people of Britain. Julius Caesar remarked that it was hard to face the painted tribes people from the North but that their women were even more fearsome and terrible!

Brian Bóruma mac Cennétig (Brian Boru, High King of Ireland) is presented with the head of a slain viking. Painting by Angus McBride:

The Mullamast Stone, from 500-600 in Ireland. There are 4 blade marks on the left side of the stone and 2 deep ones on top, suggesting that the stone was used as part of a 'sword in the stone' kingship ritual from the Arthurian legend. Demonstrates the continuity of Celtic rituals even after the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.