that kingdom of heaven suffered violence, and the violent took it by force.
The truth simply was, that her time had not come.
Physical strength must rule for a time, and she was the weaker.
She was very properly refused a feudal grant, by reason, say “Les Coustumes de Normandie
,” of her unfitness for war or policy: C'est l'homme ki se bast et ki conseile. Other authorities put it still more plainly: “A woman cannot serve the emperor or feudal lord in war, on account of the decorum of her sex; nor assist him with advice, because of her limited intellect; nor keep his counsel, owing to the infirmity of her disposition.”
All which was, no doubt, in the majority of cases, true; and the degradation of woman was simply a part of a system which has, indeed, had its day, but has bequeathed its associations.
From this reign of force, woman never freed herself by force.
She could not fight, or would not. Bohemian annals, to be sure, record the legend of a literal war between the sexes, in which the women's army was led by Libussa and Wlasla, and which finally ended with the capture, by the army of men, of Castle Dziewin, Maiden
's Tower, whose ruins are still visible near Prague
The armor of Libussa is still shown at Vienna
; and the guide calls attention to the long-peaked toes of steel, with which he avers, the tender Princess
was wont to pierce the hearts of her opponents, while careering through the battle.
And there are abundant instances in which women have fought side by side with men, and on equal terms.
The ancient British women mingled in the wars of their husbands, and their princesses were trained to the use of arms in the Maiden's Castle
, in the Isle of Skye
The Moorish wives and maidens fought in defence of their European peninsula; and the Portuguese