So I’ve finally gotten through Redwall, and I must say, although I complained about it before, I actually ended up quite liking it by the end. I got swept up in the battle in the last seventy pages. I even cried when a key main character (whom I won’t name – I don’t want to spoilt it for anyone who might read the book in the future!) died.
One thing I really did like in Redwall was the way that the warriors weren’t all male. In fact, on the side of the Redwall troupes, two of the most courageous and best strategists were both female – Jess the Squirrel and Constance the Badger. Even Cornflower, the timid little mouse, accidentally became a heroine when she dropped a lantern on the enemies’s siege tower. Jess and Constance were revered for their battle skills from the beginning and everyone at Redwall let them take charge, because, clearly, they were the best for the job.
Historically, of course, it is usually males who take charge of battles and lead armies, and this has been reflected in novels. I have read stories where girls courageously take part in battles, but most of the time, they are disguised as boys, as they would not be allowed to fight if they took part as girls. I don’t know if I have read a story where women have been allowed to fight and recognised as good fighters from the beginning of the battle. This was a refreshing change.
Can you think of a story that I might not have heard about, where girls or women are allowed to fight with men as equals?