Illustration from Fireworks Book

Karen Watts

Karen Watts is Senior Curator of European Armour at the Royal Armouries in Leeds.

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Did you know?

Guardian angels?

The kings of the Maurya Empire (now India) were guarded by women, who were trained in the use of the sword and the bow.

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