Thursday, 20 May 2010

Woman in military dress c1710

Not really sure about this image - is this a female soldier?

Geertruid ter Brugge, hebbende gedient in den oorlog voor Dragender

3 comments:

Rampjaar said...

Yes, she was a woman and she was a soldier, disguised as a man. There are more examples of women in military service in this book:

Duc de Limbourg said...

according to the dutch society for history she was in the beginning of the WSS fighting as a soldier (dragonder=dragoon). Later she lived in The Hague and got a child (father unknown). She was known as "la dragonne" and this is the only picture of a woman disguised as a man/sodlier of the 17th/18th century in Holand.

Duc de Limbourg said...

this is the only dutch picture of a woman soldier of the 17th/18th century. Geertruid ter Brugge was a dragoon (dragonder) in the beginning of the WSS, lived in the Hague in 1706 (now as woman) an bore a child (father unknown). She was known as "la dragonne"