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The Red Maid has had many names throughout history in many…

The Red Maid has had many names throughout history in many different languages. She is a slayer of monsters and demons. It is rumoured she may be a demon herself, or perhaps a witch, or a vampire of very old blood. 

In some remote places in Ireland, Madrid, Italy and Russia, having saved the villagers from ‘a great evil’ (so the church records recount – yet they remain infuriatingly vague), she has since been revered in those places as a saint. Here in one rare instance she is honoured in a Normandy stained glass window from 1816, standing victorious over a slain shadow spawn.

Morrison, in her book, ‘The Crimson Queen’, tracks the folk tales and legends surrounding The Red Maid. An excerpt from her penultimate chapter deals with the most recent sightings of her.

“The unknown soldier called ‘The Red Maid’ was recorded by several witnesses as being at Marne, Ypres, Verdun and Arras. Eyewitness reports remained the same: she was always with long dark hair, dressed in a uniform so blood-drenched it was crimson, and wielding a wicked looking sword. The British War Ministry made quite a concerted effort to find this person, even though the idea of such a blood-thirsty individual being female and in the midst of battle frankly worried them more than they cared to admit. She was never discovered, but at the time, one of the stories doing the rounds in the Hun’s trenches was of ‘the Poppy Maiden’: a woman who looked variously like a maid in a red dress, like a girl in a blood-soaked British tunic, or like a Valkyrie in armour and a red surcoat. Seeing her was invariably an omen of death.”

Source: Tales of Necromancy

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