Princess Sela (active c. 400–420 A.D.) was a Norwegian pirate and one of the first known female pirates. Sela was a princess of Norway and the sister of the King Koller of Norway. The Danish historian Saxo Grammaticus described Sela as a "skilled warrior and experienced in rowing."[1]

Stories say that Sela and her brother hated each other and when Koller became King, Sela decided to become a pirate. She attacked many ships in the North Atlantic ocean, amassing a reputation and a substantial amount of treasure.

Princess Sela's brother King Koller, decided that his rival, Horwendill, the former King of Jutland who turned to piracy, was receiving too much glory and had to be killed. Koller led his fleet into battle with Horwendil. Horwendil then killed Koller, and then later had to kill Sela, to end the war.

Princess Sela was active as a pirate from 400 A.D. to 420 A.D.

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  1. ^ a b Grammaticus, Saxo. The Danish History, Books I-IX. Retrieved November 21, 2018 – via Project Gutenberg.
  2. ^ Sharp, Anne Wallace (2002). Daring Pirate Women. Twenty-First Century Books. p. 25. ISBN 9780822500315.
  3. ^ Green, John (2014). Pirate Queens: Notorious Women of the Sea. Courier Corporation. p. 3. ISBN 9780486783345.
  4. ^ "History of Women Pirates". Anne Bonny Pirate. Retrieved November 21, 2018.
  5. ^ Kinski, Jon. "The Five Greatest Women Pirates". Net Central. Retrieved November 21, 2018.