Written and illustrated by: Uderzo
Original title: La Rose et le Glaive
Published by: Les Editions Albert René
First album edition: 1991
A woman bard is unheard-of in Ancient Gaul – but when the mothers in Asterix and Obelix’s little village decide that besides being a terrible musician Cacofinix, the local bard and school teacher, is not educating their children properly, it’s Bravura they call in.
Then men of the village are horrified at first, but Bravura proves a useful ally in countering Julius Caesar’s secret weapon – the Roman leader has sent in a troop of female legionaries, relying on the chivalrous Gauls not to fight women. But Bravura has no such scruples, and together with Asterix thinks up a good idea. Even Cacofinix’s music comes into its own …