Queen Boudica The Red Headed Celtic Warrior
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Queen Boudica The Red Headed Celtic Warrior

Queen Boudica The celtic red headed warrior who faced the might of Rome

Of the many Celtic tribes that ruled Britain around five hundred years before the birth of Christ was one called “The Iceni or Eceni tribe”, this tribe was based where modern day Norfolk is today.

The Iceni tribe stilled ruled the area even after the Romans had began to take control.

Their neighbours the “Claudian’s” were defeated but records show that the Iceni's were not conquered when the Romans attacked and defeated their Claudian neighbours in the invasion of AD 43, but had come to a voluntary alliance with the Romans

However during an uprising in AD 61 the King of the Iceni’s “Prasutagus” a pro-Roman, died. at that time it was normal for an Iceni king to leave his kingdom to Rome on his death, but Prasutagus left his Kingdom to his own daughters, the Roman not happy about this went against the wishes of Prasutagus and Prasutagus's widow, Boudica, was flogged, and her daughters were raped, this act was to see the start of a revolt the Romans never reckoned on.

Boudica pronounced Bo-di-kar also spelled Boudicca was a magnificence looking woman she was tall with a mass of red hair which reached to her hips riding in her chariot took up the title as Queen formed an army and raged war against the Romans, one of her first successful victories was Camulodunum now modern day Colchester, the governor, Gaius Suetonius Paulinus was at the time leading a assault on the island of Anglesey in north Wales all the time Queen Boudicca’s army was growing by those unhappy with the Roman onslaught

A Roman legion, the IX Hispana was also totally destroyed, when news of the revolt reached Suetonius in Anglesey he hurried back to a twenty-year-old commercial settlement by the name of Londinium modern day London.

Boudicca by now had visions of eradicating Britain of the Romans set her sights on Londinium Suetonius quickly came to the conclusion that he lacked the numbers to defend Londinium evacuated and abandoned it, Boudicca army marched victorious into Londinium, It was burnt to the ground she then went on to take Verulamium now St Albans.

All in all an estimated 70,000–80,000 Romans were slain by the Celtic queen in the three cities by Suetonius, meanwhile, regrouped his forces in the West Midlands, and despite being heavily outnumbered, defeated the Britons in the Battle of Watling Street.emperor Nero had considered withdrawing all Roman forces from the Britain, but Suetonius' ultimate victory over Boudica secured his control of the region.

One theory is that Boudica then killed herself so she would not be captured,

Britain has produced many fierce, gracious warriors down the ages who have fought to keep Britain free, but none were as this formidable lady whose name will never be forgotten this Warrior Queen who fought the might of Rome - Queen Boudica.

In 1902 a bronze statue of her riding high in her chariot, designed by Thomas Thorneycroft, was placed on the Thames embankment next to the Houses of Parliament in the old Roman capital of Britain, Londinium

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Comments (8)
Ranked #1 in History

Cool. Great work, Johnny. I wish someone would make a proper film about her.

Always loved her story.

To Michael: there actually was a rather decent movie made, but it was for American cable. I'm not sure, but you may be able to buy it. It was made in 2006, directed by Patrick Taulère and starred Charlotte Comer. I rented it a while back and it wasn't bad at all!

Ranked #1 in History

Thanks, Ileen. I didn't know about that. There is a British TV version, but it wasn't very good.

Ranked #44 in History

Thank you Johnny for adding to my knowledge of Celtic history. You really should consider writing a book on this stuff.I would buy it. I find most articles and books on history dry and boring but yours are neither. Have you consider writing a book?

Ranked #5 in History

Its funny you should say that Jerry I started to put together one this very day.. primarily called "Britain's Progress from 5000 years BC" but I think that's a bit long winded... anyone got any other ideas ?

Ranked #79 in History

Most excellent article! Thank-you!

I enjoyed this read, great facts and great job on this one.