Boudicca

Boudicca…she was a queen, a mother and a wife…known not only for her fury and stiking looks but also for dealing one of the biggest blows to the Roman empire. She was married to the king of the Iceni tribe called Prasutagus. Together they had two children, but unfortunately when he passed away at the age of 60 he had no male heir as both of this children were females, and therefore he passed his wealth down to them, but also to the Roman Emperor Nero who was the fifth Roman Emperor, the step-son and heir of the emperor Claudius.

romans-342413_960_720
Roman Empire – Historical Reconstruction

 The reason why Prasutagus gave a share of his personal wealth to Nero was a form of hope really…to try and win some form of imperial protection for his family, but as history teaches us that was not the case. In fact the Romans instead took over Prasutagus’s kingdom, and committed many atrocities from that day on. Some of them were that they robbed the rest of his tribesmen and not to mention the fact that they stripped and whipped his wife repeatedly and to add further insult to injury they violated their daughters. The Romans didn’t know a womans fury till they crossed Boudicca…in her eyes hurting her was one thing, but then raping her daughters….

 She was furious, hurt and upset…trying to comfort her daughters, but that wasn’t the last time the Romans were going to see Boudicca. It was around 61 AD the Roman Governor of Britain at the time Paulinius was distracted as he was leading an armada to North Wales for conquest. When this happened Boudicca saw this as an opportunity to fight, and so she did. She gathered her tribe to start a rebellion and in the process compelled members of other tribes to join them.

Boudicca with her warriors and other tribesmen during their rebellion an estimate of 70,000 – 80,000 Romans and Britons perished in thee different cities.With that Boudicca and her fellow warriors dealt a devastating blow as the Romans were distracted again…focusing on the Druids in Anglesey which left the Iceni (Boudiccas tribe) to be able to massacre the Roman major city of Camulodunum and with that went on to killing Romans of the 9th legion just on the outskirts.

However,even though with Boudiccas courage and fury…..riding around in her chariot with her two daughters to encourage all her tribes to fight to their last breath like she was going to do and in fact did….the Roman Governor Paulinus returned and led an army against Boudicca and her rebellion, and with that both sides suffered losses, but nowhere near as much as the Britons…especially when Boudiccas tribe was cornered and surrounded by the Roman Empire so they couldn’t use their long swords to their full potential unlike the Romans with their organization, spears and swords.

boudicca-359043_960_720
Statue of Boudicca designed by Thomas Thorneycroft

It’s not very clear as to how Boudicca died, but it is thought that she poisoned herself in order to avoid capture by the Romans. Due to her actions, she will always have a place in British history and she will always be remembered if not through people learning from each other about her courageous act, then by the statue of her riding her chariot with her daughters on the Thames Embankment next to the house of Parliament in London that was put up in 1902.

Here is a wonderful book that covers this heroic Queen. You will meet Boudicca through Marguerite Johnson and also accounts written by Tacitus and Dio! 


UK Link

US Link

German Link