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“Equally at home with the classical Graeco-Roman world and that of the prehistoric European Iron Age, Professor Aldhouse-Green is well equipped to do justice. Boudica Britannia has 17 ratings and 2 reviews. Simon said: This is the most thought provoking book I have ever read on the subject of Boudica’s rebellio. Boudica and beyond. Folklore needs folk heroes, and Britannia delivers. Its main characters include the warrior queen Antedia (Zoë.

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In this fascinating account of a legendary figure, Miranda Aldhouse-Green raises questions about female power, colonial oppression, and whether Boudica would be seen today as a freedom fighter, terrorist or martyr.

Butterworth, with his britannnia, spooky, sex-obsessed Britons, is not the first to try to fill it, nor will he be the last.

Boudica Britannia by Miranda Aldhouse-Green

Boudica’s husband, Prasutagusruled as a nominally independent ally of Rome, and left his kingdom jointly to his daughters and to the Roman emperor in his will. Meantime, just over the Channel on the northern shore of Gaul, a Roman general is on the brink of invading Britain, surveying a bunch of foot soldiers who have expressed, let us say, reservations about crossing a reputedly giant-squid-filled ocean to take arms against a barbarous, terrifying land full of magic and human sacrifice.

Carroll suggests a site close to High Cross, Leicestershireon the junction of Watling Street and the Fosse Waywhich would have allowed the Legio II Augustabased at Exeterto rendezvous with the rest of Suetonius’s forces, had they not failed to do so. For the cruise ship, see MV Boudicca.

From Caesar to the Normans.

Just as important for the writer, there are innumerable gaps in our knowledge — and that is the void into which the imagination of a writer may flow. Dio says that, even if they were lined up one deep, they would not have extended the length of Boudica’s line. Order by Oldest first Newest first Highest scored Lowest scored. Crook, a cadaverous vision, is the druidic leader, Veran. Pliny the Elder wrote: He writes that she habitually wore a large golden necklace perhaps a torca colourful tunic, and a thick cloak fastened by a brooch.


Uncertain whether he should choose it as a seat of war, as he looked round on his scanty force of soldiers, and remembered with what a serious warning the rashness of Petillius had been punished, he resolved to save the province at the cost of a single town.

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Giant squid and sexed-up druids: is Britannia Jez Butterworth’s mad masterpiece?

Colette rated it really liked it Jun 20, There brtiannia plenty of room for more. A young girl is on the verge of an initiation ceremony that will nudge her into adulthood via chanting, dancing and something nasty with a knife. It was in the Victorian era that Boudica’s fame took on legendary proportions as Queen Victoria came to be seen as Boudica’s “namesake”, their names being identical in meaning.

In his 6th century work On the Ruin and Conquest of Britainthe monk Gildas demonstrates his knowledge of a female leader who he describes as “treacherous”:. Universal Credit rules are forcing Scots to use loan sharks.

Boudica – Wikipedia

Cassius Dio describes her as tall, with tawny hair hanging down to below her waist, a harsh voice and a piercing glare. Deb marked it as to-read Feb 25, But the episode biudica scorches Calgacus into the mind: Three people stabbed at Manchester Victoria station. Carrie marked it as to-read Nov 19, Mark rated it it was amazing Dec 17, Retrieved from ” https: She is considered a British folk hero.


Polydore Vergil may have reintroduced her to British history as “Voadicea” in In AD 60 or 61, while the current governor, Gaius Suetonius Paulinuswas leading a campaign against the island of Mona modern Anglesey in the north of Wales, which was a refuge for British rebels and a stronghold of the druidsthe Iceni conspired with their neighbours the Trinovantes, amongst others, to revolt.

Roman Britain Television Sky Atlantic features. Adriana marked it as to-read Feb 15, The troops gave no quarter even bditannia the women: Aug 26, Kellene Rees rated it really liked it. You are personally liable for the content of any comments you upload to this website, so please act responsibly.

The most compelling picture we have of the Celtic, iron age tribes of Britain, for example, comes from the way the Romans wrote about them.

Hertfordshire Archaeology and History. Apr 25, Simon rated it it was amazing. Lawrence Fredericks marked it as to-read Aug 17, Another, Tacitus, perhaps the greatest of Roman historians, offered often cynical and piquant critiques of britqnnia exercise of Roman power in works that included a biography of his father-in-law, Gnaeus Julius Agricola, a governor of Britain for several bditannia. We have, too, the writings of ordinary Roman officers, vivid snatches of boudkca life in the form of letters and memos preserved from the late first century AD in the mud of northern England the famous Vindolanda tablets, discovered in the s and s.

Tacitus says that the Britons had no interest in taking or selling prisoners, only in slaughter by gibbetfire, or cross.