Thursday, April 2, 2015

B for Boudica (A to Z Challenge)

Before "Brave", there was "Boudica"

My first introduction to Boudica was a movie that I rented from a local library 'Warrior Queen'. Later I just had to find out more about her... 

Most of Boudica's life is shrouded in Mystery. She was born around AD 25 to a royal family in Celtic Britain, and as a young woman she married Prasutagus who later became king of the Iceni tribe. They had two daughters. After Prasutagus died the Roman procurator proceeded to take inventory of the estate. He regarded this as a Roman property and when Boudica objected, he had her flogged. Her daughters were raped. At that point she had enough.
With her army she slaughtered a Roman army and torched Londinium. She was fearless and unstoppable. After all what happened to Boudicca is uncertain. It is said she returned to her home territory and took poison to avoid Roman capture.

So long my friends,
Evalina

She slaughtered a Roman army. She torched Londinium, leaving a charred layer almost half a meter thick that can still be traced under modern London. According to the Roman historian Cornelius Tacitus, her army killed as many as 70,000 civilians in Londinium, Verulamium and Camulodunum, rushing 'to cut throats, hang, burn, and crucify. Who was she? Why was she so angry?
Most of Boudica's life is shrouded in mystery
- See more at: http://www.historynet.com/boudica-celtic-war-queen-who-challenged-rome.htm#sthash.o2dBvEHp.dpuf
She slaughtered a Roman army. She torched Londinium, leaving a charred layer almost half a meter thick that can still be traced under modern London. According to the Roman historian Cornelius Tacitus, her army killed as many as 70,000 civilians in Londinium, Verulamium and Camulodunum, rushing 'to cut throats, hang, burn, and crucify. Who was she? Why was she so angry?
Most of Boudica's life is shrouded in mystery
- See more at: http://www.historynet.com/boudica-celtic-war-queen-who-challenged-rome.htm#sthash.o2dBvEHp.dpuf
She slaughtered a Roman army. She torched Londinium, leaving a charred layer almost half a meter thick that can still be traced under modern London. According to the Roman historian Cornelius Tacitus, her army killed as many as 70,000 civilians in Londinium, Verulamium and Camulodunum, rushing 'to cut throats, hang, burn, and crucify. Who was she? Why was she so angry?
Most of Boudica's life is shrouded in mystery
- See more at: http://www.historynet.com/boudica-celtic-war-queen-who-challenged-rome.htm#sthash.o2dBvEHp.dpuf
She slaughtered a Roman army. She torched Londinium, leaving a charred layer almost half a meter thick that can still be traced under modern London. According to the Roman historian Cornelius Tacitus, her army killed as many as 70,000 civilians in Londinium, Verulamium and Camulodunum, rushing 'to cut throats, hang, burn, and crucify. Who was she? Why was she so angry?
Most of Boudica's life is shrouded in mystery
- See more at: http://www.historynet.com/boudica-celtic-war-queen-who-challenged-rome.htm#sthash.o2dBvEHp.dpuf

22 comments:

  1. I remember learning about her at school - it was good to learn about a strong woman, history is dominated by men!

    Annalisa at Wake Up, Eat, Write, Sleep

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  2. She's my local hero! Iceni lands were in what is now known as East Anglia. One of our school trips was to visit a reconstruction of an Iceni village and we learned all about Boudica.
    I also love the Horrible Histories song about Boudica, you should look it up on YouTube. Are you aware of Horrible Histories? They are a series of books and TV shows aimed at making history interesting for children by focusing on the weird and gory bits! They do great songs too.

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  3. Interesting. I've never heard of Boudica. She sounds like a tough woman though. I stopped by from the A to Z Challenge.

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  4. Brand new follower here. Nice to meet you, Evalina! Great topic for B. Boudica was so impressive.

    2015 A to Z Challenge Co-Host
    Matthew MacNish from The QQQE

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  5. I loved that movie!! And the historical character too (I am sensing a Redheads theme here ;) ). She was the perfect actress to pick for that role.

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    Multicolored Diary - Epics from A to Z
    MopDog - 26 Ways to Die in Medieval Hungary

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  6. She sounds like one fierce lady!

    Good luck with the 2015 A to Z Challenge!
    A to Z Co-Host S. L. Hennessy
    http://pensuasion.blogspot.com

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  7. Wow, that's quite a tale. Never heard of this woman. Good post.

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  8. Thanks for sharing. I've never heard of Boudica until now.

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  9. Whoa. This could be a Disney film. Add a musical number and a wise cracking talking axe and it would work out.

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  10. Shes in a lot of Celtic history books, but who's read those--except me a two other people. Nice post.

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  11. Interest story Evalina.

    Linda

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  12. Wow! How interesting. We love the movie Brave, but I had no idea there was a real red headed warrior. Thanks for sharing :-)

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  13. Thanks for bring her to my attention. I'll be on the look our for more information on her. Strong women rarely get the mention that they deserve!

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  14. Very Interesting. I love learning history, and this one is awesome though, sad.

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  15. I'd never heard of her but she definitely embodies the characteristic brave!

    I love your theme, and you chose well for A. I have always loved Anne.

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  16. You are certainly picking great women. I love the one for " B"!

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  17. Good for her! I can't believe I'd never heard of her before.

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  18. Great choice and good recap of her life. I'm liking your choices.

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  19. I have always been interested in Celtic history and have read some about Boudica. She must have been a great leader or her people.

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  20. Boudica's a great choice and it's good to see people who hadn't heard of her finally hearing her story, what we know of it. Her name's also sometimes written as Queen Boudicea or Boudicca and she's got a monument near Westminster Bridge in London which I need to revisit now you've reminded me of it.

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  21. Wow it's serendipity that you chose Boudicca for your B challenge! I just watched an episode of Bone Kickers and they had an interesting take on what happened to Boudica. Such a great story and she was certainly a very interesting historical character!
    xo Alicia

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  22. Hi Evalina .. Boudica is certainly part of our heritage ... she was one tough cookie!! Cheers Hilary

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