Boudica (died 60 or 61 AD) was queen of the British Iceni tribe, a Celtic tribe who led an uprising against the occupying forces of the Roman Empire. Her husband, Prasutagus, had left his kingdom jointly to his daughters and the Roman Emperor when he died, but the Romans did not acknowledge the joint rule. It was reported that Boudica was flogged and her daughters raped. She was eventually chosen as the leader of her people and their neighbors to lead an assault on the Romans. Her army had great success in their battles and completely demolished the city of Camulodunum (Colchester). The Britons had no desire to take prisoners and slaughtered everyone in their path. Noble Roman women were beheaded and had their breasts cut off and sewn to their mouths. Ironically, the great anti-imperialist rebel is now identified with the head of the British Empire, and her statue stands guard over the city she razed to the ground. Image taken from page 26 of "A History of England for the Young" by Henry Tyrrell, 1872.
June 14th, 2016
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