Boudica: The Life of Britain's Legendary Warrior Queen

Boudica: The Life of Britain's Legendary Warrior Queen

by Vanessa Collingridge, Frank Remkiewicz
     
 

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Boudica is both a groundbreaking new study and a surprisingly personal history that is a must-read for anyone interested in British or Roman history, feminism, or all things Celtic.

Boudica has been mythologized as the woman who dared to take on the Romans to avenge her daughters, her tribe, and her enslaved country. Her immortality rests on the fact that she

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Boudica is both a groundbreaking new study and a surprisingly personal history that is a must-read for anyone interested in British or Roman history, feminism, or all things Celtic.

Boudica has been mythologized as the woman who dared to take on the Romans to avenge her daughters, her tribe, and her enslaved country. Her immortality rests on the fact that she almost drove the Romans out of Britain, and her legend has become the reference point for any British woman in power, from Elizabeth I to Margaret Thatcher. As Boudica has become well known as an icon of female leadership and strength, the true story of her revolt against the Roman empire has only become more distant until now. Combining new research and recent archaeological discoveries, Vanessa Collingridge has written a major new biography on this shadowy and often misunderstood figure of ancient history. Boudica provides a detailed history of the Celtomania that has adopted Boudica as its earliest hero, and the nationalist and feminist causes that have also tried to claim her as their own. While tracking the origins and impact of the various versions of the Boudica legend, Collingridge unearths a historical woman who is far subtler but every bit as fascinating as the myths associated with her name.

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Library Journal
Boudicca (died 60/61 C.E.) is a famed enemy of Rome, but, oddly enough, she was virtually unknown before the Renaissance. She was queen of the Iceni, a Celtic people in what is now the county of Norfolk in eastern England. After Roman conquerors apparently raped Boudicca and her daughters, the Iceni, led by Boudicca, rose up against the Roman Empire. Some stories say Boudicca's army killed 70,000 Romans before she was defeated. British writer Collingridge (Captain Cook: A Legacy Under Fire) describes not only Boudicca and her battles but also the Roman mentality and the subsequent creation of Boudicca's legend. She lets her varied sources do most of the speaking. To the misogynistic Romans, Boudicca was everything evil they could imagine. To modern eyes, she has come to represent all the good that women can manifest; she was strong, assertive, and aggressive in defense of her family. Collingridge draws parallels between Boudicca and queens Elizabeth I and Victoria as well as Princess Diana to show that Boudicca is more than just legend; she is nothing less than the female spirit of Britain. Recommended for public libraries and women's studies collections. Robert Harbison, Western Kentucky Univ. Lib., Bowling Green Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781468303810
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
06/26/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
128,558
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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