|Boudicca's statue in London--put up for Queen Victoria, who fancied herself a namesake.|
It is what Boudicca did next that sets her apart in history. She led a rebellion against the Romans (the Romans!) and just about encouraged the Emperor Nero in Rome to withdraw from Britain. No Cleopatra, this one.
The army Boudicca led was 100,000. (100,000!) She successfully overtook several cities, which she methodically demolished, also overtaking the infant city of London and burning it down, slaughtering anyone who had not evacuated. Take no prisoners nor collaboraters.
The Romans finally prevailed. Boudicca, it is reported, killed herself.
|Painting by John Opie. The Victorians loved her.|
I can't think of a more amazing general opposing the Romans.
Here is more information about Boudicca:
This is awesome.
Horrible Histories - Boudicca
|'You must conquer or die. This is a woman's resolve.'|
Boudicca (died c.AD 60)
Here is a full documentary.
BOUDICA - THE ICENI REBELLION
This one is a little dated--shows 'amazing' video game tech.
History Channel Decisive Battles E10 Boudicca Warrior Queen
|Alex Kingsley as Boudicca|