Queen Boudica - Battle-hardened barbarian queen (Sian
Phillips) seen on
the historical drama WARRIOR QUEEN/THA/1978.
In 61 A.D., Queen Boudica (Boadicea) lead the British in revolt against
the Romans who were occupying the Celtics land. Roman historian Tacitus said of Boudica:
"The whole nation took up arms, under
the command of Boudica, a woman of royal blood...and after pursuing the soldiers
scattered among the Roman forts and capturing the garrisons, they invaded the
colony [Colchester] itself, as the local center of servitude; no sort of
barbarian cruelty was overlooked in the hour of victory and vengeance."
In 2003, Exxon/Mobil Masterpiece Theater on PBS aired a retelling of
Britain's Warrior Queen with Alex Kingston as Boudica, wife of King Prasutagus
of the Iceni tribe (in what is now East Anglia) who takes the throne upon the
mysterious death of her husband and then proceeds to rally her people against
TRIVIA NOTE: In the ancient Celtic language "Boudica" means "victory." On February
28, 1988 the grave of Boadicea, the warrior queen was located by archaeologists
under Platform 8 at King’s Cross railway station, London.
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