Boudica Britannia: Rebel, War-leader and Queen
Pearson Longman, 2006 - Всего страниц: 286
"'[This] book is a jolly good read...lively, confident and [filled with] thought-provoking parallels with modern times [...]Professor Aldhouse-Green is well equipped to do justice to the fearsome warrior queen of the Britons who so nearly brought the story of Roman Britain to a premature end. This important study of Boudica not only makes full use of recent archaeological and classical scholarship, it also offers exciting new psychological insights into the first woman to make a significant impact on the history of Britain'."
"Dr Paul R. Sealey, Assistant Curator of Archaeology, Colchester Museums"
When Roman troops threatened to seize the wealth of the Iceni people, their queen, Boudica, retaliated by inciting a major uprising, allying her tribe with the neighbouring Trinovantes. The ensuing clash is one of the most important - and dramatic - events in the history of Britain, standing testament to what can happen when an insensitive colonial power meets determined resistance from a subjugated people head-on.
In this fascinating account of a legendary figure, Miranda Aldhouse-Green raises questions about female power, colonial oppression, and whether Boudica would be seen today as a freedom fighter, terrorist or martyr.
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So, although elsewhere in his work he appears to side with the 'noble savage'
model of the Britons, yet in recording this particular episode, he presents the
occupants of the holy island as given to wild disorder, immoderacy and
I suggest that particular cruelty might have been reserved for some of the women
as deliberate reprisals for the treatment meted out to Boudica and her daughters.
In particular, the mutilation of their breasts and their impalement on spikes ...
... that rape was considered a heinous offence, punishable by poena capitalis (
capital punishment, including beheading).37 In the time of Nero, particular
attention was paid to crime and punishment, and theories relating to the
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Claudius and Britannia
Prasutagus and Boudica
big women in Iron Age Europe
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