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Jack Andrews amiga at primenet.com
Thu Oct 1 05:27:50 EST 1998



> Boudicca
>
>                                                         (died 62 AD)
>
> Boudicca was the wife of Prasutagus, king of the Iceni, a British tribe, at a
> time when Britain was a Roman province. When Prasutagus
> died he willed half of his kingdom to the Roman empire and half to Boudicca and
> their two daughters, Camorra and Tasca. British law
> allowed royal inheritance to be passed to daughters in the absence of male heir,
> but Roman law did not. The Roman administrator
> ignored the will and proceded to take over the entire kingdom. Roman historian
> Tacitus wrote, "Kingdom and household alike were
> plundered like prizes of war... for a start, his widow Boudicca was flogged and
> their daughters raped. The chieftains of the Iceni were
> deprived of their family estates as if the whole country had been handed over to
> the Romans. The king's own relatives were treated as
> slaves."
>
> Enraged Boudicca joined Iceni forces with another tribe, the Trinobantes, and
> together they fought back. They attacked and conquered
> the Roman colony Camulodunum (now Colchester) and burned the temple dedicated to
> Claudius, the Roman emperor who completed
> the conquest of Britain. The Romans retaliated against the insurgents by sending
> a whole division of soldiers, but they were defeated.
> The insurgents then marched on London, which they sacked, and killed its Roman
> population, as well as their sympathizers. They did
> the same at Verulamium (now St. Albans) and other settlements.
>
> Finally, Gaius Suetonius Paulinus, the Roman governor of Britain, gathered all
> the Roman troops in the south of Britain and attacked the
> British in a narrow valley so that the superior numbers of rebel force would be
> of no advantage against the smaller Roman army. Tacitus
> reported that Boudicca was seen riding her chariot and inspiring her troops
> before the battle.
>
> However, this time the Romans were victorious, and slaughtered the rebel troops.
> Boudicca and her daughters escaped but then
> poisoned themselves rather than allow capture. Roman retribution for rebellion
> was swift and cruel but the British kept up the fight for
> another year, when Suetonius was succeeded by Publius Petronius Turpilianus, who
> changed the policy toward the native population to
> one of appeasement, which remained in use for three hundred more years of Roman
> occupation of Britain.
> --
> Jack Andrews
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>
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>
> Let not the fierce sun dry one tear of pain before thyself
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> H. P. Blavatsky (1831-1891)

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Jack Andrews
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http://members.tripod.com/~artist_3/ Original VRML Art

http://www.primenet.com/~amiga/chronicpain1.html
Our Lives With Chronic Pain
(please contribute your "thoughts" to this site)

Let not the fierce sun dry one tear of pain before thyself
hast wiped it from the sufferer's eye.
H. P. Blavatsky (1831-1891)





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