Know your Idols #28 Boudica / Boadicea

A historical figure once again for Idols today, you have probably heard of her, a strong British tribal leader who took on the Roman empire and, while she didn’t win, she gave them a hiding they weren’t going to forget.

What’s her deal?
Boudica’s husband was an Iceni ruler in cooperation with the Romans, until he died. Then the Roman’s saw fit to bit Boudica and rape her daughters. Rather than letting them break her Boudica fought back, gathered the British tribes and devastated the invading forces. Sadly our fierce Brit was eventually defeated, no one knows exactly where but one possible location is right in my home county Leicestershire. It was a massive defeat, the combined tribal forces were decimated and the Roman’s barely touched. This woman had sacked the Roman capitol in Britain  (now Colchester) making her a brutal legend, but now she had made a mistake and ridden everyone into an ambush. After that the Queen is largely speculated to have committed suicide, some versions simply have her falling ill and dying.

She says:
Clearly we don’t have any quotes from this warrior but this is said about her
“Boadicea was tall, terrible to look on and gifted with a powerful voice. A flood of bright red hair ran down to her knees; she wore a golden necklet made up of ornate pieces, a multi-coloured robe and over it a thick cloak held together by a brooch. She took up a long spear to cause dread in all who set eyes on her.”

Boudica wrote the book on revenge (figuratively, i know what you lot are like and no it’s not on amazon), but aside from that, here was a woman who faced with the patriarchal society of Rome and denied her inheritance not only took it back, but united the disparate tribes of the UK to follow her. She had a powerful will and was incredibly strong. She is an example to everyone that you cannot define people by their gender, or limit them because they are women. Trying to is dangerous, push women down hard enough and when they rise up you have legends like this women who sacked Colchester, London and St Albans and is believed to have left 70,000 dead in her wake, before her defeat in the Midlands.
Apocalypse Girls, take note and own your individual power.

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