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I think it depends on how a reader is introduced to this subject Collingridge fills the story with the backgrounds of the B.C A.D Roman invasions with the tribal lay of the land in Britain Julius Ceasar, Cassius Dio and Tacitus provide the source material Halfway through the book, Boudicca arrives I could also do without, the image of the warrior queen through English history, at the end of the book Elizabeth I, Victoria, Margaret Thatcher However, the rebellion of the Iceni and the Dru I think it depends on how a reader is introduced to this subject Collingridge fills the story with the backgrounds of the B.C A.D Roman invasions with the tribal lay of the land in Britain Julius Ceasar, Cassius Dio and Tacitus provide the source material Halfway through the book, Boudicca arrives I could also do without, the image of the warrior queen through English history, at the end of the book Elizabeth I, Victoria, Margaret Thatcher However, the rebellion of the Iceni and the Druids versus Paulinus is a good story To the Roman mind, the isles of Britain lay in the shadows between the light of civilized Empire and the dark depths of the unknown Oceanus which encircled the world Naturally the ambition of the Caesars would be to attempt its capture Repeated invasions led by both Julius Caesar himself and successors like Claudius created an effective Roman presence in wild Britannia, complete with a few cowed client states Those who resisted were crushed or humiliated When one tribe strayed from the strai To the Roman mind, the isles of Britain lay in the shadows between the light of civilized Empire and the dark depths of the unknown Oceanus which encircled the world Naturally the ambition of the Caesars would be to attempt its capture Repeated invasions led by both Julius Caesar himself and successors like Claudius created an effective Roman presence in wild Britannia, complete with a few cowed client states Those who resisted were crushed or humiliated When one tribe strayed from the straight and narrow leading to Rome, their queen was beaten and her daughters raped The name Boudica may ring but a distant bell for Americans, but the avenging queen is a figure of legend in English history Vanessa Collingridge s Boudica examines not only the life of this long dead heroine, but how her legacy of opposing conquest and humiliation has been remembered throughout English history.Boudica is storied, personable, and sometimes speculative on occasion, but is as thorough as a history about a life so scantily recorded can be Collingridge offers an expansive background delivering an entire history of the Roman people that focuses on their frequent altercations with the Gauls , and uses archaeological evidence like coins to supplement the official Roman accounts of the revolt The background is useful for casual readers of history in understanding Celtic Britain as Collingridge points out, Celtic is a relatively modern label that assumesunity than actually existed The native British and the continental Gauls did share certain a general culture, with similar art and gods, but not only did the Britons view their European relations as a people apart, but even on the island they were divided into a multitude of warring tribes Contemporary research unearthsquestions than answers the amount of Roman artifacts lying around Britain decades before Caesar braved the Channel indicates that there wastraffic across the channel than previously thought Some attempts to settle questions remain purely in the realm of the imagination Collingridge hints that there may have been a famine in areas of the island around the time of the invasion, given the burned remnant of imported French grain There is little that is really known about Boudica even drawing from two Roman histories, we only know her tribe, the assault against her, and her subsequent part played in a rebellion that burned to the ground three Roman settlements, including London The importance of Boudica lies not in what she accomplished during her life the rebellion failed , but how she is remembered Female rulers brought nothing but woe to the Romans, but for the English she would regarded as a source of inspiration This was especially true during the reigns of Queens Elizabeth and Victoria, where her ideal as a roaring, wounded mother helped generate devotion to the Queen as a feminine ideal, and support for her benevolent empire.Collingridge makes the most out of limited material and tells a good story This is terra incognita for me, but she does a solid job establishing how sketchy our appreciation of pre Roman Britain is Interesting read, but felt as if the book had been padded out due to the paucity of the information available. My first introduction to Boudica came when I was about 13, in Pauline Gedge s The Eagle and the Raven which I think I might re read Although that book s blurb makes it sound like it s mainly about Boudica, as I recall, she really only features briefly in the back half of the book She makes an impact, though I remember pretty much nothing else from that book In a way, that s also true of this book, even though it s supposed to be a biography of her There s lots of background as to what w My first introduction to Boudica came when I was about 13, in Pauline Gedge s The Eagle and the Raven which I think I might re read Although that book s blurb makes it sound like it s mainly about Boudica, as I recall, she really only features briefly in the back half of the book She makes an impact, though I remember pretty much nothing else from that book In a way, that s also true of this book, even though it s supposed to be a biography of her There s lots of background as to what was going on that led to the events of AD 60 61, and there s lots about the Boudica legend and its evolution over time, but only a few chapters about Boudica, and even those areabout the events of her rebellion than about her Because the trouble with Boudica is that, as fascinated as many of us are with her, we know basically nothing about her We know that she existed We know that after her husband s death, the Romans flogged her and gang raped her daughters We know that this led her to raise a pretty impressive army We know that her army thoroughly sacked several cities and then was finally defeated, at which point she died Apparently it s believed that she died from poisoning by her own hand, but I m unclear as to how we have any idea about thatWe don t know what she looked like the only written account is from someone who wasn t there and had his own agenda to push when describing her We don t know her daughters names We don t really know anything about her life before her husband s death We don t even actually know her name Boudica is thought to be related to the Celtic word for victory, but we haven t the foggiest idea if that was legitimately her name, something she called herself while leading the revolt, or something that actually had nothing whatsoever to do with her.Collingridge proposes that this lack of information is precisely why she is so enduring the lack of specifics means that we can all fill in whatever makes her most meaningful to ourselves, and, from the historian s point of view, her story is simply never over because there is, theoretically, so muchthat could be learned about her.Personally, I m not sure I d be comfortable publishing something claiming to be a biography with as little actual biographical information as this contained I don t blame Collingridge for that lack the information simply doesn t exist any But I feel a little lied to by the subtitle The Life of Britain s Legendary Warrior Queen, and by the blurb Although the blurb does make mention of the pre and post Boudica stuff that s in this book, it also suggests fairly strongly that there will be an honest to god biography in here, and there simply isn t The book should have been presented as a history of the legend, because that s a muchaccurate description.That said, it was interesting I wantedbiographical detail, but I did get lots of very interesting historical, philosophical and mythological detail So it was still worth the read.I have twoissues, though First, the editing in this book was terrible Typos, bad punctuation, and occasionally, an entirely wrong word Yowza The acknowledgements don t make specific reference to an editor, so I can t call anyone out by name, but somebody seriously dropped the ball on this one.And secondly, Grace Production, credited with the jacket design, WTF With all the images of Boudica that are out there, why the hell did you decide to illustrate this book with a picture of Morgan le Fay What is wrong with you Seriously.And finally I kind of wish I had Vanessa Collingridge s hair An absolutely amazing book Incredibly thorough and the best treatment of the material that I have ever read It follows the impact of the woman, the events she caused, and the life of her story throughout the centuries Beautifully and passionately written Highly recommended I adore this book I ve read it twice already. I m very torn on how to rate this text, 3.5 would be better I suppose If you are looking for a biography strictly of Boudica, you will be disappointed this book largely deals with the legends of Boudica in the 2000 years since her death The author can hardly be blamed though, as there is debate as to whether or not she ever existed in the first place I d like to think she was real, a strong female warrior who avenged the rape of her daughters and the mistreatment of her people, thoroughly d I m very torn on how to rate this text, 3.5 would be better I suppose If you are looking for a biography strictly of Boudica, you will be disappointed this book largely deals with the legends of Boudica in the 2000 years since her death The author can hardly be blamed though, as there is debate as to whether or not she ever existed in the first place I d like to think she was real, a strong female warrior who avenged the rape of her daughters and the mistreatment of her people, thoroughly defeating the Roman army twice It s intriguing to think what might ve happened had Boudica defeated the army for good and sent the Romans packing, and how differently the UK might look today I am always looking forward to learningabout the Iron Age and Celtic history So, when I saw this biography of Boudica in a bookstore, I decided to pick it up, enthusiastic at the idea of learningabout this mythical warrior queen I had already some knowledge about the Icenian Queen, though not as much as I would have liked, as she had been mentioned in the works of historians I had previously read such as Peter Beresford Ellis s A Brief History of the Druids 1994 , Jean Markale s I am always looking forward to learningabout the Iron Age and Celtic history So, when I saw this biography of Boudica in a bookstore, I decided to pick it up, enthusiastic at the idea of learningabout this mythical warrior queen I had already some knowledge about the Icenian Queen, though not as much as I would have liked, as she had been mentioned in the works of historians I had previously read such as Peter Beresford Ellis s A Brief History of the Druids 1994 , Jean Markale s Women of the Celts 1989 , Jean Markale s The Druids Celtic Priests of Nature 1985 , and Jean Louis Brunaux s Nos anc tres les Gaulois 2008 Therefore, when I had the opportunity to read Vanessa Collingridge s biography of Boudica, warrior Queen of the Iceni tribe, I could not contain my excitement However, this portrayal of Boudica had nothing groundbreaking about it which disappointed me greatly.My first main issue with this historical account is that the first eight chapters were dedicated to Rome from the creation of the city, its monarchical system followed by the establishment of the Republic of Rome and, finally, the foundation of the Roman Empire Vanessa Collingridge explained Julius Caesar s Gallic War s and Octavian s ascension as first Roman Emperor The thing is that Octavian became Emperor in 27 B.C.E while the Britons s uprising led by Boudica occurred in 60 61 A.D which, in my view, felt as though Vanessa Collingridge s biography of Boudica was padded out due to the scarcity of information we have on the Icenian Queen as well as on this time period Don t get me wrong, I do think that giving context about the Gallic War s , Julius Caesar s desire to conquer Britannia, and how the Romans expanded to Britain and formed alliances with Celtic tribes and kings, provided the readers with a better understanding of the period However, I do have a problem with a historical book labelled as a biography that only manages to discuss its main subject for only a hundred pages And that is what happened in Boudica A Groundbreaking Biography of the True Warrior Queen Only six chapters truly focused on Boudica and what had her take arms against the Romans, and the Britons, attacking Camulodunum Colchester , Londinium London , and Verulamium St Albans But, most of the information were, unfortunately, not new to me which was another negative aspect of this biography I know that not much is known about Boudica, Queen of the Iceni, one of the leaders of the Britons uprising against Suetonius Paulinus s troops, which undeniably makes it difficult to write a proper account on this famous, almost mythical, warrior figure, especially when what we know is based on the accounts of Roman historians, who, for some of them, were not even born when the Britons rebellion broke out Yet, I thought there would beto this biography than what it actually ended up to be but, to finish on apositive note, I found that the analysis on how Boudica s image changed in the course of history, from Queen Elizabeth I to Queen Victoria, was interesting and sometimes quite paradoxical, especially when, in the 19th century, Boudica, who fought Roman imperialism in the 1st century A.D, actually took the mantle of Britannia embodying the figure of the British Empire during Queen Victoria s reign More reviews on &Free E-pub ⇚ Boudica: The Life and Legends of Britain's Warrior Queen ↺ As Boudica has become well known as an icon of female leadership and strength, the true story of her revolt against the Roman empire has only becomedistant until now I felt cheated by the author and the publishers This book is titled Boudica A Groundbreaking Biography of the True Warrior Queen This is definitely not a biography of Boudica and as for groundbreaking , I did not learn anything about Boudica I did not already know or one could find by checking our Wikipedia and a couple of google search results The books consists of 378 pages Although Boudica is mentioned a few times in the opening 169 pages , her story starts with Chapter 9 page I felt cheated by the author and the publishers This book is titled Boudica A Groundbreaking Biography of the True Warrior Queen This is definitely not a biography of Boudica and as for groundbreaking , I did not learn anything about Boudica I did not already know or one could find by checking our Wikipedia and a couple of google search results The books consists of 378 pages Although Boudica is mentioned a few times in the opening 169 pages , her story starts with Chapter 9 page 169 and finishes 76 pages later after 6 short chapters The rest 80% deals with Roman history up to 1st century AD, views on women during those times, history of druism, queens and poets of later centuries and the value of metal detectorists After page 244, it becomes very difficult to read, uninteresting and disjointed I had to abandon it at around page 300 and start o book by a captivating historian like John Man What a refief It is full of tiresome repetitions I suppose, 378 pages had to be filled in order to justify the price , wild connections, wishful explanations of archaeological findings and countless references to the anti feminist views of Romans and other people of those times The author was clearly captivated by the legend of Boudica when she was a child Despite the fact that she obviously dedicated a considerable part of her life travelling around and collecting Boudica related information, it is clear that there are not enough historical facts available in order to put together a 400 page book on Boudica s biography She is also clearly not a historian.In her own words during my search for Boudica, time and time again I came into conflict with wishful thinking that had been reported as fact and it s enough to make one wary of even the most alluring coincidences but the thought is just about credible to make it enticing Unfortunately, dear Vanessa It is not enough to make it an enticing book This is a history of Boudica, an ancient British Queen who led a failed uprising against the Romans The book starts with a general history of Rome and its expansion into Britain The author covers Boudica s rebellion through the eyes of archeological evidence and classical histories The second half of the book is a historiographical study of Boudica as a symbol in British culture This half also covers the creation of the British Celtic identity.I enjoyed the crash course in Roman history at This is a history of Boudica, an ancient British Queen who led a failed uprising against the Romans The book starts with a general history of Rome and its expansion into Britain The author covers Boudica s rebellion through the eyes of archeological evidence and classical histories The second half of the book is a historiographical study of Boudica as a symbol in British culture This half also covers the creation of the British Celtic identity.I enjoyed the crash course in Roman history at the beginning of the book The study of Iron Age occupied Britain offers a complex world of Roman culture, client kingdoms, diplomacy, and resistance I was worried that the second half would include too much speculation but the author threads the Boudica narrative nicely throughout her discourse on various topics This book is a potpourri that covers topics such as the influence of metal detectors on British history to the fact that Winston Churchill was a member of a Druidic order It is a nice overview of the facts and myth of Boudica Recommended for fans of history