Boadicea was the Celtic
Queen of Iceni. When her husband, King Prasutagus died suddenly in 60
CE, the Roman Empire tried to seize all her lands and wealth (instead of
just the territories that her husband had agreed to forfeit to the
Emperor Nero). When she refused, the Roman soldiers arrested and
tortured Boadicea, then brutalized and raped her two daughters Comorra
When Boadicea was
released, she declared war on the Empire. She rallied the Iceni and the
other neighboring tribes, the Trinovanti, Cornovii, Durotiges and,
eventually, amassed an army of over 100,000 and marched on the Roman
settlements from Comulodunum to Londinium and Verulamium.
She was a formidable foe
and not to be reckoned with but, as in all wars, the heroes eventually
fall, and so it was with Boadicea. She and her rebel army fell at the
hands of Governor Suetonius’ army of 10,000 legionaries and, even though
Boadicea and her daughters escaped, they chose to take their own lives
rather than surrender to the Romans as political prisoners and suffer a
short life of torture and slavery.
Boadicea had long, thick,
dark red hair and bright green eyes. Her name means “victorious” and her
totem animal was the hare, which she released from her cloak to alert
her allies to battle. She is pictured here in war paint with her armor
and her arsenal of weapons displayed about, and her totem hare at her
side. This collage contains 96 photographs and illustrations plus
several dozen Photoshop effects.
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