Boudicca was born, around 25-30AD in the then town of Camulodunum, which we know better as Colchester.
Her future had already been mapped out for her. Aged fourteen, she was educated in the history of the Celts and her tribes, the traditions, culture and religion which they follow. She was trained as a warrior; how to handle the sword, spear and shield like any pro.
Boudicca married King Prasutagus in 43-45 AD and had two daughters. In 60 AD life changed for Boudicca, with the death of her husband. Britain at this time was under Roman occupation. With Prasutagus dead, the Roman’s had no intention of sharing hid kingdom with Boudicca; they took it all.
The Roman’s tortured Boudicca and raped her two daughters; this would prove to be the catalyst, which would see her demanding revenge against these invaders of their lands.
Quote by Boudicca: Nothing is safe from Roman pride and arrogance. They will deface the sacred and will deflower our virgins. Win the battle or perish, that is what I, will do.
She wanted revenge, for the plundering of the Celts; kingdoms and households alike were plundered like prizes of war.
Many Celtic Kings had been appointed by the Roman’s, to carry on as leaders of their kingdom, if they accepted the Roman occupation. Yet, it didn’t always appear to have been the best option, for many King’s relatives were treated no better than slaves.
Whilst Gaius Suetonius Paulinus, the Roman Governor led his troops against the island of Monain. Boudicca the Celts appointed leader with an army of 100,000 men attacked Camulodunum (now known as Colchester) in 60-61 AD killing everyone, and burnt it to the ground. She moved on to Londinium (now known as London) burnt it to the ground with no survivors.
News had reached Gaius Suetonius Paulinus of the destruction of these two Roman cities… Her third and final annihilation was of Verulamium (now known as St.Albans), no survivors and burnt to the ground. Boudicca believed her destruction of three key city’s would free Britain of the Roman’s, but she was sadly mistaken.
Boudicca’s speech: Dio Cassius
I was whipped by the Roman’s when they tried to take our lands… and now I am fighting for my freedom. Think how many of us are fighting and why. We must win this battle or die. Let the men live as slaves if they want. I will not.
Boudicca with an army of 230,000 fighting Celtic warriors, came face to face with governor Paulinus army of 10,000 Roman soldiers; odds of 1/23. What should have been an overwhelming victory, was one of disaster as some 80,000 Celts died at the hands of Roman soldiers.
Boudicca the warrior Queen of the Celts, died along with her two daughters, not on the battlefield… exact cause has never been established.
Boudicca the warrior Queen of the Celts, a name which will always be remembered, for her attempts in driving out the Roman forces who had occupied her England. All she wanted was freedom from oppression, for herself, and the Celtic tribes of Britain.