History's HEROES? - 60 or 61


What she did


Her legacy

Boudica's legacy has largely come down to us from the works of the Roman historian, Tacitus.

She challenged the complacency of the Romans, who at that time must have thought they were invincible. New forts were built across the areas of Britain occupied by the Romans. Paulinus and following governors in Britain were determined never to be caught out again and spent the next years building forts around their conquered territory in Britain.

Her story and legacy were recorded by Tacitus, who was one of Rome's greatest historians and wrote only about 50 years after the events. He had a particular interest in the province of Britain. His father-in-law, Agricola, was governor of Britain between AD 77 and 85, and it is quite possible that Tacitus himself served in the province. He stated that he used official documents in the imperial archives as sources for his works.

Like other writings of Greeks and Romans, much of Tacitus' work survived the fall of the Roman Empire, with a few copies being preserved in monastery libraries. They were rediscovered in the 14th century, and copied for wider circulation after that time. The story of Boudica was an inspiration to other women leaders such as Elizabeth 1st and Queen Victoria.

In Victorian times a statue was commissioned from the sculptor/engineer Thomas Thorneycroft and it still stands on the north end of Westminster Bridge, near the Houses of Parliament, in London: one of the cities she so completely and savagely destroyed.

Even to this day, the legendary warrior queen lives on in books, music and film. Does she still inspire us now in the same way that she used to? That is for you to answer. 

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