History's HEROES? - 60 or 61


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In stature she was very tall, in appearance most terrifying, in the glance of her eye most fierce, and her voice was harsh; a great mass of the tawniest hair fell to her hips.
Cassius Dio - Roman Historian. Unknown
I was whipped by the Romans 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.
Boudica's last speech, as recorded by Dio Cassius
She was huge of frame, terrifying of aspect, and with a harsh voice. A great mass of bright red hair fell to her knees: she wore a twisted torc, and a tunic of many colours, over which was a thick mantle, fastened by a brooch. Now she grasped a spear, to strike fear into all who watched her.
Cassius Dio
Probably the most horrible episode which our Island has known. We see the crude and corrupt beginning of a higher civilisation blotted out by the ferocious uprising of the native tribes. Still, it is the primary right of men to die and kill for the land they live in, and to punish with exceptional severity all members of their own race who have warmed their hands at the invader's earth.
Sir Winston Churchill talking about Boudica's revolt. During WW2
...But the person who was chiefly instrumental in rousing the natives ... and who directed the conduct of the entire war, was Boudica, a Briton woman of the Royal family and possessed of greater intelligence than often belongs to women.
Cassius Dio - Roman Historian. Unknown
Ignore the racket made by these savages. There are more women than men in their ranks. They are not soldiers - they're not even properly equipped. We've beaten them before and when they see our weapons and feel our spirit, they'll crack. Stick together. Throw the javelins, then push forward: knock them down with your shields and finish them off with your swords. Forget about booty. Just win and you'll have the lot.
Seutonius' speech (Battle of Watling Street), as reported by Tacitus 50 years later
We British are used to women commanders in war; I am descended from mighty men! But I am not fighting for my kingdom and wealth now. I am fighting as an ordinary person for my lost freedom, my bruised body, and my outraged daughters... Consider how many of you are fighting — and why! Then you will win this battle, or perish. That is what I, a woman, plan to do! — let the men live in slavery if they will.
Boudica's speech, according to Tacitus, Annals
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