Things you may not know about Boudica
Boudica in brief
Boudica is a legendary leader who inspired her people to rebel against the Romans when they did not honour her husband's will.
Boudica was queen of the Iceni during the early Roman occupation of Britain. However when her husband Prasutagus died and left half of his property and lands to their two daughters, and the other half to Rome, the Romans didn't respect his will and took control of all the land and possessions. They publicly flogged Boudica and dishonoured her daughters, inciting her to rebellion and vengeance.
Her people, who had previously been allies of the Romans, were also badly treated and they were willing to join forces with other rebellious Celtic tribes under her leadership. She led them to victory on three occasions, when they ransacked and destroyed Colchester, London and St. Albans. But, despite overwhelming numbers, the Britons lost the crucial Battle of Watling Street to the Romans. After the battle, the remaining Iceni dispersed or were captured and taken into slavery.
As a result of the defeat, the Romans occupied Britain for over 350 years. The Romans rebuilt and reinforced their settlements but they also took greater care in dealing with the British tribes than before and were maybe more respectful.
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