Boudica: The Life and Legends of Britain's Warrior Queen

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A historical account of the first-century Iceni leader who became legendary for her near-success in driving the Romans out of occupied Britain draws on new research and recent archaeological discoveries to reveal the subtler facts behind her mythological persona, in an account that also evaluates her role in Celtic culture and feminist and nationalist movements.

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Boudica has been mythologized as the woman who dared to take on the Romans to avenge her daughters, her tribe, and her enslaved country. Her immortality rests on the fact that she almost drove the Romans out of Britain, and her legend has become the reference point for any British woman in power, from Elizabeth I to Margaret Thatcher. As Boudica has become well known as an icon of female leadership and strength, the true story of her revolt against the Roman empire has only become more distant- until now. Combining new research and recent archaeological discoveries, Vanessa Collingridge has written a major new biography on this shadowy and often misunderstood figure of ancient history. Boudica provides a detailed history of the "Celtomania" that has adopted Boudica as its earliest hero, and the nationalist and feminist causes that have also tried to claim her as their own. While tracking the origins and impact of the various versions of the Boudica legend, Vanessa Collingridge unearth a historical woman who is far subtler- but every bit as fascinating- as the myths associated to her name.

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VANESSA COLLINGRIDGE is the co-anchor of Britain's news program "Tonight" and writes a column for "The Daily Telegraph." She studied geography at Oxford University and is currently a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

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