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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Continnuum-3PL; New Ed edition (21 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852855169
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852855161
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 298,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'...This account, by two archaeologists, is a good one, and gives us all that we know for sure about this interesting figure, and all the myths and fantasies which have been built up around her.'--Sanford Lakoff "Literary Review "

About the Author

Richard Hingley is Reader in Roman Archaeology at the University of Durham.

Christina Unwin is a graphic designer, illustrator and archaeologist.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Vandorou on 18 April 2009
great book loved that it analysed both the factual and fictional Boudicca
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Woman of Victory 7 April 2007
By K. Murphy - Published on Amazon.com
This book could not be given enough stars. It takes a fascinating episode in history, the revolt of the Queen of the Iceni of Britain in AD 60-61, and looks at it from historical, archaeological, literary, and mythical points of view. It shows how Boudica has went from simply the best-remembered of many contemporary British female warlords to variously being portrayed as a sadistic villian, a feminist hero, and a champion of British nationalism and politics. Overall, the book examines the real Boudica's role in history and her subsequent impact on modern Britain in a manner that is both informative and enjoyable to read. It is a fine source on Queen Boudica, the Celtic 'Woman of Victory' from every perspective!
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best book on Boudica yet 4 Jun 2008
By S. Johnston - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the best books on Boudica yet, and if you only read one, this should be the one you read. There is relatively little known about the woman that has become so important in some many ways to so many segments of society, and what is "known" should be treated with caution. Hingley and Unwin do an excellent job of showing what we do know, what we don't know, and what we might know but should think critically about in the context of the story of Boudica. They manage to create an interesting story without compromising on the evidence, avoiding what so many do when they say all the right things about biased sources and then mostly ignore what they just said and relate what those sources say as fact. Instead, Hingley and Unwin weave the critical assessment of both written and archaeological courses into their discussion in a way that keep it relevant to the story they tell. This story is given substance by the up-to-date discussion of current archaeological research on the period, which provides as useful review for professionals and interested others alike. The second half of the book was also interesting, providing a review of the ways in which "Boudica" became transformed into "Boadicea", the cultural icon variously of the right, the left, and the centre. This is far more standard in this type of literature, but nonetheless valuable in terms of what it brings to the table.
Probably most importantly, they manage to do all this in a highly readable fashion. Tackling the deconstruction of assumptions of Roman superiority, the inevitability of Romanization, and the uncritical use of written sources can often get mired down in jargon and so sail beyond what most people understand or care about. However, this book does it in a way that is both accessible and convincing. Nice job all around!
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All that is known about Boudica 29 Jan 2012
By bobofva - Published on Amazon.com
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The author gave all the available information about Boudica and gave us some intelligent quesses about the rest of her story. Even the cover picture of Boudica is the best available image of her. If you want to know Boudica's story, read this book.
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Boudica: Iron Age Warrior Queen 26 Feb 2013
By Wendy - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a terrific book. It includes excerpts from the Tacitus and Cassius Dio accounts and compares them to the general archaeological evidence of the time in a very readable and interesting way.
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Boudica 22 Oct 2013
By scarletsptember - Published on Amazon.com
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At times this was a little bogged down in explanations that had already been gone over earlier in the book. The images and maps were helpful in understanding the areas the authors were speaking about making a clearer picture for the reader. I liked how they overviewed the modern take on Boudica, how her image has been used throughout times and how she has impacted people throughout history.
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