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Boudicca, Britain's Queen of the Iceni (The Legendary Women of World History Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Book chronicles the adult life of Boudicca who escapes from a life of service to become Queen of the Iceni through a chance meeting in a Roman marketplace. Though, I have no doubt that she genuinely loved and respected her husband.
Following his death she was forced to watch the beating and rape of her daughters before refusing to give in even after a public flogging and taking on the battle to defend her people. A skilled politician she uses her and her daughters' suffering to whip up support in a cry to arms.
To conclude the book is beautifully written and an excellent way to engage people into history who may not have engaged before
The difficulty of writing the story of such an iconic woman is the paucity of independent evidence for her life; even her origins and the circumstances of her death are uncertain. They say written history belongs to the victor, so we only have the story from the Roman side. The Celtic tribes of Briton left no written records. By the time the Saxon invaders were able to write their own history and that of the Britons before them, several hundred years later, Boudicca had been completely forgotten and fails to surface even in lore. It wasn't until the books of Tacitus were rediscovered during the Italian Renaissance, almost a millennium and a half after the event, that British scholars heard of this striking red-haired queen for the first time and began to write speculative stories about this heroic figure and scourge of the Roman occupying army. Even then, her name was often mistranslated. The nearest translation to her name is Victorious, so in time she became a symbol for the Victorians as a strong female and is now intrinsically woven into the fabric of British history and lore.
The Iceni were a peaceful but marginal people, who occupied the flat fertile plains of modern day Norfolk. Like the other Celts of Britain, they were invaders too, and had probably only occupied their land for six or seven generations before the Romans threatened their borders.Read more ›
(quote) Tacitus' "Annals of Imperial Rome" recount the major historical events from the years shortly before the death of Augustus up to the death of Nero in AD 68. With clarity and vivid intensity, he describes the reign of terror under the corrupt Tiberius, the great fire of Rome during the time of Nero, and the wars, poisonings, scandals, conspiracies and murders that were part of imperial life.
Despite his claim that the Annals were written objectively, Tacitus' account is sharply critical of the emperors' excesses. Tacitus is fearful for the future of Imperial Rome, while also filled with a longing for its past glories." (end of quote) Source: "The Annals of Imperial Rome" - Tacitus
We can best understand Tacitus by examining an excerpt of his writing style: (quote) "In the procession, the most visible statues were those of Brutus and Cassius, precisely because they were not there". (end of quote) Tacitus is a writer who has mastered the art of criticism without opening himself up to an accusation of disloyalty. You must read him between the lines.
Let us turn now to Laurel Rockefeller. What has she given us?Read more ›
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Gave me the background history I wanted but was not child friendly to use in the classroom. More of an adult text.Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
Much smaller book than I expected and was not very large print, which I particularly wanted.Published on 25 Oct. 2014 by Amazon Customer
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