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Boudicca, Britain's Queen of the Iceni (The Legendary Women of World History Book 1) by [Rockefeller, Laurel A.]
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Born, raised, and educated in Lincoln, Nebraska USA Laurel A. Rockefeller is author of over twenty books published and self-published since August, 2012. A dedicated scholar and historian, Ms. Rockefeller is passionate about education and improving history literacy worldwide. With her easy to understand fireside storytelling style, Laurel A. Rockefeller is the historian for people who do not like history. In her spare time, Laurel enjoys spending time with her cockatiels, attending living history activities, travelling to historic places in both the United States and United Kingdom, and watching classic motion pictures and television series. Wedi ei geni, ei magu a’i haddysgu yn Lincoln, Nebraska yn UDA, mae Laurel A. Rockefeller yn awdur gyda thros ugain o lyfrau wedi’u cyhoeddi a’u hunan gyhoeddi ers Awst 2012. Yn hanesydd ac ysgolhaig ymroddedig, mae Ms. Rockefeller yn angerddol dros addysg a gwella llythrennedd hanes ledled y byd. Gydag arddull adrodd stori sy’n hawdd iawn i’w ddeall, Laurel A. Rockefeller yw’r hanesydd ar gyfer pobl nad ydynt yn hoffi hanes. Yn ei hamser rhydd, mae Laurel yn mwynhau treulio amser gyda’i pharotiaid copog, mynychu gweithgareddau hanes byw, teithio i lefydd hanesyddol yn yr Unol Daleithiau a’r Deyrnas Unedig, a gwylio ffilmiau a chyfresi teledu clasurol.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1492 KB
  • Print Length: 52 pages
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  • Publisher: Laurel A. Rockefeller (20 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J43RCN2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #612,292 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This was a review request and I genuinely liked it. Initially, I thought the writing was "child like", but as the story was being told as a fireside story from mother to daughter, then it was entirely apt and very clever to strip it back so far.
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
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This short book on Boudicca, the Queen of the Iceni, is part of a series designed to encourage schoolchildren to read the histories of famous women. There is an extensive bibliography for further reading, which includes the source material for Boudicca as well as background for the tribes of Britain. Included are reference maps and a study guide to expend the child's understanding of the texts.

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.
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This book was an excellent read; both enjoyable and educational at the same time, it's a pleasant way to learn a little history, and well worth reading.
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This story is a fine effort, as worthy as any other I have read. Why? "Boudicca" is a very complex story to tell. It is full of complexity and controversy. Why is there so much that we know about Boudicca, and at the same time, so little? Answer: This story is over a thousand years old. It was first recorded by the Roman historian Tacitus. He writes of these events, in his Annals, approximately 50 years after the events occurred. Most historians agree that his writing lacks objectivity. In other words, he had his own personal agenda, and it was critical of Rome.

(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?
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