Queen Boudica - The True Story
Boudica Queen of the British Iceni tribe, a Briton tribe, was the tribe leader and High Priestess. It is often told by the Romans that she was not always the leader and only became the leader on her husbands death, this is a lie.
Boudica's husband Prasutagus was never ruler of the Iceni tribe, he was never an ally of Rome, and had not left his kingdom jointly to his daughters and the Roman Emperor in his Will. This was all made up by the Romans, who wanted to justify their barbaric acts.
They did not like the fact that all the Briton tribes were led by female High Priestess Queens. They wanted to cover this up, so invented a male Priestly caste called 'Druids' and said that the tribes had Kings as leaders. They made out that the Druids were partaking in human sacrifices and all kinds. All Briton tribes were in fact matriarchal, and each tribe had its very own High Priestess Queen, who only became the Queen through her own high spiritual attainment.
The Romans forged Prasutagus's Will, and Boudica was flogged, her daughters were raped, and Roman financiers called in their supposed loans.
Boudica quickly gathered all the tribe leaders together and led an uprising against the occupying forces of the Roman Empire.
In AD 60 or 61, while the Roman governor Gaius Suetonius Paulinus was leading a campaign on the island of Anglesey off the northwest coast of Wales, Boudica led the Iceni as well as the Trinovantes and others in revolt. They destroyed Camulodunum, which is modern Colchester. Camulodunum was earlier the capital of the Trinovantes, but at that time was a colonia - a settlement for discharged Roman soldiers, as well as the site of a temple to the former Emperor Claudius. Upon hearing the news of the revolt, Suetonius hurried to Londinium (modern London), the twenty-year-old commercial settlement that was the rebels' next target.
Concluding that they did not have the numbers to defend the settlement, it was evacuated and abandoned. Boudica led 100,000 Iceni, Trinovantes and others to fight the Legio IX Hispana and burned and destroyed Londinium, and Verulamium (modern-day St Albans). An estimated 70,000–80,000 Romans were killed in the three cities by those led by Boudica. Suetonius, meanwhile, regrouped his forces in the West Midlands, and despite being heavily outnumbered, managed to defeat the Britons in the Battle of Watling Street.
The crisis caused the Emperor Nero to consider withdrawing all Roman forces from Britain, but Suetonius' eventual victory over Boudica resecured Roman control of the province.
Boudica and the others had wanted to remove the Romans from Britain completely, but had failed. Boudica then escaped with her daughters to Scotland, where she lived out the rest of her days with her Pictish cousins. Her grave is not in England like many think. It is in Scotland.
The Romans also made up lies about the Picts and Britons, they said they were war-like and nasty aggressive people. In reality they were just trying to defend their tribes from Roman invasion.
The Romans talked about them wearing war paint. Again this is made to sound fearsome and brutish. The reasons they painted themselves was usually only for when they were hunting, as camouflage, which was never needed for war, until the Romans got there. They also painted themselves for special ceremonies. The protection ceremonies they performed before going to face the Romans would have involved being painted with special sigils for your tribe and protection amulets. Including the Evil Eye.
The Briton tribes did not fight each other, they were based on a trade, care and share structure, which meant no one would have to go without. Again the Romans made up lies about this too.
.. Tau Tia L Douglass OIO-KHTGP, CSsM&J.
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