Boudica's last stand: Britain's revolt against Rome, A.D. 60-61
It is Britain, AD 60. Three Roman towns are in ashes and thousands lie dead. With her new allies, the Trinovantes and the Catuvellauni, Boudica and the Iceni march defiantly towards their enemy. They seek one last pivotal victory to drive the Romans from their land forever. Not far away the Roman governor, Gaius Suetonius Paulinus awaits them. His ground chosen, his strategy decided, his small force awaits the great native army. If his strategy is sound they will prevail, if not they will be massacred, losing the province forever. Is it really revenge Boudica wants for the vile humiliations the Romans heaped on her? Or is she playing for much higher stakes? And Paulinus, can he defeat the odds to win the day? To answer these questions, this book will re examine events from a fresh, tactical perspective and produce a clearer picture of a revolt crushed on a newly suggested battle site, offering a new interpretation of a battle that decided 2000 years of Britain's cultural heritage.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
I wondered if I really needed yet another conjectural account of this episode based on the scanty and perhaps dubious literary evidence of Tacitus and Dio. Thus I found myself agreeing wholeheartedly with the author's opening chapter in which he effectively expresses more or less the same sentiments. Nevertheless, he then proceeds to do just that ...! At the core of Waite's reconstruction is a pair of hypotheses: that Boudica's revolt was not merely a simple act of revenge that took on a life of its own, but was premeditated, a carefully considered strategy that had a number of crucial goals; the site of her final battle was not at Mancetter, as is often quoted, but a few miles away at High Cross where the Fosse Way crosses Watling Street. Sadly, Waite avoids inclusion of any sources or footnotes, an omission which seriously undermines his credibility. Unsubstantiated probability, or even possibility, dressed as fact is often a bugbear of this type of book and there are many examples, particularly in the early chapters, where Waite falls into this trap (Antedios is a name found only on Icenian coins, yet here he acquires some 'history')! Waite often makes heavy weather of his arguments, exhibiting a tendency toward laboured verbosity and repetition, though his flowing style is easily digested by non-academics like me who, presumably, comprise his target audience. I found 'Boudica's Last Stand' to be interesting in places, but ultimately he takes too many liberties with the known facts and my credulity.
Review: Boudica's Last StandUser Review - Goodreads
Solid. Author knows his stuff, writes to show it. Prose was a little leaden. Recommended for period nerds.
Causes of the Revolt
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