THE WARRIOR QUEEN
Boudica was born of royal descent in 21AD. Boudica’s husband, Prasutagus, was King of the Iceni, a tribe of proud Celtic warriors in the Roman province of Britannia. The Empire made repeated attempts to disarm and defeat the Iceni but was unsuccessful, ultimately deciding to sue for peace rather than continue fighting the rebels. Prasutagus became a favored ally. He made the Roman emperor co-heir to his kingdom, alongside his wife and two daughters. In return, the Iceni received large loans from Rome.
Upon the King’s death, Rome ignored his wish to leave his kingdom to his daughters. What followed prompted one of the bloodiest rebellions in history.
THE PAINTED ISLANDERS
Their skin dyed with blue woad war-paint, Boudica’s Celts inhabit the eastern plains of the British Isles, roaming the countryside in their chariots. The Britons were a mixture of Celts and older and more mysterious cultures that dated from around the building of Stonehenge. They had sophisticated cultures, towns and advanced craftsmanship. They were skilled in gold and bronze working and produced their own currency.
Range: Southeast Britain