Statue of Boadicea - London, UK
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N 51° 30.063 W 000° 07.428
30U E 699621 N 5709468
Quick Description: Boadicea (also known as Boudica)was queen of the British Iceni...and she led a rebellion against the Roman occupiers in 60 or 61 AD.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 3/18/2012 1:44:13 PM
Waymark Code: WME0T1
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member The Blue Quasar
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Long Description:
This toruism website (visit link) informs us:
"Statue of Boadicea

Westminster Bridge, Bridge Street, Westminster, London SW1

Boadicea or Boudica as she is sometime referred to was a great queen of Norfolk in the east of England during Roman times. She led a mass uprising against the occupying Roman forces. She was noted for her fearlessness in battle and has always been considered as England's first 'Iron Lady'. This fine bronze statue was created by Thomas Thornycroft in 1902 and has sat opposite parliament ever since."

Wikipedia (visit link) informs us:

"In AD 60 or 61, while the Roman governor, Gaius Suetonius Paulinus, was leading a campaign on the island of Anglesey in northern Wales, Boudica led the Iceni people, along with the Trinovantes and others, in revolt. They destroyed Camulodunum (modern Colchester), formerly the capital of the Trinovantes, but now a colonia (a settlement for discharged Roman soldiers) and the site of a temple to the former emperor Claudius, which was built and maintained at local expense. They also routed a Roman legion, the IX Hispana, sent to relieve the settlement.

On hearing the news of the revolt Suetonius hurried to Londinium (London), the twenty-year-old commercial settlement that was the rebels' next target. Concluding that he did not have the numbers to defend the settlement, Suetonius evacuated and abandoned it — Londinium was burnt to the ground, as was Verulamium (St Albans). An estimated 70,000–80,000 people were killed in the three cities (though the figures are suspect). Suetonius, meanwhile, regrouped his forces in the West Midlands and, despite being heavily outnumbered, defeated 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 re-secured Roman control of the province. Boudica then either killed herself so she would not be captured, or fell ill and died — the extant sources, Tacitus and Cassius Dio, differ.

Interest in the history of these events was revived during the English Renaissance and led to a resurgence of Boudica's legendary fame during the Victorian era, when Queen Victoria was portrayed as her 'namesake'. Boudica has since remained an important cultural symbol in the United Kingdom. The absence of native British literature during the early part of the first millennium means that Britain owes its knowledge of Boudica's rebellion solely to the writings of the Romans."
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