Boudica: The Life and Legends of Britain's Warrior Queen

Boudica The Life and Legends of Britain s Warrior Queen As Boudica has become well known as an icon of female leadership and strength the true story of her revolt against the Roman empire has only become distant until now

  • Title: Boudica: The Life and Legends of Britain's Warrior Queen
  • Author: Vanessa Collingridge
  • ISBN: 9781585677788
  • Page: 396
  • Format: Hardcover
  • As Boudica has become well known as an icon of female leadership and strength, the true story of her revolt against the Roman empire has only become distant until now.

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    1. I think it depends on how a reader is introduced to this subject. Collingridge fills the story with the backgrounds of the B.C. & A.D Roman invasions with the tribal lay of the land in Britain. Julius Ceasar, Cassius Dio and Tacitus provide the source material. Halfway through the book, Boudicca arrives. I could also do without, the image of the warrior queen through English history, at the end of the book. Elizabeth I, Victoria, Margaret Thatcher. However, the rebellion of the Iceni and the [...]

    2. Despite the title, Collingridge broadens the scope of this biography to help the readers understand the context she has existed in, including a history of Rome and its imperialism, the tribes that ancient Britain consisted of, and the entwined mythology of Boudica and Britannia in association with English queens Elizabeth and Victoria. If I hadn't recently read Mary Beard's SPQR or been well-versed in the Tudor dynasty, this might have been more appreciated - instead I skimmed through. I did enj [...]

    3. Interesting read, but felt as if the book had been padded out due to the paucity of the information available.

    4. My first introduction to Boudica came when I was about 13, in Pauline Gedge's The Eagle and the Raven (which I think I might re-read). Although that book's blurb makes it sound like it's mainly about Boudica, as I recall, she really only features briefly in the back half of the book. (She makes an impact, though — I remember pretty much nothing else from that book.)In a way, that's also true of this book, even though it's supposed to be a biography of her. There's lots of background as to what [...]

    5. To the Roman mind, the isles of Britain lay in the shadows between the light of civilized Empire and the dark depths of the unknown Oceanus which encircled the world. Naturally the ambition of the Caesars would be to attempt its capture. Repeated invasions led by both Julius Caesar himself and successors like Claudius created an effective Roman presence in wild Britannia, complete with a few cowed client states. Those who resisted were crushed or humiliated. When one tribe strayed from the strai [...]

    6. I'm very torn on how to rate this text, 3.5 would be better I suppose. If you are looking for a biography strictly of Boudica, you will be disappointed - this book largely deals with the legends of Boudica in the 2000 years since her death. The author can hardly be blamed though, as there is debate as to whether or not she ever existed in the first place. I'd like to think she was real, a strong female warrior who avenged the rape of her daughters and the mistreatment of her people, thoroughly d [...]

    7. An absolutely amazing book. Incredibly thorough and the best treatment of the material that I have ever read. It follows the impact of the woman, the events she caused, and the life of her story throughout the centuries. Beautifully and passionately written. Highly recommended. I adore this book. I've read it twice already.

    8. I felt cheated by the author and the publishers. This book is titled Boudica: A Groundbreaking Biography of the True Warrior Queen. This is definitely not a biography of Boudica and as for ‘groundbreaking’, I did not learn anything about Boudica I did not already know or one could find by checking our and a couple of google search results. The books consists of 378 pages!! Although Boudica is mentioned a few times in the ‘opening’ 169 pages (!!!), her story starts with Chapter 9 (page 1 [...]

    9. This is a history of Boudica, an ancient British Queen who led a failed uprising against the Romans. The book starts with a general history of Rome and its expansion into Britain. The author covers Boudica's rebellion through the eyes of archeological evidence and classical histories. The second half of the book is a historiographical study of Boudica as a symbol in British culture. This half also covers the creation of the British "Celtic" identity.I enjoyed the crash course in Roman history at [...]

    10. A highly readable inquiry into the ambiguity that surrounds Boudica's historical legacy, Collingridge investigates not only the events that set up Boudica's rebellion, she also looks at the rebellion and the various ways Boudica has been reappropriated throughout British history. True, towards the end I found the book to slow down a bit, but overall a solid 4.5.

    11. Damn. I really did want to like this book. I'm fascinated by the myths and legends surrounding Boudica (despite being American, which really just proves her drawing power), but Collingridge just didn't do it for me. I'd say it was four stars for research and subject, but only one star for the actual content. For starters, the editor didn't do a great job, and the writing wasn't as good as it could have been in my opinion. I'm not really asking for a dry textbook reading, I'd have liked something [...]

    12. Skip pages 1-168 and you have an excellent book. The first half contains all of Roman history in a nutshell (I know it's hard to talk about Britain without talking about the Romans, but do we really have to go all the way back to Aeneas?). Somewhere after the formation of the Republic, "The Life of Britain's Legendary Warrior Queen" becomes the life of Julius Caesar and his somewhat vaudevillian campaign in Britain. After a small smackerel of ancient British history, we finally get down to the W [...]

    13. This book covers almost the same territory as Boudica: Iron Age Warrior Queen and contains several quotes from that author Richard Hingley. The major exception being that Collingridge goes further back in time to Rome and Caesar to study their attitudes toward women in society as a backdrop for her research. Both books look at the classical authors and modern archaeology to tell their tales. Both books conclude we know very little about the woman known as Boudica--including her name, which might [...]

    14. ugh- 1.5 topsThis book is grossly misnamedIt should be called: "Boudica is a woman I'm not going to write about for the first half of the book and then I'll spend a few chapters analysing archaeological finds of three places her army swept through, while still not talking about her, and then discuss the so called ethics vs. benefits of metal detector wielding treasure hunters and finally in the last few chapters give you an interesting view of some of Britain's leading ladies; none of whom are B [...]

    15. To call this a book about Boudica is rather misleading. Rather, it is a book about the Roman occupation of Britain. In this framework, it is a decent book. But if you expect to read about a kick-butt queen, you will be disappointed.The author begins by explaining that to understand Boudica, you must understand the Roman history with Britain. Ok, I get it, and I even appreciated the biography of Julius Caesar that followed. But once we get to Claudius' invasion, the chronology becomes somewhat no [...]

    16. The first I'd heard of Boudica (or Boadicea as it was spelled then) was in the Eagle Eye Mysteries in London edutainment game- one of the Eagles' friends wrote a song inspired by her. Popped up again when I signed up for the library's winter reading program, which had a time-traveling theme- read a book written about, in or set different time periods, which is problematic for me because I tend to stick to either fantasy worlds or science. Didn't feel like reading about actual Romans for the 'Anc [...]

    17. The amount of work that went into this book, and the enthusiasm that kept the author pushing in through, is obvious. It has a light yet intelligent tone that makes it very readable, and it is very interesting indeed.The title is misleading, certainly if someone didn't know how close to impossible it is to find out anything solid about Boudica. I did know this, I hasten to add - but the only thing that makes it 'groundbreaking' and a 'true' biography is the pointing out that Boudica probably wasn [...]

    18. I was given this book as a gift and on seeing the title was anticipating a 'good read'. The author would appear to have undertaken considerable research into Stone Age Britain. However, the title of this book is somewhat of a misnomer perhaps because as she admits there is little historical record of Boudica who was denigrated by various Roman historians and then subsequently somewhat romanticised by playwrights. Reading of the Roman occupation of Britain was interesting. The section of the book [...]

    19. An easy read, however a bit misleading to call it a biography of Boudica as so little was actually known about her. I was interested having first heard of her (like most) at school and being from the Fens interested from a local history aspect.The book was recommended by the local bookstore. There is actually only 1 chapter in the book dealing directly with Boudica. There was a lot written about the Roman invasion and occupation of Britain (for historical context)A lot about the events leading u [...]

    20. This is a great book that give far more details than Boudica herself. It gives information about the time before and after the Iceni rebellion (war) against the Romans occupying Britain. It's a historical book not a novel and in my opinion one of the best about the enigmatic character who defied Rome for two years.Had Boudica been tactically aware, she was one battle away from overall victory and she and her Iceni army would have destroyed the occupation of Britain and the Romans would have prob [...]

    21. I did want to like this, but, I have yet to figure out what type of book it is. It contains some history, it is a partial travelogue and partial memoir and throws in some editorial moments as well as the odd essay. All in all I was left confused, and disappointed because I really did want to like it but the sum of its parts in no way creates a whole. Perhaps if edited to follow one or two of the major themes w(Boudicca, Britain's queens and their impact on culture, the clash then collaboration o [...]

    22. So little is known about Boudica that a great deal of Collingridge's book is about the Roman period in Britain, and the ongoing archaeology. I liked the book, because ongoing research into the Roman occupation of Britain is fascinating. What little we know about this warrior queen, of her and her daughters' brutal treatment by Romans, and Boudica's revenge is well written and interesting. But most of the book is about the field work. It's a great book for people interested in Brutish archaeology [...]

    23. Quite informative, although the most telling fact was how little is really known. Some quite surprising insights into the nationalistic fervour of celticism. Amazing how popular desire for an artificially created and engineered sense of identity can become established fact. Never really existed until 200 or so years ago. All Britons till then. Startling facts about Druidity as well. All in all, a well collected set of associated insights worth a peek.

    24. first half of the book was really interesting. i've already read all about the roman republic but it was a nice refresher and then the rest about boudica was all very interesting too when it went off on a tangent however into the realms of queen elizabeth, victoria, princess di and even the spice girls i started to lose interest. maybe one day i'll read a book on femenism but here i wanted to read about boudica i'm interested in history

    25. An incredibly interesting story, but so horribly written! The author uses run-on sentences like it's her job, and appears to now know how to use commas, colons, semicolons, or hyphens. This made it frustrating to try and piece together what on earth she was actually saying, rather than enjoying the flow of a good story.

    26. Interesting topic,but I find a bit misleading.It is more about Roman times in early Britain,probably due to a fact that so little evidence about Boudica has survived.Saying that a very well written and interesting book.

    27. I enjoyed this book about Boudica as it gives provides background about the Roman Empire and its conquest of Britain, information about what is know and not known about Boudica, and how Boudica has been portrayed over the centuries.

    28. pretty disappointing, i was expecting a book about a kickass iceni queen and instead i got a short history of rome. gave up about two chaoters in, for now i guess i'll have to remain satisfied with reruns of battlefield britain.

    29. This book was interesting and detailed. It was well written and researched. I always wanted to learn more about Boudica. There isn't much out there and this was helpful.

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