Briton bashes Bad
- After the Romans had conquered
most of Britain, they ruled the British tribal areas by making
friendly tribes into client-kingdoms.
- Their king of the
tribe became a client-king who accepted the Emperor as his
superior. On these was King Praswtag of the Iceni (pronounced
Eye-keen-ee) tribe from Norfolk.
- When he died in AD 61,
he left his kingdom to his wife, Queen Boudica (pronounced
- But the Romans took over
Norfolk and flogged (beat with a whip) Boudica.
- She raised a great army
and marched on the Roman town
of Camulodunum (pronounced Camel-o-doon-um, now
Colchester). The Britons there had been forced to build a huge
temple to the Emperor Claudius.
- She was joined by lots
of Britons who hated the Roman invaders. They burnt down the
town and killed all the Romans there.
- The 9th Legion of the Roman
to fight them, but the Romans were defeated in battle.
- The Roman general,
Suetonius, evacuated Londinium (London) and gathered together
the 14th Legion and some of the 20th Legion to fight the
- Boudica and her army
burnt Londinium and then Verulamium (pronounced
Wer-oo-lame-ee-um, now St. Albans).
- They the met the Romans
in battle somewhere in the Midlands. The Romans had about
10,000 men. The British are said to have had 23 times that
many. Can this be true?
- The Romans won the
battle because of their great tactics. Boudica poisoned
- The Romans were here to