Roman London – The Boudiccan Revolt (60/61)

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Roman London  was razed to the ground  by revolting ancient Britons under Boudica or Boudicca (Boadicea of the Victorian re-imagining), the   Queen of the Iceni,  in 60 or 61, while the legions under the Governor Suetonius Paulinus were away attacking  the druid stronghold on  Anglesey.  Tacitus wrote:  “The inhabitants … who stayed because they were women, or old, or attached to the place, were slaughtered … .  … For the British … could not wait to cut throats, hang, burn and crucify – as though avenging, in advance, the retribution that was on its way (*)”.

(*) At the so-called Battle of Watling Street, the precise location of which remains unknown.

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One of the many purported locations for the battle is Ambresbury Banks in Epping Forest.

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