|Subject: This land is my land ... this land is your land ...|
|From: Veronica |
|Date: 17/11/13 7:25 pm|
Boudica’s Iceni, together with the neighbouring tribe, the Trinovantes (i.e. fundamentally “East Anglia”), fought the Roman Invasion, in 60 or 61 AD. They attacked and burned Colchester, London and St. Albans to the ground, and killed every Roman they found there, and those along the way.
The Romans were actually considering “getting the hell out” of Britain, because it was costing them far too much, in all ways.
The Iceni & Trinovantes ended up somewhere in the Midlands, to face a small Roman Army, outnumbering the Romans about 5 to 1.
And yet they were slaughtered.
The Roman General had picked a spot to his total advantage … flanked by woodlands on 3 sides.
The Iceni & Trinovantes were masters of guerrilla warfare – especially in woodlands – something the Roman General (Suetonius) quite probably didn’t realise, when he picked that spot.
And yet, with that massive possible advantage,
to charge the Roman Army full on – to the front.
To the Roman’s maximum advantage.
And so the Iceni & Trinovantes were
(I guess that’s what one gets for “following Leaders”?)
1. The bravest English woman who ever lived
2. The most badly advised English woman who ever lived.
still, I think, an inspiration.
For me, anyway.
I think - we do what we do - with the inspiration of people like her, behind us.
Because she did it all for exactly the right reasons.