Boudica (Latinised as Boadicea or Boudicea /boʊdɪˈsiːə/, and
known in Welsh as Buddug [ˈbɨ̞ðɨ̞ɡ]) was a queen of the
Iceni tribe who led an uprising against the occupying
forces of the
Roman Empire in AD 60 or 61, and died shortly after its
failure: having supposedly poisoned herself. She is considered a
British folk hero.
Boudica's husband, Prasutagus, ruled as a nominally independent ally
of Rome and left his kingdom jointly to his daughters and the Roman
emperor in his will. However, when he died, his will was ignored, and
the kingdom was annexed and his property taken. According to Tacitus,
Boudica was flogged and her daughters raped.
Cassius Dio provides
an alternative explanation for Boudica's response, saying that
previous imperial donations to influential Britons were confiscated
and the Roman financier and philosopher Seneca called in the loans he
had forced on the reluctant Britons.
In AD 60 or 61, when the Roman governor
Gaius Suetonius Paulinus
Gaius Suetonius Paulinus was
campaigning on the island of
Anglesey off the northwest coast of
Boudica led the Iceni, the Trinovantes, and others in
revolt. They destroyed
Camulodunum (modern Colchester), earlier the
capital of the
Trinovantes but at that time a colonia, a settlement
for discharged Roman soldiers and site of a temple to the former
Emperor Claudius. Upon hearing of the revolt,
Suetonius hurried to
Londinium (modern London), the 20-year-old commercial settlement that
was the rebels' next target. The Romans, having concluded that they
lacked sufficient numbers to defend the settlement, evacuated and
Boudica led 100,000 Iceni, Trinovantes, and
others to fight Legio IX Hispana, and burned and destroyed Londinium
Verulamium (modern-day St Albans).
An estimated 70,000–80,000 Romans and British were then killed in
the three cities by those led by Boudica. Suetonius, meanwhile,
regrouped his forces in the West Midlands, and, despite being heavily
outnumbered, defeated the Britons in the Battle of Watling Street. The
Nero to consider withdrawing all Roman forces from
Britain, but Suetonius' eventual victory over
Boudica confirmed Roman
control of the province.
Boudica then either killed herself to avoid
capture, or died of illness. The extant sources, Tacitus and
Cassius Dio, differ.
Interest in these events revived in the
English Renaissance and led to
Boudica's fame in the Victorian era.
Boudica has 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 knowledge of Boudica's rebellion comes solely from the writings
of the Romans.
2.2 Boudica's uprising
2.3 Romans rally
2.4 Location of her defeat
2.5 Historical sources
3 Cultural depictions
Boudica and King's Cross
3.2 History and literature
3.4 Audio dramas
3.8 Multimedia fiction
3.13 Other cultural references
4 See also
6 Further reading
7 External links
Boudica has been known by several versions of her name. Raphael
Holinshed calls her Voadicia, while
Edmund Spenser calls her Bunduca,
a version of the name that was used in the popular Jacobean play
Bonduca, in 1612. William Cowper's poem, Boadicea, an ode (1782)
popularised an alternative version of the name. From the 19th
century until the late 20th century, Boadicea was the most common
version of the name, which is probably derived from a mistranscription
when a manuscript of
Tacitus was copied in the Middle Ages.
Her name was clearly spelled Boudicca in the best manuscripts of
Tacitus, but also Βουδουικα, Βουνδουικα, and
Βοδουικα in the (later and probably secondary) epitome of
Kenneth Jackson concludes, based on later development of Welsh and
Irish, that the name derives from the Proto-Celtic feminine adjective
*boudīkā, "victorious", that in turn is derived from the Celtic word
*boudā, "victory" (cf. Irish bua (Classical Irish buadh), Buaidheach,
Welsh buddugoliaeth), and that the correct spelling of the name in
Common Brittonic (the British Celtic language) is Boudica, pronounced
[bɒʊˈdiːkaː]. The Gaulish version is attested in inscriptions as
Boudiga in Bordeaux,
Boudica in Lusitania, and Bodicca in
The closest English equivalent to the vowel in the first syllable is
the ow in "bow-and-arrow". It has been suggested that the most
comparable English name, in meaning only, would be "Victoria".
Iceni territory in eastern England; modern county borders
Cassius Dio agree that
Boudica was of royal descent. Dio
describes her as "possessed of greater intelligence than often belongs
to women." He also describes her as tall, with tawny hair hanging down
to below her waist, a harsh voice and a piercing glare. He notes that
she habitually wore a large golden necklace (perhaps a torc), a
colourful tunic, and a thick cloak fastened by a brooch.
Boudica’s husband, Prasutagus, was the king of the Iceni, a people
who inhabited roughly what is now Norfolk. The
voluntarily allied with Rome following Claudius's conquest of southern
Britain in AD 43. They were proud of their independence, and had
revolted in AD 47 when the then Roman governor Publius Ostorius
Scapula planned to disarm all the peoples in the area of Britain under
Roman control following a number of local uprisings. Ostorius defeated
them and went on to put down other uprisings around Britain. The
Iceni remained independent.
Tacitus first mentioned
Prasutagus when he
wrote about Boudica’s rebellion. We do not know whether he became
the king after the mentioned defeat of the Iceni. The client
relationship with Rome ended after the end of the rebellion.
Tacitus wrote "The Icenian king Prasutagus, celebrated for his long
prosperity, had named the emperor his heir, together with his two
daughters; an act of deference which he thought would place his
kingdom and household beyond the risk of injury. The result was
contrary — so much so that his kingdom was pillaged by centurions,
his household by slaves; as though they had been prizes of war." He
Boudica was lashed and her two daughters were raped and
that the estates of the leading
Iceni men were confiscated.
Cassius Dio wrote: "An excuse for the war was found in the
confiscation of the sums of money that
Claudius had given to the
foremost Britons; for these sums, as Decianus Catus, the procurator of
the island maintained, were to be paid back." He also said that
another reason was "the fact that Seneca, in the hope of receiving a
good rate of interest, had lent to the islanders 40,000,000 sesterces
that they did not want, and had afterwards called in this loan all at
once and had resorted to severe measures in exacting it."
Tacitus did not say why Prasutagus's naming the emperor as his heir as
well as his daughters was meant to avert the risk of injury. He did
not explain why the Romans pillaged the kingdom, why they took the
lands of the chiefs or why
Boudica was flogged and her daughters were
Cassius Dio did not mention any of this. He said that the cause
of the rebellion was the decision of the procurator of Britain (the
chief financial officer) and Seneca (an advisor of the emperor Nero)
to call in Prasutagus's debts and the harsh measures which were taken
to collect them.
Tacitus does not mention these events. However, he
wrote: "Alarmed by this disaster and by the fury of the province which
he had goaded into war by his rapacity, the procurator Catus crossed
over into Gaul."
It has to be noted that this was happening while the governor of
Suetonius Paulinus, was away fighting in North Wales.
We do not know whether he approved of these actions. We do not know
who the centurions who pillaged the kingdom were and who sent them.
The text of
Cassius Dio seems to suggest that Seneca, who was a
private citizen, was responsible for the violence. It is unlikely that
a legion was sent to the land of the
Iceni as two of them were
fighting at the island of
Anglesey and the other two were stationed at
Tacitus said that "It was against the veterans that
their hatred was most intense. For these new settlers in the colony of
Camulodunum drove people out of their houses, ejected them from their
farms, called them captives and slaves ...."
In AD 60 or 61, while the current governor, Gaius
was leading a campaign against the island of Mona (modern Anglesey) in
the north of Wales, which was a refuge for British rebels and a
stronghold of the druids, the
Iceni conspired with their neighbours
the Trinovantes, amongst others, to revolt.
Boudica was chosen as
Tacitus records that she addressed her army with these
words, " It is not as a woman descended from noble ancestry, but as
one of the people that I am avenging lost freedom, my scourged body,
the outraged chastity of my daughters," and concluded " This is a
woman's resolve; as for men, they may live and be slaves."
According to Tacitus, they drew inspiration from the example of
Arminius, the prince of the
Cherusci who had driven the Romans out of
Germany in AD 9, and their own ancestors who had driven Julius Caesar
from Britain. Dio says that at the outset
Boudica employed a form
of divination, releasing a hare from the folds of her dress and
interpreting the direction in which it ran, and invoked Andraste, a
British goddess of victory.
The rebels' first target was
Camulodunum (Colchester), the former
Trinovantian capital and, at that time, a Roman colonia. The Roman
veterans who had been settled there mistreated the locals and a temple
to the former emperor
Claudius had been erected there at local
expense, making the city a focus for resentment. The Roman inhabitants
sought reinforcements from the procurator, Catus Decianus, but he sent
only two hundred auxiliary troops. Boudica's army fell on the poorly
defended city and destroyed it, besieging the last defenders in the
temple for two days before it fell. Archaeologists have shown that the
city was methodically demolished. The future governor Quintus
Petillius Cerialis, then commanding the Legio IX Hispana, attempted to
relieve the city, but suffered an overwhelming defeat. His infantry
was wiped out—only the commander and some of his cavalry escaped.
The location of this famous destruction of the Legio IX is now claimed
by some to be the village of Great Wratting, in Suffolk, which lies in
the Stour Valley on the
Icknield Way West of Colchester, and by a
village in Essex. After this defeat,
Catus Decianus fled to Gaul.
When news of the rebellion reached him,
Suetonius hurried along
Watling Street through hostile territory to Londinium.
Londinium was a
relatively new settlement, founded after the conquest of AD 43, but it
had grown to be a thriving commercial centre with a population of
travellers, traders, and, probably, Roman officials. Suetonius
considered giving battle there, but considering his lack of numbers
and chastened by Petillius's defeat, decided to sacrifice the city to
save the province.
Alarmed by this disaster and by the fury of the province which he had
goaded into war by his rapacity, the procurator Catus crossed over
into Gaul. Suetonius, however, with wonderful resolution, marched
amidst a hostile population to Londinium, which, though
undistinguished by the name of a colony, was much frequented by a
number of merchants and trading vessels. Uncertain whether he should
choose it as a seat of war, as he looked round on his scanty force of
soldiers, and remembered with what a serious warning the rashness of
Petilius had been punished, he resolved to save the province at the
cost of a single town. Nor did the tears and weeping of the people, as
they implored his aid, deter him from giving the signal of departure
and receiving into his army all who would go with him. Those who were
chained to the spot by the weakness of their sex, or the infirmity of
age, or the attractions of the place, were cut off by the enemy.—
Londinium was abandoned to the rebels who burnt it down, slaughtering
anyone who had not evacuated with Suetonius.
Archaeology shows a thick
red layer of burnt debris covering coins and pottery dating before AD
60 within the bounds of Roman Londinium; while Roman-era skulls
found in the
Walbrook in 2013 were potentially linked to victims of
Verulamium (St Albans) was next to be destroyed.
In the three settlements destroyed, between seventy and eighty
thousand people are said to have been killed.
Tacitus says that the
Britons had no interest in taking or selling prisoners, only in
slaughter by gibbet, fire, or cross. Dio's account gives more
detail; that the noblest women were impaled on spikes and had their
breasts cut off and sewn to their mouths, "to the accompaniment of
sacrifices, banquets, and wanton behaviour" in sacred places,
particularly the groves of Andraste.
See also: Battle of Watling Street
While Boudica's army continued their assault in
Suetonius regrouped his forces. According to Tacitus, he
amassed a force including his own Legio XIV Gemina, some vexillationes
(detachments) of the XX Valeria Victrix, and any available
auxiliaries. The prefect of Legio II Augusta, Poenius Postumus,
stationed near Exeter, ignored the call, and a fourth legion, IX
Hispana, had been routed trying to relieve Camulodunum, but
nonetheless the governor was able to call on almost ten thousand men.
Suetonius took a stand at an unidentified location, probably in the
West Midlands somewhere along the
Roman road now known as Watling
Street, in a defile with a wood behind him — but his men were
heavily outnumbered. Dio says that, even if they were lined up one
deep, they would not have extended the length of Boudica's line. By
now the rebel forces were said to have numbered 230,000. However, this
number should be treated with scepticism — Dio's account is
known only from a late epitome, and ancient sources commonly
exaggerate enemy numbers.
Boudica exhorted her troops from her chariot, her daughters beside
Tacitus records her giving a short speech in which she presents
herself not as an aristocrat avenging her lost wealth, but as an
ordinary person, avenging her lost freedom, her battered body, and the
abused chastity of her daughters. She said their cause was just, and
the deities were on their side; the one legion that had dared to face
them had been destroyed. She, a woman, was resolved to win or die; if
the men wanted to live in slavery, that was their choice.
However, the lack of manoeuvrability of the British forces, combined
with lack of open-field tactics to command these numbers, put them at
a disadvantage to the Romans, who were skilled at open combat due to
their superior equipment and discipline. Also, the narrowness of the
field meant that
Boudica could put forth only as many troops as the
Romans could at a given time.
First, the Romans stood their ground and used volleys of pila (heavy
javelins) to kill thousands of Britons who were rushing toward the
Roman lines. The Roman soldiers, who had now used up their pila, were
then able to engage Boudica's second wave in the open. As the Romans
advanced in a wedge formation, the Britons attempted to flee, but were
impeded by the presence of their own families, whom they had stationed
in a ring of wagons at the edge of the battlefield, and were
slaughtered. This is not the first instance of this tactic — the
women of the Cimbri, in the
Battle of Vercellae
Battle of Vercellae against Gaius Marius,
were stationed in a line of wagons and acted as a last line of
Ariovistus of the
Suebi is reported to have done the same
thing in his battle against Julius Caesar.
Tacitus reports that
"according to one report almost eighty thousand Britons fell" compared
with only four hundred Romans.
Tacitus in his Annals,
Boudica poisoned herself, though
in the Agricola which was written almost twenty years prior he
mentions nothing of suicide and attributes the end of the revolt to
socordia ("indolence"); Dio says she fell sick and died and then was
given a lavish burial; though this may be a convenient way to remove
her from the story. Considering Dio must have read Tacitus, it is
worth noting he mentions nothing about suicide (which was also how
Nero ended their lives).
Postumus, on hearing of the Roman victory, fell on his sword.[citation
needed] Catus Decianus, who had fled to Gaul, was replaced by Gaius
Julius Alpinus Classicianus.
Suetonius conducted punitive operations,
but criticism by Classicianus led to an investigation headed by Nero's
freedman Polyclitus. Fearing Suetonius's actions
would provoke further rebellion,
Nero replaced the governor with the
more conciliatory Publius Petronius Turpilianus. The historian
Suetonius Tranquillus tells us the crisis had almost persuaded
Nero to abandon Britain. No historical records tell us what had
happened to Boudica's two daughters.
Location of her defeat
The location of Boudica's defeat is unknown. Most
historians favour a site in the West Midlands,
somewhere along the
Roman road now known as Watling Street.
Kevin K. Carroll suggests a site close to High Cross in
Leicestershire, on the junction of
Watling Street and the Fosse Way,
which would have allowed the Legio II Augusta, based at Exeter, to
rendezvous with the rest of Suetonius's forces, had they not failed to
Manduessedum (Mancetter), near the modern town of
Atherstone in Warwickshire, has also been suggested, as has "The
Messing in Essex, according to legend. More
recently, a discovery of Roman artefacts in
Kings Norton close to
Metchley Camp has suggested another possibility, and a thorough
examination of a stretch of
Watling Street between St. Albans,
Boudica's last known location, and the
Fosse Way junction has
suggested the Cuttle Mill area of
Paulerspury in Northamptonshire,
which has topography very closely matching that described by Tacitus
of the scene of the battle.
In 2009 it was suggested that the
Iceni were returning to East Anglia
Icknield Way when they encountered the Roman army in the
vicinity of Arbury Banks, Hertfordshire. In March 2010, evidence
was published suggesting the site may be located at Church Stowe,
Tacitus took a particular interest in Britain as his father-in-law
Gnaeus Julius Agricola
Gnaeus Julius Agricola served there three times (and was the subject
of his first book). Agricola was a military tribune under Suetonius
Paulinus, which almost certainly gave
Tacitus an eyewitness source for
Boudica's revolt. Cassius Dio's account is only known from an epitome,
and his sources are uncertain. He is generally agreed to have based
his account on that of Tacitus, but he simplifies the sequence of
events and adds details, such as the calling in of loans, that Tacitus
does not mention.
Buddug is likely to have been a figure of praise in the post-Roman
Bardic tradition of the British Celts. In his 6th century work On the
Ruin and Conquest of Britain, the monk
Gildas demonstrates his
knowledge of this tradition, but is critical of the anti-Roman
"A treacherous lioness butchered the governors who had been left to
give fuller voice and strength to the endeavors of Roman rule".
Buddug has yet to be conclusively identified within the cannon of
medieval Welsh literature and she is not apparent in the Historia
Mabinogion or Geoffrey of Monmouth's History of the
Kings of Britain.
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Boudica and King's Cross
The area of King's Cross,
London was previously a village known as
Battle Bridge which was an ancient crossing of the River Fleet. The
original name of the bridge was Broad Ford Bridge.
The name "Battle Bridge" led to a tradition that this was the site of
a major battle between the Romans and the
Iceni tribe led by
Boudica. The tradition is not supported by any historical evidence
and is rejected by modern historians. However, Lewis Spence's 1937
book Boadicea — warrior queen of the Britons went so far as to
include a map showing the positions of the opposing armies. There is a
belief that she was buried between platforms 9 and 10 in King's Cross
station in London, England. There is no evidence for this and it is
probably a post-
World War II
World War II invention.
History and literature
The first English writings appear during the reign of Queen Elizabeth
following the rediscovery of the works of Tacitus.
Polydore Vergil may
have reintroduced her to British history as "Voadicea" in 1534.
Raphael Holinshed also included her story in his Chronicles (1577),
Tacitus and Dio, and inspired Shakespeare's younger
Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher to write a play,
Bonduca, in 1610.
William Cowper wrote a popular poem, "Boadicea,
an ode", in 1782.
It was in the
Victorian era that Boudica's fame took on legendary
Queen Victoria came to be seen as Boudica's "namesake",
their names being identical in meaning. Victoria's Poet Laureate,
Alfred, Lord Tennyson, wrote a poem, "Boadicea", and several ships
were named after her.
The Dinner Party
The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago features a place setting
The Artwork Boadicea Haranguing the Britons by H.C Selous. Courtesy of
the Mansell Collection.
Big Finish Productions
Big Finish Productions
Doctor Who audio play The Wrath of the
Iceni (2012), starring Tom Baker, takes place during Boudica's
uprising against the Romans.
Boudica is portrayed by British actress
Heirloom Audio Productions' audio theater adaption of G.A. Henty's
novel, Beric the Briton, starring Brian Blessed, Brian Cox, and John
Rhys-Davies features Queen Boadicea during the first portion of the
drama. Her character is played by British actress, Honeysuckle Weeks.
She has also appeared in several comic book series, including:
Sláine, which featured two runs, titled "Demon Killer" and "Queen of
Witches" giving a free interpretation of Boudica's story
DC Comics character Boodikka, a member of the Green Lantern Corps,
was named after Boudica.
Boudica has been the subject of multiple films:
Boadicea (1927) is a feature film, wherein she was portrayed by
The Viking Queen
The Viking Queen (1967) is a
Hammer Films adventure movie set in
ancient Britain, in which the role of Queen Salina is based upon the
historical figure of Boudica.
In 1980, an hour long BBC documentary film by Michael Wood entitled
"In Search of Boadicea"
Warrior Queen in the US) is a UK TV film written by
Andrew Davies and starring
Alex Kingston as Boudica.
Warrior Women with Lucy Lawless, a television series from 2003,
includes an episode on
Boudica with dramatizations and historians'
A History Channel documentary production is entitled Warrior Queen
In Civilization II, Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword and Civilization
V: Gods & Kings, Boudicca is leader of the Celts.
In Ryse: Son of Rome,
Boudica is leader of the barbarians that invade
Rome. The real life
Boudica was, however, very unlike the one
portrayed in the game.
In the fictional world of Ghosts of Albion, Queen Bodicea is one of
three Ghosts who once were mystical protectors of Albion and assists
the current protectors with advice and knowledge.
Irish singer and musician
Enya has a song titled "Boadicea" on her
Enya (also released as The Celts). The song was later
sampled by various other artists, most famously by
Fugees in the song
"Ready or Not" (from their 1996 album The Score).
Adrian von Ziegler says that
Boudica and her desire and
fight for freedom greatly influenced his composition of the non-vocal
melody of the same name ("Celtic Music - Freedom"). The song is
included as part of his The Complete Discography Digital Album.
Boudica's story is the subject of several novels, including books by
J. F. Broxholme (a pseudonym of Duncan Kyle), Pauline Gedge, Alan
Gold, Mary Mackie, Diana L. Paxson, Simon Scarrow, Manda Scott, George
Shipway, Rosemary Sutcliff, and David Wishart.
In Chapter XXI of Lindsey Davis' first Falco mystery, The Silver Pigs,
Falco briefly recounts the story of the rebellion from his
perspective, having served in the Second legion of the Roman army,
under the "peabrained" Camp Prefect, Poenius Postumus. Throughout the
book, he references the shame of having served under that illustrious
leader and of being involved in that event.
She plays a central role in the first part of G. A. Henty's novel
Beric the Briton
The Mauritius Command
The Mauritius Command by Patrick O'Brian, the fourth novel of the
Aubrey-Maturin series, Jack Aubrey is given command of the
Tim Powers' vampire novel Hide Me Among the Graves (2012) depicts
Boadicea as one of the two head vampires menacing Victorian Europe.
Henry Treece's children's novel, The Queen's Brooch, is set during her
One of the viewpoint characters of Ian Watson's novel Oracle is an
eyewitness to her defeat.
In Harry Turtledove's alternate history novel Ruled Britannia,
Boudicca is the subject of a play written by
William Shakespeare to
incite the people of Britain to revolt against Spanish conquerors.
Mentioned as a source for character development and inspiration for
Tessa Grey in Cassandra Clare's young adult novel,"Clockwork Angel"
Detail of Thomas Thornycroft's Boadicea
Boadicea and Her Daughters, a statue of the queen in her war chariot
(anachronistically furnished with scythes after the Persian fashion)
was executed by
Thomas Thornycroft over the 1850s and 1860s with the
encouragement of Prince Albert, who lent his horses for use as
models. Thornycroft exhibited the head separately in 1864. It was
cast in bronze in 1902, 17 years after Thornycroft's death, by his son
Sir John, who presented it to the
London County Council. They erected
it on a plinth on the
Victoria Embankment next to Westminster Bridge
and the Houses of Parliament, inscribed with the following lines from
Regions Caesar never knew
Thy posterity shall sway.
Ironically, the great anti-imperialist rebel was now identified with
the head of the British Empire, and her statue stood guard over
the city she razed to the ground.
Boudica (Buddug) was chosen as one of eleven statues of historical
figures chosen by the Welsh public to be included in The Marble Hall
at Cardiff City Hall. The statue was unveiled by
David Lloyd George
David Lloyd George on
27 October 1916. The popularity of Buddug alongside other Welsh heroes
St David and
Owain Glyndwr was surprising to many, of the
statues Buddug is the most ancient, the only female, and the only
antecedent from outside the modern Welsh nation.
Boudicca is a character in the animated series Gargoyles.
She was the subject of a 1978 British TV series, Warrior Queen,
Siân Phillips as Boudica.
In The Vicar of Dibley, the vicar Geraldine Grainger gives her true
given name as "Boadicea" which is implied to be a homage to Boudica.
This form of the name was preferred in much of the 20th Century.
Jennifer Ward-Lealand portrayed
Boudica in an episode of Xena: Warrior
Princess titled "The Deliverer" (1997).
In July 2008, the British television series Bonekickers, dedicated an
Boudica in the episode named "The Eternal Fire". Various
female politicians, including former
Prime Minister of New Zealand
Helen Clark, have been called Boadicea.
Martha Howe-Douglas and
Lorna Watson played
Boudica in Horrible
Kirsty Mitchell played
Boudica in an episode of the History Channel's
Barbarians Rising series titled "Revenge" (2016). The episode depicts
Boudica as dying in battle after being run through by a Roman soldier,
and one of her daughters being killed by a cavalryman, though the
website for the series notes Tacitus' version of her suicide.
History Bites dedicated a 2002 episode to Boudica, titled
Xena's Evil Sister. In it,
Boudica (Janet van de Graaf) and a "Louise"
(a fictionalized version of one of her daughters, played by Teresa
Pavlinek) are depicted as rampaging across Britain in a parody of the
1991 film Thelma and Louise, climaxing with
Boudica and Louise
suicidally driving their chariot off a cliff after being surrounded by
Other cultural references
In 2003, a long terminal repeat retrotransposon from the genome of the
human blood fluke
Schistosoma mansoni was named "Boudicca".
The Boudicca retrotransposon, a high-copy retroviral-like element, was
the first mobile genetic element of this type to be discovered in S.
In September 2017
Shakespeare's Globe in
London will present a new
play by Tristan Bernays.
Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd
List of women warriors in folklore
Women in ancient warfare
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