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Updated on December 1, 2016

Boadicea led a rebellion against the Romans in Britain about A.D. 60, and captured a number of towns. Boadicea, whose name is also spelled Boudicca and Boudica, was the wife of Prasutagus, king of the Iceni, a British tribe in the first century. The Iceni lived in eastern England, in what are now the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk. When Prasutagus died about A.D. 61 the Romans seized his kingdom and ill-treated Queen Boadicea, her daughters, and other members of their tribe. Boadicea led a revolt of the Iceni who destroyed the Roman city of Camulodunum (Colchester). She defeated a Roman army and set fire to the Roman cities of Verulamium (St Albans) and Londinium (London). A Roman army,commanded by Suetonius Paulinus, met a British army somewhere in the Midlands. There were many more Britons than Romans but the Romans won an easy victory. Boadicea killed herself by taking poison to avoid being captured.


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