Former International Star of Evita, Michele Breeze, presents and acts in her own documentary / musical drama about the Celtic warrior Queen Boudicca (Boadicea) and her struggle against Roman occupation and oppression of Britain in AD61. She is flying in the face of accepted history regarding Boudicca's demise as we only have Tacitus's account of her ending, loosing a battle and taking poison. Bearing in mind that Tacitus never left Rome and relied upon accounts from returning soldiers and politicians to collate his writings, the possibility of 'to the victor the spoils and the history' leaves room for doubt. A later account by him says that Agricola, who was Suetonius's second in command in Britain at the time, tells a different tale. He accounts that Boudicca was killed in battle on Rhuddlan plain in North Wales, fighting Suetonius after he had left Anglesey. The Welsh Historian Morien's account gives greater credibility to this as there is evidence of a great battle on Rhuddlan Plain and a large gold torque was unearthed by a farmer who was ploughing his fields. The idea that a Celtic Warrior would take poison after loosing a battle flies in the face of what the Celts believed in. Their greatest honour was to die fighting in battle, poison was the Roman way. So there is room for conjecture and Michele has chosen to write the ending in a manner befitting a Queen of the Celts.
Music is by Paul Brett
Did Boudicca die in Flintshire?
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