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Boadicea, as it is normally pronounced or Boudicca, Buduica, Bonduca,( if you are going to be a bit more historically correct.) was a Celtic queen of the Iceni people of south-east Britain who led a major uprising of the tribes against the occupying forces of the Roman Empire. When her husband, King Prasutagus died (circa 60) , the Romans annexed his kingdom and brutally raped Boudica and her daughters.

In 60 AD, the Roman governor Paulinus was leading a campaign against the druids in north Wales, so the Iceni and their neighbours, the Trinovantes, rebelled under Boudica's leadership destroying the Roman city Camulodunum (Colchester), then burning London to the ground and also destroying Verulamium (St Albans), killing an estimated 70,000-80,000 people in the process. In the end Boudica was defeated at the Battle of Watling Street. Bodicea armies, legend has it, went into battle smeared with warpaint and with breasts exposed - you can certainly tell they came from Essex, they probably wore white stilletos as well.

There was renewed interest in Boudica's legend during the Victorian era, when Queen Victoria was portrayed as her "namesake" and Boudica has since remained an important cultural symbol in the United Kingdom.

The statue as 'Britannia' is situated on the North / House of Commons side of Westminster Bridge.

Address: Westminster Bridge
Directions: Nearest Tube, Wesminster. At Victoria Embankment North of Westminster Bridge.
Website: http://www.londonarchitecture.co.uk/Building/762/Boudica-Statue.php

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  • Updated Mar 28, 2006
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