This is the story of a woman who changed history by doing the unimaginable. Boudica was a Iceni Queen married to King Prasutagus whom she had two daughters. King Prasutagus died or was killed leaving Boudica and his young daughters in charge of his kingdom.
The Iceni kingdom covers what is knows today as Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and northern Suffolk in England. As it is expected very little is known about their history at least their side of the story since most of their history was written by the Romans which at that time had England divided and were brutally abusing them.
When the Romans heard of the death of King Prasutagus they wrongly decided to take over their territory, when Boudica protested against them she was publicly flogged, humiliated and had her daughters raped. After humiliating the Queen and her family the Romans assumed they had set an example and taught the people a lesson, what they did not know was that they were about to learn an even bigger one.
Boudica persuaded the people from Iceni and the neighboring tribes to join her and defeat the Romans, take their land and freedom back. It is believed that she assemble an army of over 120,000 Britons and together they were going to take their land back.
Their first victim was Colchester, where they were victorious and burned and sack the town clean. Their next target was London, even though the Romans heard of what Boudica and her army had just accomplished they sent a small calvary unit to protect London. They assumed that since they had a woman as leader they represented no threat at all. Little did they know Boudica`s army sacked and killed everyone they found in London, to later burn it all to the ground. It was until London was completely destroyed and only ashes remained of it when the Romans and their well-trained army decided to step in.
There was a final battle after Boudica and her army kept destroying towns on her way north. It is believed that this famous battle happened somewhere in the West Midlands. Boudica was confident that just as before she was going to be victorious, so she invited her men to bring their families and watch them win the battle. The battle did not go as expected the Romans were far more experienced, were better armed and shield, where the Britons were used to fighting with big weapons and wore no shields what so ever. This was a close range fight and there was no space for swinging huge swords against their enemy and the Romans with smaller weapons and falling javelins from the sky were finally victorious.
It is believed that Boudica poisoned herself and her daughters after their loss, since she would rather die at her own hands than be taken by the Romans.
Even thought Boudica did not win the last battle she became a heroine, her actions for ever changed the perception of the Romans about the Britons, they were no longer week , they now knew they were strong and willing to die for their land. And for the Britons she gave them the confidence to fight for their freedom.
As a side note I would like to explain why I chose to talk about her. She was incredibly brutal and bloody which is something I am not too fund of. But the reality is that she is a true warrior and she had the courage to not only avenge her daughters but fight for her people and truly believed in her cause which at the end was one of freedom and peace. She was incredibly strong and most have been incredibly passionate to have so many people follow her. I wanted to portray that since we are used to thinking of a female warrior as an incredibly sexualized young woman who rides a horse with little clothes and high heel boots and serves more as a visual enhancer than an actual warrior. Boudica had to be at least 40 years old when she began the battle and rode next to strong men dressed in a tunic and cloak with her bright red hair ready to fight and die for her people.
Here is the processes of how she was painted. I hope you guys enjoy it.