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    ... told the story.  Tacitus' father-in-law was Gnaeus Julius Agricola who was, at the time, the aide de camp of Gaius Suetonius Paulinus.  He managed to destroy the school of the druids, something Caesar had wanted to do because he loathed the druids.

    See: The Annals.
    Search the text for Boudicea and just before her name a few paragraphs describe the paralyzed-with-fear reaction the Roman soldiers had when they came ashore on Mona (Anglesey) and face-to-face with women.  (It's pretty funny.)  Then Tacitus comes to the description of how Boudicea and her daughters were treated after her husband died and how she gathered the tribes and led them while three towns were utterly sacked, everyone killed..., and then the final battle - it's described, but no one yet knows where it was.  Tacitus is the source that says Boudicea took her own life by poison.

    Cassius Dio, aka Dio, Dio Cassius, also writes about the time period in his Roman History.  Dio gives a physical description of "Buduica" [his spelling] in LXII, quotes her speech to the assembled tribes, and the battle, plus what Suetonius had been doing at Mona and his speech to his troops before the battle with Boudicca and her Celtic warriors.  Dio says at the end of 12 after the battle between Roman soldiers and the Celtic tribes:

    Nevertheless, not a few made their escape and were preparing to fight again. In the meantime, however, Buduica fell sick and died. The Britons mourned her deeply and gave her a costly burial; but, feeling that now at last they were really defeated, they scattered to their homes. So much for affairs in Britain.
    So, the true fate of Boudicca, Queen of the Iceni, is unknown, just that she died one way or another.

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Sun Sep 01, 2013 at 09:50:29 PM PDT

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