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Calling all armchair generals! Boudica's Last Stand.
(01-12-2021, 09:44 PM)Nathan Ross Wrote: The thing about Paulinus being warned in advance I factored into some proposed chronology or other many years ago, and I think we discussed it then.

Your proposed chronology is on p.5 of this thread.  I quoted from it with a comment on p.25 and used it as the basis for my revised chronology on p.26.  Of course, opinions have changed since then.

There seem to be two factors in working out when Suetonius might have been warned of the emergency.  First, when the colonists in Colchester first became aware of the danger and, secondly, Cerialis' response to being informed of it (I still see him being in the east, not forming part of Suetonius' campaigning force).  As to the first, this might have been when they realised that the Iceni were on the march and coming in their direction or earlier when they became aware that Boudica was stirring the tribes up for revolt and anticipated that they would be the first target.  In either case, I see the commander of the small military force in the colony sending out riders to seek aid from all potential sources, Catus in London, Cerialis in Lincoln and Suetonius in North Wales, each of whom reacted in their different ways.

As to the second, Cerialis may have set out immediately to nip the revolt in the bud but, nevertheless, reached the region of Colchester too late.  This would indicate a very short warning period.  Alternatively, he might have proceeded to Longthorpe to await Suetonius and his force, to the intent that they should advance together to defend the colony and quell the revolt.  In the event, he realised that the situation had become critical and that Suetonius would not arrive in time.  He, therefore, set off with just his part-legion but still too late.  Nevertheless, this would suggest a longer period for Suetonius to receive warning and to advance to the relief of the colony.
Michael King Macdona

And do as adversaries do in law, -
Strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends.
(The Taming of the Shrew: Act 1, Scene 2)
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Re: Calling all armchair generals! - by Ensifer - 03-11-2010, 03:13 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 02-18-2012, 06:26 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 02-19-2012, 12:02 AM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 02-19-2012, 02:50 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 02-19-2012, 05:40 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 02-19-2012, 11:26 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-24-2012, 05:11 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-24-2012, 09:42 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-24-2012, 10:10 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-25-2012, 03:11 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-25-2012, 03:25 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-25-2012, 08:36 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-26-2012, 02:57 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-27-2012, 01:50 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 08-05-2012, 02:24 PM
Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by antiochus - 11-07-2014, 02:18 PM
Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by antiochus - 11-08-2014, 01:50 AM
Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by antiochus - 11-11-2014, 02:03 AM
Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by antiochus - 11-18-2014, 07:54 AM
Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by antiochus - 11-20-2014, 02:37 AM
Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by antiochus - 11-25-2014, 08:29 AM
RE: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica's Last Stand. - by Renatus - 01-13-2021, 06:15 PM

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