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Calling all armchair generals! Boudica's Last Stand.
Quote:I'll feel more secure without you chaps there.

What, no moral support? :evil:

My questions (mostly expansions of yours, John) would be:

1. Is Webster's idea that Paulinus left his troops marching down Watling street and 'dashed' down to London, then came back north again, supported anywhere in the evidence? Is it supported by any comparable incident in Roman history?

2. Does this idea of the 'cavalry dash' not contradict Tacitus' own description of Paulinus' character and reputation as an extremely cautious strategist (a reputation surely won in Britain), as given in Histories?

3. If we discount the idea of the 'cavalry dash', is there any other reason why Paulinus would chose his battle site so far away from the area of known rebel activity?

4. If he did choose his position in the Mancetter area, why would Boudica trek all the way north-west to fight him? What incentive could she offer her disparate and slow-moving force to hold them together for the time necessary to reach Paulinus? How could Paulinus know that the Britons would follow him rather than rampaging all over southern Britain and then heading home with their loot, leaving him looking like an idiot?

5. If, on the other hand, we allow (following Nick Fuentes, Steve Kaye and most of us here!) that Paulinus remained with his troops and marched with them all the way to London, is there any reason other than the residual lustre of Webster's influential book to continue looking for sites in the west Midlands? Would we not be better off giving 'further careful consideration' to some sites closer to London and the south east generally?

(apologies to Moi for getting back into this one... I know you tried to nail the lid down, but it just keeps springing back open... ) Smile
Nathan Ross
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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 Nathan Ross - 03-19-2013, 01:11 AM
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

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