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Calling all armchair generals! Boudica's Last Stand.
“The difficulty with its being a pass through which the Britons would have to go to get to their destination, wherever that was,” Renatus

I think this is a critical point.

Certainly Dunstable could only be seen in that light if the Iceni destination were NW to relieve the new conquests, but even if that is the case they know they will have to go through P’s force to get to them, so the pure interception theory comes up a bit short. The best case scenario for Dunstable would be if the destination was generally the NW and the Iceni were looking for a final battle and they somehow strangely felt compelled to play into Roman hands by using their new fangled road network. But then as Michael suggests, at Dunstable the Romans don’t have their backs to some timber back wall but the open plain of the Ouse. This seems to fly in the face of the text to me.

I think the only plausible scenario was that the Iceni were going after the Roman force en masse on a search and destroy campaign, and the Romans wanted a secure muster and last stand position with the expectation that the Brits would come and “have a go” . Security of location for the Roman muster and Roman fight style trumps any detailed blocking position to either destination, the NW or the Iceni homelands, by a long, long way.

Did I mention that CS provides a great position to defend the NW and strike at the Iceni lands?

“So the location in question would not be a closed valley or ravine, but a strategic pass where Paulinus could block the Britons' route.” Nathan

No way… :grin: you definitely have your Dunstable glasses on there, it is plausible, but no more plausible than there being a closed valley, once again the texts are too shallow to draw these kinds of absolutes from.
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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
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Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 02-19-2012, 05:40 PM
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Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-24-2012, 05:11 PM
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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 John1 - 08-28-2013, 10:48 AM
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