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Calling all armchair generals! Boudica's Last Stand.
Nathan Ross wrote:

But druidism had been suppressed by Rome for a very long time, and the Iceni (Roman allies until recently) clearly didn't have a problem with that. So it was probably coincidence - and Tacitus's desire to add some dramatic scary druid action to his account... 

I think that the Druids had a far greater influence than people think, otherwise why bother to attack Mona in the first place? Yes it was a place that was the "breadbasket" for many but Caesar only 100 years previously stated the huge influence that the Druids had throughout Gallic (and Brythonic) society and that "Britannia" was a stronghold for the teaching of these practices.

The Iceni aristocracy (as well as many other aristocrats in other tribes) took on Roman habits when it suited them but I am not convinced that percolated down throughout the general population who possibly retained their laws based on Druidical laws centuries old.

In fact Roman law was applied to the occupants of the cities only in provinces, or client kings but not to the general population who had no rights whatsoever at this time.   

It is also true that the tribes did work together against Roman invaders and in the case of Caratacus he and his followers worked closely with the Silures, the Ordovices and other tribes against the Romans for many years.

This does not mean to say that they were not rivals at other times and would look out for their own interests which is probably why the Cantiaci and Atrebates did not rise up with Boudica whereas the Trinovantes and other tribes (Tacitus) did.
 


  

    
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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 Theoderic - 11-07-2015, 07:22 PM

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