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Calling all armchair generals! Boudica's Last Stand.
(11-24-2017, 10:35 PM)Renatus Wrote:
(11-24-2017, 10:07 PM)John1 Wrote: She goes for 60AD, a Cavalry dash by Paulinus, the forces bumping in to each other on Watling Street, B dying in battle and driving a taxi as an "UBER-woman".

I was going to watch it but, in the event, could not do so. Then I thought of watching it on the Channel 5 website. I shan't bother now.

Like so many things in history ... which appear to be a mystery ... the site of Boudica's last stand has a generally perceived concept of what happens (going up Watling St.) which is neither supported by any history, any archaeological evidence, any common sense ... but has gained so much traction that it is repeated time and time again as if it were indisputable fact. And then people say "it's a mystery why the battle site remains unknown".

So, having read much of this thread and decided that a lot of what is said about Boudica's battle is a load of cobblers ... and taking the best comments and having done quite a lot of new research that gives me a better insight into how those like the Romans viewed the landscape ... this summer I visited what I think is a better candidate than any other I've heard about (which is not to say it is a good candidate, only that the rest are rubbish).

And when I arrived on site I thought "wow ... so many died" .... it looks right... etc.

But it also felt a bit of a anti-climax, because the great fun with boudica's battle is finding the site (or at least what everyone thinks is a site), and what if it were the site? At best a few moments of unwanted publicity, most likely decades of exasperated dealings with those in authorities with a "Not discovered here" kind of mentality.

So ... perhaps like a crime novel ... you shouldn't give away the ending because people needs their mysteries.

Who am I kidding?  ... I know the greatest feeling in the world is  ... is that time between "discovering" a site  ... and someone starting to dig your "discovery" and finding absolutely nothing.
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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 MonsGraupius - 11-25-2017, 07:42 AM

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