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

The Mancetter Candidacy

Some old points revisited, and a few new suggestions (including an idea that Roman legions marched only 12 miles in a day). Needless to say, Webster's 'cavalry dash' (without which any site in the Midlands looks very creaky, I think) is accepted with barely a quibble! 

There is also some interesting further discussion on the meaning(s) of fauces/faucibus, which we've been over a few times on here.

Posted by MonsGraupius - 3 hours ag

Regarding the Mancetter Candidacy I don't see that there is very much new here including the point that there is a reference to Dio / Tacitus on whether the proximity of Tacitus to the timescale of the action makes his account more accurate and I seem to remember that Dio got his information from a number of sources that are not available to us today.

The point about multiple valleys is applicable to Dunstable, Tring or indeed Church Stowe (although I would favour the valleys opposite today's Tring obviously  Smile )

Yes the River Anker would supply water but would also cut through the battleground which we have agreed in the past would be mentioned in the text which it is not.

Twelve miles a day doesn't really ring true as Webster implies by his siting of forts that they are normally around 15 - 20 miles apart and the evidence on the ground would seem to support this.

Interestingly the road distance between London and St Albans is 20 miles and between St Albans and Alchester (Bicester) is 40 miles and between Bicester and Cirencester 40 miles (all approximate). 

There is a minor settlement at Asthall half way between Cirencester and Bicester. Half way between Bicester and St Albans is Tring with its Roman settlements at Aston Clinton and furnaces at Cow Roast.

Could these minor settlements started off as supply bases or indeed forts still to be recovered?
Deryk
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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 - 12-18-2017, 06:43 PM

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