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Calling all armchair generals! Boudica's Last Stand.
Nathan wrote:
 
There are, though, quite a few fortifications around the Midlands that seem to have been occupied for a short period around mid-century. Could be post-Boudica, or perhaps connected with the expansion of Roman military control after the conquest period, maybe. John's point about the strategic importance of the Nene valley could be significant in a wider sense. 
 
If as you state there were a number of forts established throughout the Midlands post the battle for a limited period perhaps this would indicate Seutonius Paulinus' campaign of severity to re-establish dominion over the tribes that had been directly involved or indeed had given succour to the tribes that did in reality rebel. It would also seem to support the contemporary reports that it was not only the Iceni and Trinovantes but possibly tribes north of the Thames rather than the Cantiaci, Regni or Attrebates.
 
Tacitus (The Annals) "The whole army was now concentrated and kept under canvas, with a view to finishing what was left of the campaign. Its strength was increased by the Caesar, who sent over from Germany two thousand legionaries, eight cohorts of auxiliaries, and a thousand cavalry. Their advent allowed the gaps in the ninth legion to be filled with regular troops; the allied foot and horse were stationed in new winter quarters;"
 
Perhaps it is these forts that were built as winter quarters, to house the auxilliaries and cavalry and these were the forts abandoned once SP had gone and Turpilianus took over with a more conciliatory policy to finish the war through diplomacy and to get the province consolidated and back on a peaceful and profitable footing as the rebellion was over and the affected tribes were being systematically slaughtered for no good further purpose.
 
It would seem logical to capture the tribal horses which would then prevent future cavalry or charioteers in any future rebellion and keeping the tribes subdued. Certainly the tablets from Vindolanda describe Brythonic cavalry in the field  causing mayhem much later so horses were a major weapon. Perhaps there were many “gyros” that simply have not been found or survived or that the Lunt was a specialist training school.
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 - 02-06-2018, 04:56 PM

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