Although that book's blurb makes it sound like it's mainly about Boudica, as I recall, she really only features briefly in the back half of the book. This proposal would prove Collingridge's undoing--and yet it is a controversy that lives on. I liked the book, because ongoing research into the Roman occupation of Britain is fascinating. I enjoyed the crash course in Roman history at the beginning of the book. The author can hardly be blamed though, as there is debate as to whether or not she ever existed in the first place.
Also, the author jumps back and forth between the ancient and modern place names in Britain, but does not provide a reference map. All in all I was left confused, and disappointed because I really did want to like it but the sum of its parts in no way creates a whole. The pose is verging on the downright pornographic. We'll look after them as carefully as if they were our own. If you are looking for a biography strictly of Boudica, you will be disappointed - this book largely deals with the legends of Boudica in the 2000 years since her death.
The book was recommended by the local bookstore. These are some of the things I missed when I read Antonia Fraser's chapter on Boudica in The Warrior Queens back in high school which I highly recommend for fluff-less reading. Certainly, I a time when I wasn't of the of woman's in and — much to my father's and my now — by the old age of twelve, I read and a feminist! My first introduction to Boudica came when I was about 13, in Pauline Gedge's The Eagle and the Raven which I think I might re-read. Although the blurb does make mention of the pre- and post-Boudica stuff that's in this book, it also suggests fairly strongly that there will be an honest-to-god biography in here, and there simply isn't. It gives information about the time before and after the Iceni rebellion war against the Romans occupying Britain.
Halfway through the book, Boudicca arrives. Collingridge first looks at the historical context and story of the actual Boudica Rome and conquering the Gauls then Ocean then Britannia, etc. This book is titled Boudica: A Groundbreaking Biography of the True Warrior Queen. She makes an impact, though — I remember pretty much nothing else from that book. There is actually only 1 chapter in the book dealing directly with Boudica.
Despite the title, Collingridge broadens the scope of this biography to help the readers understand the context she has existed in, including a history of Rome and its imperialism, the tribes that ancient Britain consisted of, and the entwined mythology of Boudica and Britannia in association with English queens Elizabeth and Victoria. The amount of work that went into this book, and the enthusiasm that kept the author pushing in through, is obvious. There will be 10 minutes of fame and maybe a few fan letters from the boys, who might even watch her programme until they start using big words instead of big boobs. This is terra incognita for me, but she does a solid job establishing how sketchy our appreciation of pre-Roman Britain is.
Personally, I'm not sure I'd be comfortable publishing something claiming to be a biography with as little actual biographical information as this contained. The book starts to wander off at a tangent dealing with gender inequality through the ages, introducing Queens Elizabeth I and Victoria as well as such obscure additions as Diana, Jerry Hall and Margaret Thatcher to name but a few. I am disappointed that it is less about Boudica, though -- I was looking forward to a bio on a strong woman warrior. D Roman invasions with the tribal lay of the land in Britain. This book is titled Boudica: A Groundbreaking Biography of the True Warrior Queen. I really did want to like this book.
The author covers Boudica's rebellion through the eyes of archeological evidence and classical histories. Parental Consent Please tick this box to confirm that you have received consent from a parent or guardian in order to complete this form and submit your vote. Those who resisted were crushed or humiliated. Rather, it is a book about the Roman occupation of Britain.
Who else has read this? There are no footnotes, attributions are given in the text, and the narrative is in modern accessible language. Or so schoolchildren were taught. She is also clearly not a historian. The book should have been presented as a history of the legend, because that's a much more accurate description. The author covers Boudica's rebellion through the eyes of archeological evidence and classical histories. Because the trouble with Boudica is that, as fascinated as many of us are with her, we know basically nothing about her.
The author would appear to have undertaken considerable research into Stone Age Britain. So little is known about Boudica that a great deal of Collingridge's book is about the Roman period in Britain, and the ongoing archaeology. She was trying to stress how far she had to go for information, how much work and travel and effort she put into the novel, and it got old real fast. It follows the impact of the woman, the events she caused, and the life of her story throughout the centuries. I felt cheated by the author and the publishers. In this strange curate's egg of a book, Vanessa Collingridge, a geographer by profession, interweaves an account of Captain Cook's voyages of discovery with the story of a campaign by George Collingridge, a distant, long-dead relative of hers, to prove that Portuguese or Spanish navigators discovered Australia before the illustrious British explorer.
The accounts of Cook's voyages are good, and fired my imagination in spite of Collingridge's sloppy writing style and the motives and sentiments she In this strange curate's egg of a book, Vanessa Collingridge, a geographer by profession, interweaves an account of Captain Cook's voyages of discovery with the story of a campaign by George Collingridge, a distant, long-dead relative of hers, to prove that Portuguese or Spanish navigators discovered Australia before the illustrious British explorer. But most us would think that what they might gain in publicity they lose in respect. It contains some history, it is a partial travelogue and partial memoir and throws in some editorial moments as well as the odd essay. It is a nice overview of the facts and myth of Boudica. We don't really know anything about her life before her husband's death. This is a history of Boudica, an ancient British Queen who led a failed uprising against the Romans.