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Boudicca: Britain's Queen of the Iceni (The Legendary Women of World History Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Laurel A. Rockefeller
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Book Description

Why is The Morrígan's raven crying? Only Britons with hearts for true liberty know!

In 43 CE Roman conquest of Britannia seems all but certain -- until a chance meeting between King Prasutagus of the Iceni and a runaway slave of royal decent from the Aedui tribe in Gaul changes the fate of the British islands forever.

Rise up for liberty with the true story of Boudicca: Britain's Queen of the Iceni and discover one of the most inspiring stories in history!

Based on the accounts of Roman historian Tacitus and supplemented with archaeology presented by the BBC. Told through the eyes of a 5th century mother and daughter facing the Saxon invasions.

Whisper-syncs to the audio edition narrated by Richard Mann.


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  • Listening to the audio edition of Boudicca: Britain's Queen of the Iceni, I found I was immediately transported back to a time and a place where savage wars were constantly fought, and women were treated no better than slaves. Historian author Laurel A. Rockefeller made the right choice when she recruited British actor Richard Mann to narrate her audio version. His powerful, poignant voice pulled me in, swept me away, and gave me a front row seat into the turbulent life of Boudicca. Well done, Rockefeller and Mann! --Sharon Ledwith
  • "This book drew me into a history I knew little about yet found fascinating. I was enlightened and educated, swept away by the narrative and realism in this book. I found the historical aspect well blended with the emotional tone of the story. This is a book that offers a great deal in relatively few pages, it is concise and yet engaging. Well worth reading and then reading again !!!" --kimberly duboise
  • "This is such a great story. So full of life, inspiration, will, and courage. Honestly, I may have never come across it on my own. It is truly motivational. A true heroic story. I love this story, mainly because it shows that women are just as strong if not stronger than a man. This story allows the eyes of all to be opened to see that not only did men have a huge impact in history, but so did women. Plus, the ending of the book is truly beautiful!" --Kelly Renée

From the Author

Boudicca truly is one of the most legendary women of the western world. Demeaned and dismissed in Tacitus' Annals (from which this story is primarily based), she is the stuff of numerous historical novels, most of them being completely unsuitable for younger audiences.
As an amateur scientist and a long-time living history re-creator in the Society for Creative Anachronism, I took a different approach, focusing on scholarship made accessible to everyone -- no matter how young or old.
Upon the account by Tacitus (the speeches at the end are nearly identical in substance to Tacitus, though put in my own words and from a Celtic point of view),  I added the research from more than a dozen science and social science sources.  These appear in the bibliography at the end.  This too sets this novella apart from others you have seen and explored.
Told by a mother and daughter facing the Saxon invasions in the 5th century CE, this story will inspire you as you discover the Celtic world.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1333 KB
  • Print Length: 38 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1497421764
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Laurel A. Rockefeller (March 20, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J43RCN2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #492,018 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A NonFiction Book Blossoms into a Beautiful Story! April 13, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is such a great story. So full of life, inspiration, will, and courage. Honestly, I may have never come across it on my own. It is truly motivational. A true heroic story. I love this story, mainly because it shows that women are just as strong if not stronger than a man. This story allows the eyes of all to be opened to see that not only did men have a huge impact in history, but so did women. Plus, the ending of the book is truly beautiful!

The Prologue reminds me a lot of all of the things I learned about the Romans in my Humanities class. Romans were so greedy and out to conquer anything they could. They were ready to start a war with anyone for land. This book starts off with the fact that the Dobunni people stood still to stay alive, especially since they didn’t like the act of war.

I love that this is a true story and it’s not just told by a narrator, it’s told by actual people but in story form. It blows my mind with all the facts that happened and what these people did to try to protect their people. It blows my mind more so on who decided to enslave their own people. True royalty would never sell out their people to protect theirselves or create a better life for just theirself. When someone with that much authority betrays their own people, they should be forced to pay a very high price.

The fate of Boudicca and how she comes into luck is truly wonderful. Spotted by the King of Iceni and later becoming his queen. The story shows how sometimes relying on your gut to determine your future is exactly what one must do. Though, the King’s determined allies are Boudicca’s enemies, the Romans. The King wants peace and so does Boudicca, but they have different visions on how peace should be made.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History Brought To Life! September 20, 2014
By debb
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The story of Boudicca is told to a child keeping alive the tradition of the Iceni. She really lived and faced the Roman Legionaires. She was brave and lived when women were nothing more than a man’s property. Her courage is not forgotten and her people honor her still.
I loved the telling of Boudicca’s story; she was so alive and brave. What a great way to learn about the people in history. The audio book is short enough to be listened to in one sitting and is narrated by Richard Mann who does a remarkable job in the telling.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tale to be enjoyed by adults and children..... September 20, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The author, Laurel A. Rockefeller, gave me a copy of this book in exchange for my review.

Boudicca, Britain's Queen of the Iceni is very much a story with an aim to educate as well as entertain. The framework of the tale is that it’s a story told to a child. The storyteller this time is her mother and the goal is to serve as an empowering tale. Things get tough but women, frequently marginalized in our recorded past, can too change the course of history.

Rockefeller doesn’t sugarcoat the history in Boudicca, Britain's Queen of the Iceni for young readers. She is delicate and doesn’t go into graphic detail but abuse, rape and potential sexual slavery is mentioned. It is difficult for young women to comprehend the way that Boudicca and her twin daughters were perceived.

Twelve-year-old Alex and I read this novel together and she found the dynamic fascinating. Boudicca’s tale once again confirmed her delight at being born in the 21st Century. From the time we meet Boudicca as she’s running from an abusive mistress, the level of courage she showed in Rockefeller’s well-composed narrative appealed to the young Alex and she enters a phase in her life where she’ll embrace a growing independence.

I really enjoy Laurel Rockefeller’s work and believe that she’ll be responsible for introducing many young women to historical figures they will admire.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A First Class Time Travel Experience... September 10, 2014
Format:Audible Audio Edition
Listening to the audio edition of Boudicca: Britain’s Queen of the Iceni, I found I was immediately transported back to a time and a place where savage wars were constantly fought, and women were treated no better than slaves. Historian author Laurel A. Rockefeller made the right choice when she recruited British actor Richard Mann to narrate her audio version. His powerful, poignant voice pulled me in, swept me away, and gave me a front row seat into the turbulent life of Boudicca. Well done, Rockefeller and Mann!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Story! September 17, 2014
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A very interesting true story about an amazing Queen who lived a tumultuous life. Her strong impact in history. In the audio version, the narration by Richard Mann is mesmerizing...superior! It brings this story to another level. I never knew of this woman, so was quite impressed at how she was brought to life by the author and Mr. Mann. She transports you back in time into the world of Boudicca: savage wars for land, honor and strength. It is well worth reading and I give five stars. Highly recommend!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative, insightful look into the past April 23, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This book drew me into a history I knew little about yet found fascinating. I was enlightened and educated, swept away by the narrative and realism in this book. I found the historical aspect well blended with the emotional tone of the story. This is a book that offers a great deal in relatively few pages, it is concise and yet engaging. Well worth reading and then reading again !!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful story! November 25, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I have not read the print version of this story, so I cannot compare the audio edition to the print. Although I enjoyed the audiobook, I kept wishing I had the print version, as well, so I could better follow the story--especially when it wandered into politics and territories.

I particularly enjoyed the exchanges between Boudicca and Prasutagus at their first meeting, when he asks to court her. I'm a bit of a romantic and not as interested in politics, and I thought that inclusions was a good way to connect with listeners/readers such as myself. The whole story was very moving and tragic.

Prior to listening to this book, I wasn't familiar with the history of Boudicca. The author did a great job presenting the story, in all of its tragedy, accurately while being mindful of younger audiences. Some references to women being slaves in the bedchambers, a mention of "rape", and "whoring", so it may be best suited to older middle grade children.

A lot of reference was made to gods and goddesses and religions I'm not familiar with, as well as political stances and territories. I found myself struggling to keep some of those details straight, at times, and had to rewind the recording to listen again. Some of those details may not have been overload or unnecessary, but I realize this may be personal preference as this is not usually the genre I read.

Richard Mann, the narrator, has a soothing and expressive voice. He was a great selection for narrator. I could listen to him read the phone book.

Overall, strong story. I'm thankful to have been given a free copy in exchange for my honest review.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars History brought to Life!
5 Stars
Laurel Rockelfeller is a historian from Lincoln Nebraska who could wake the dead with her ability to bring history to life and make it feel relevant and exciting... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Matthew D. Lorentzen
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfectly lovely read!
I was excited to read this book, since I know the author personally. What I experienced while listening to the book was transport back in time. Read more
Published 29 days ago by T. M. Owen
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant: An Emotional RollerCoaster Ride
This story is a fine effort, as worthy as any other I have read. Why? "Boudicca" is a very complex story to tell. It is full of complexity and controversy. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Thomas Baker
3.0 out of 5 stars History: Great! Fiction: mediocre.
A story told to Moira by her mother Keita generations after Queen Boudicca and the Iceni fought the Roman conquerors, trying to preserve their culture, their religion, and their... Read more
Published 5 months ago by pjburn
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, wish it was longer
An interesting story about Boudicca, she was a fascinating character, but I wish the story was longer and gave more insights into her background and her story, as well as the story... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Laurie W-J-N
5.0 out of 5 stars great read!
This book was very well written. It taught me more about history, while giving a great story line as well. I would definitely recommend it to a friend :)
Published 8 months ago by Ginger Turner
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Born, raised, and educated in Lincoln, Nebraska USA, author-historian Laurel A. Rockefeller educates while she entertains, encouraging readers to think about current events and history in a completely new way. Using exhaustive and comprehensive research across dozens of academic disciplines, Laurel's stories come alive so vividly it is easy to forget you are learning something new.

Enjoy Ms. Rockefeller's books in English and Chinese in your choice of digital, paperback, and audio editions.

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