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Meeting Boudicca: Cartimandua of Brigantes encounters the Iceni Warrior Queen Paperback – April 13, 2013
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Shortly after the fall of Rome’s infamous Emperor Nero, the great Empire is awash in confusion. The year is 69 AD and Rome finds itself beset with not one Emperor of succession, but four, one after another in that year alone. The rich are rising and reaching for political gains and far to the west on a lonely jetty, Her Highness Cartimandua of Brigantes waits patiently for a ship to come take her away from her beloved Britannia, and shuffle her deep into the heart of the Empire. With her are three Roman soldiers, one of which is an Atrebate and fluent in her native language. As they wait, the Regal Queen starts talking, encouraged by the three to share her story. What follows is nothing short of remarkable, and if made public – history changing.
Eight years prior, after the fall of the Warrior Queen, Highness Boudicca of Iceni, the defeated icon met secretly with Highness Cartimandua – under a stormy sky on a windswept moor called Druid’s Gathering. This is their story, and it is epic, every bit as legendary as the numerous heroines Boudicca has since inspired.
“However one chooses to look at war, it ends in flies, and rotting flesh, and the acrid smell of death.” A poignant line that jumped out at me, and has stayed with me – much of the book reads this way, with horrific prose and memorable defeat.
As an American, I am ashamed to say that Boudicca’s story is not one that comes easily to my mind, though I did learn of it in school. The grandeur of this epic is lost in the States, though the heroic fatality of it seems poetic enough to have enamored those of the Hollywood bent. Powell captures not only the fervor of Rebellion, but the opposing force that perceives it as destroying a way of life – and legacy. A unique way of recreating history with flowing words and large scenes. Intrigue, political maneuverings – it’s all here and well worth the read.
The book is beautiful written and the style in which the author writes in is fantastic and just makes you want to keep reading. We all know the story of what happened to Boudicca but I was really impressed with this book simply because of the way this story is told the detail involved in the events in the book is very well done. Another thing that I liked in this book was that it grabs your attention very quickly for me I was very interested in the first few pages which is something I love in a book. I could not stop reading and I did not want to put it down the author has a great ability to keep you interested and there is not a dull moment in the book at all.
I would recommend this book to everyone it is a truly amazing read and to look at Boudicca and the Iceni tribe in a whole new light and from a very interesting perspective. I found the book very easy to read and to understand and I will be looking out for more books by this author simply because of the style they write it is something that I really like. All in all this book was absolutely brilliant and I am so glad I downloaded it now when first seen the book on here I was in two minds weather of not to get but I’m so glad I did because it was one of the most interesting books I have ever read.