The buzz about Boudicca is still coming into my mailbox ... for those who want a bit of a refresher on Boudicca, the BBC has an article on her revolting behaviour (the article seems to be advertising a television programme):
In AD60, Britannia - the Roman Empire's newest province - exploded into revolt.
After 17 years of occupation, a massive rebellion brought imperial rule to the brink of collapse.
An uprising was led by Boudicca, Queen of the Iceni. The Roman historian Cassius Dio, describes her as "most tall, in appearance most terrifying, in the glance of her eye most fierce, and her voice was harsh".
Boudicca's husband Prasutagus had signed a treaty with Rome that allowed him to keep a degree of autonomy over their tribal lands in today's Norfolk.
But when Prasutagus died, this cosy arrangement collapsed. Tacitus, a Roman historian whose father-in-law served in Britannia at the time, tells us that on Prasutagus' death Rome confiscated his kingdom.
Boudicca herself was flogged and, in a piece of horrific depravity, her young daughters gang raped.
At the time, the majority of Rome's forces in the province were in north Wales, busy crushing an army of Druids. So Boudicca had the ideal opportunity for revenge.
She led her tribe and other allies towards Camulodunum, today's Colchester, the capital of Britannia.
The town had no defences, and Boudicca's army burnt it to the ground and massacred the entire population, including those who tried to hold out in the massive temple of Claudius.
To make matters worse, the only Roman troops close enough to help were ambushed and annihilated by Boudicca as they raced to Colchester.
So in the space of a few days, the Roman capital had been destroyed and the only legion in the east of the province annihilated.
Come and have a go if you think you're hard enough
The Roman governor Suetonius Paulinus ordered his infantry to march back down Watling Street - which is now the A5 - while he went ahead with cavalry.
Meanwhile Boudicca moved towards the bustling commercial centre, Londinium, today's London.
Paulinus got to London before Boudicca, but quickly realised the hopelessness of his position.
London had no wall and was indefensible. That was a failing of the Romans: they believed that as the civilizing force - there to win the hearts and minds of Britons - that they needn't bother fortifying the cities.
After all, who would attack them? Certainly not the people they were there to enlighten.
So Paulinus ordered London's evacuation and rode north.
When Boudicca's army arrived in London, they slaughtered anyone who had been foolish enough to stay and burnt the town. Romans were tortured, hanged and skewered. [more]