Reenactment Event at Birdoswalsd Boadicea, Queen of the Iceni
Corbridge, 30th May 2005
All credit to a bunch of determined reenactors who, in what at times was pouring rain, gave us a great show, - a bloodcurdling display of the revolt of the Iceni in the reign of emperor Nero.
The tribe of the Iceni has risen in revolt against Roman rule. Wave after wave of barbarians smash against the Roman line.
Seeing how this one fighter literally threw himself against the wall of shields, gave a good impression of just how much of an impact a Roman battle line would need to be able to sustain...
The Romans however are done for. Underestimating the sheer ferocity of their opponents they are taken aback. Their line collapses and the barbarians pick them off one by one.
One hapless prisoner is dragged before the queen herself, Boadicea. The queen however, is not one for the graces of mercy and instead delights in slaughtering the poor soul to entertain her audience.
But soon new forces arrive to quell the rebellion. Both commanders harrang their troops, telling them that only victory will do.
This time the Roman line doesn't give way. Steadily the soldiers advance and the swords jab out of the wall of shields, felling one Celt after the other.
Victorious, the Romans sweep across the field, killing off any survivors, looking for the rebellious queen.
'You won't take me alive...'
Rather than submit to Rome, Boadicea chooses death.