By Dr Samantha Frénée-Hutchins

This diachronic learn of Boudica serves as a sourcebook of references to Boudica within the early sleek interval and provides an outline of the ways that her tale used to be processed and exploited by way of the various avid gamers of the days who desired to supply credence and help to their very own trust platforms. the writer examines the various equipment of kingdom ideology which processed the social, spiritual and political representations of Boudica for public absorption and helped shape the preferred fantasy we have now of Boudica today.

By exploring pictures of the Briton warrior queen throughout reigns which witnessed an act of political union and a stream from English woman rule (under Elizabeth I) to British/Scottish masculine rule (under James VI & I) the writer conducts a serious cartography of the ways that gender, colonialism and nationalism crystallised round this significant historic figure.

Concentrating at the unique transmission and reception of the traditional texts the writer analyses the historic works of Hector Boece, Raphael Holinshed and William Camden in addition to the canonical literary figures of Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare and John Fletcher. She additionally appears at features of alternative fundamental assets now not lined in earlier scholarship, similar to Humphrey Llwyd’s Breuiary of Britayne (1573), Petruccio Ubaldini’s Le Vite delle donne illustri, del regno d’Inghilterra, e del regno di Scotia (1588) and Edmund Bolton’s Nero Caesar (1624). in addition, she contains archaeological examine on the subject of Boudica.

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