Boudica Statue

Boudica Statue
Boudica Statue

This statue was placed in London at the beginning of the 20th century, during the rule of Queen Victoria, however its presence alludes to events located far away in time, almost in the very origins of the city, during the time of Roman domination of the English territory when the city of Londinium was founded along the river Támesis, something that happened around the middle of the 1st century.


Statue of Boudica

However, soon after the local population was going to face the Roman legions, and they did so under the hand of Boudica, the queen of the Eceni tribe, which even came to occupy original London in the year 61.

To this woman, who was described in great detail by some Roman historians, such as Tacitus. Just as the reason why Boudica rebelled against the Romans is legendary. For years her people had been allies of the empire, though she had to pay to live in peace. Something that at a given moment became an impossible situation and when claiming the payments, the Iceni could not face the debt.

Therefore, the Romans decided to give them a lesson, punishing Boudica with lashes, who also had to watch as the soldiers raped her two daughters. For that reason, she promoted the rebellion, uniting with other English tribes.

That's how they took several places and did not hesitate toact with all necessary brutality. Although the imperial response was not long in coming and a much more modern and organized army put an end to that revolt on the battlefield. It is not known if Boudica died in the battle, or ended up committing suicide after the defeat. This is how the legend tells it, which tells how the queen and her two daughters poisoned themselves so as not to be humiliated and subjugated.

But legend made her the first English heroine, and her name could be translated as “victory”, so she wanted to be related to Queen Victoria herself. Uniting both women in the paths of history, talking about Boudica being the first queen to rule Britannia. In fact, this sculpture was commissioned by the queen's own husband, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg Gotha.

A work that was made in 1905 following the design of the sculptorThomas Thornycroft, who represented her in this car together with her two children, using a endless stereotypes and historical aberrations. But that was not the important thing. The objective of this large group of bronze sculptures was to extol history and especially Queen Victoria, at that time the owner of a vast empire that was governed precisely from the place where the sculpture is located, since a privileged location was chosen for her next to the Palace of Westminster.

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