Boudica and her stories : narrative transformations of a warrior queen / Carolyn D. Williams
- Williams, Carolyn D., 1947-
- Newark : University of Delaware Press, 
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- Physical Description:
- 272 pages : map ; 24 cm
- "Gaps in her story": Boudica's sources -- "Very variouslie written": Boudica's identity -- "The likely attributes of such a person": Boudica's body -- "Such great ancestors": family ties -- "Oat cakes and tea": the home life of a warrior queen -- "To begin the tragedy": royal victims -- "Beastly woman": war, sex, and gender -- "Now or never": Boudica's campaign -- "Too shocking to be related": British atrocities -- "Women and wizards": Pagan Boudica -- "A saint and martyr": Christian Boudica -- "Schemes of unknown empires": narratives of national identity -- Conclusion: 'jump on the chariot".
- "This is the first book to concentrate exclusively on texts about Boudica and to cover the full chronological range from the first surviving historical account by Tacitus in AD 98 to the triumphant conclusion of Manda Scott's series of novels in 2006. All our knowledge of the ancient British queen Boudica, and her ferocious yet ultimately unsuccessful rebellion against the Romans, is derived from a few accounts in ancient Greek and Latin. Yet they have inspired a flood of history, fictional narrative, drama, and poetry, and there is no indication that the process has ended. This study illuminates and celebrates the rich variety generated by the creative tensions between writers' knowledge and their individual tastes, beliefs, and political or artistic aims and considers whether Boudica's textual metamorphoses are without limits or variations on a distinctive theme bounded by a flexible yet enduring narrative pattern."--BOOK JACKET.
- 9780874130799 (alk. paper)
0874130794 (alk. paper)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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