My theme this year is the ABCEDARIA of Women who have inspired me.
Boadicea! The very name stirs me. If you don't know this fabulous woman and her story - hold on to your chariot - this will be quite a ride.
Between AD 61 and AD 63 Boadicea led her Iceni people to a glorious war against the Romans. The Iceni Celts had submitted their kingdom in East Anglia to the conquering Romans and the rule of Emperor Claudius in AD 43. In AD 61, Prasutagus, Boadicea's husband and King of the Iceni died. A dispute followed during which Boadicea, was publicly beaten by the soldiers of the emperor, and her two daughters raped. The Iceni were insulted and rose in revolt led by their queen Boadicea. So successful was the uprising that the Romans were almost defeated. Unfortunately for the Iceni and their allies, the military skill of the Roman army finally led to the crushing of the rebellion.After the revolt, Roman rule was re-established. For almost two glorious years, Boadicea pillaged the Roman settlements; she remains to this day, the greatest of the heroines of Britain. Link to this page
So - how does she inspire me? Because she never gave up on what she believed - against all odds she fought and was nearly successful. If you think that is not enough - that she failed - please read your Roman history to see how amazing it was that anyone even tried against the Romans. She was fierce, political, a wife and mother - and a leader. What is not to love?
Other Inspiring B's - Elizabeth Bishop - a truly inspiring poet who spent her childhood in Great Village, NS. Louise Bourgeois - one of my favorite artists
Do you have any ancient heroines (or heroes) that lift you up when you think on them?