Boudicca and Elizabeth Rally Their Troops: “Two Queens Both Alike in Dignity”

  • Carole Levin
Part of the Queenship and Power book series (QAP)


Fifteen hundred years separated them, but two British queens, both known for their long brightly colored hair, encouraged their troops against foreign invaders, with what was reported to be stirring rhetoric. The queens were Boudicca, head of the Celtic Iceni tribe, and Queen Elizabeth I. We know far less about Boudicca than we do about Elizabeth, but in both cases we do not have definitive evidence about the speeches they gave. This chapter analyzes depictions of Boudicca and how she is compared with Elizabeth, particularly as queens encouraging their troops, in Elizabeth’s reign. Both were powerful women who ruled on their own—Elizabeth as an unmarried woman ruling in her own right and Boudicca as a widow ruling for her young daughters.


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  • Carole Levin
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  1. 1.University of NebraskaLincolnUSA

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