Yesterday the cable guy came to upgrade my cable service from basic to everything-under-the-sun. I even have HBO, Starz and Cinemax! So, basically I haven't moved off my couch since he left.
I'm hooked on National Geographic and the History Channel. I watched a 2 hour special on Queen Boudica of the Iceini tribe (in England). She was fascinating. When her husband died, he left his kingdom partially to the Romans in an attempt to appease them. It didn't work. The Romans came in publicly flogged Queen Boudica and raped her daughters. She went with the mantra - don't get mad, get even and in 60AD led a revolt against the Roman occupiers. She destroyed - obliterated actually - the modern towns of Colchester, St. Albans and London. In her day these towns were populated by Romans. Estimates are they killed over 100,000 in those towns. She and her rebels killed every man, woman and child then burned them to the ground. The blazes were so intense that evidence of the fires are still very visible after almost 2000 years. They also wiped out the entire 9th Legion of the Roman army.
Ultimately she and her rebels were defeated by Rome's military superiority, but Queen Boudica lives on in history as a testament to the strength and courage of a mere woman. No one knows for sure what happened to her or her daughters, but it is believed they committed suicide on the battlefield rather than be captured.
Now back to our regularly scheduled programming...