Battle of Watling Street
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Date: AD 60 or 61
Location: Watling Street
The name given to an ancient trackway in England and Wales that was first used by the Britons mainly between the areas of modern Canterbury and St Albans using a natural ford near Westminster.
Decisive Roman victory, end of Boudica's revolt, Roman rule secured
- Strength 10 000
- Commanders and leaders
- Casualties and losses 400
- Strength 230 000
- Commanders and leaders
- Casualties and losses 80 000
Rome invaded south-eastern Britain in AD 43. Some kingdoms were defeated and occupied, whilst others were nominally independent as allies of the Roman empire.
The Battle of Watling Street took place in Roman-occupied Britain in AD 60 or 61 between an alliance of indigenous British peoples led by Boudica and a Roman army led by Gaius Suetonius Paulinus. The Romans were heavily outnumbered but decisively defeated the allied tribes, marking the end of resistance to Roman rule in the south of Britain.
Information is dependent on Roman sources for accounts of the battle. The exact location is not known, but is believed to have taken place between Londinium and Viroconium (Wroxeter in Shropshire), on the Roman Road now known as Watling Street.
Emperor Nero was apparently so shaken by the battle that he considered withdrawing from Britain altogether, [according to Suetonius], but with the decisive conclusion the occupation of Britain continued.
Boudicca's defeat ensured Roman rule in southern Britain, but northern Britain remained volatile. In AD 69 a Brigantes noble Venutius led another less well documented revolt.
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References, Sources and Further Reading
- Christoph M. Bulst, "The Revolt of Queen Boudicca in A.D. 60", Historia: Zeitschrift für Alte Geschichte, Vol. 10, No. 4 (Oct., 1961), p. 508.
- Scotland - The History of a Nation by Magnus Magnusson
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