Author Brings To Life The Legendary British Warrior Queen, Boudica

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Newly released comprehensive work on Boudica, replete with historical commentaries, poetry, and plays, will be featured at the New York Library Association and California Library Association Book Exhibit.

In AD 61, the proud and noble people of Albion rose up in armed revolt against their Roman oppressors, led by Queen Boudica of the Iceni. After a series of victories brought freedom within their grasp, the rebels were defeated and their fiery leader—rather than suffer the humiliation of capture and certain death—committed suicide and passed into legend. Author Aleks Matza has brought together an impressive collection of literature about this British heroine in his newly published book, Boudica: Historical Commentaries, Poetry, and Plays, which offers an invaluable reference source for anyone interested in the life and times of the Warrior Queen.

Even in the twenty-first century, the story of Boudica continues to fascinate and inspire scholars, artists, writers, poets, and devotees of Celtic culture. What is known about Boudica and the tribes of Roman Britain has been limited to archaeological evidence and conjecture, leaving only the certainty that the rebellion did indeed happen. Of the woman at the center of the storm, all that can be said for sure is that she is an enigma and will likely remain so.

From serious scholarship to fictional potboilers, very few historical figures have received such wide-ranging attention. In this comprehensive book, the author has amassed a variety of adaptations, interpretations, and philosophical viewpoints spanning eighteen centuries. As readers immerse themselves in this richness of literary and artistic expression, they will discover how every age has added its own unique perspective to this remarkable woman’s story.

This book will be featured at this year’s New York Library Association Book Exhibit in Saratoga Springs, NY on November 2-5, 2010 and at the California Library Association in Sacramento, CA on November 12-15, 2010. For more information on this book, log on to

About the Author
Aleks Matza is a writer and author whose long-time interest in Boudica and Roman Britain served as the inspiration for this anthology. He lives in Crystal Lake, Illinois.

Boudica * by Aleks Matza
Historical Commentaries, Poetry, and Plays
Publication Date: June 18, 2010
Trade Paperback; $23.99; 740 pages; 978-1-4500-9696-6
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