The Battle of Watling Street
A Bloody Rebellion
Britannia, AD61. Following her disgrace at the hands of the occupying Roman forces, the Iceni Queen Boudicca rouses her own and neighbouring tribes against the Romans, laying waste to Londinium and slaughtering tens of thousands.
A Queen on the Run
Boudicca’s forces clash with the legionary might of the Roman governor at the decisive Battle of Watling Street. Her Iceni warriors utterly defeated, Boudicca flees with the tattered survivors of her bodyguard.
An Enduring Historical Mystery
Historians still dispute the end of Boudicca and the Iceni; did they escape to Wales or Ireland? Or did they stumble across a very different kind of deadly foreign occupier of their native lands?
The Battle of Watling Street is a historical science fiction mystery: a speculative re-imagining of a defining period in British history. Introducing the resourceful Celtic hero Dedo, attendant to the doomed warrior queen.
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About the Book
This story is the prequel to my upcoming contemporary Sci-Fi novel, The Bondage of The Soil. The idea came to me during 2016 when I was deep in the first draft of Bondage; a fun way to combine my love of historical mystery fiction and all things Roman with a Sci-Fi twist in the tale! Originally conceived as a 5,000-word short story, I really enjoyed writing about and in first century AD Roman Britain, and the project expanded to short novella length.
I also really enjoyed the characters, especially young Dedo and his lady-love Cata; I wouldn’t be surprised if they turn up somewhere in a follow-on historical mystery…