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Boudica's Chariot, Colchester Castle Museum, Camulodunum (Roman Colchester) by carolemadge1, via Flickr. This is the chariot used in the ITV film "Boudica" starring Alex Kingston as the British queen who rebelled against the Romans and their control. The chariot is based on an Iron Age design and would have been used for moving people around the battefield.

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The Celtic warriors, or Gauls as they were called in the French part of their range, spiked their hair up with lime and wore horned and winged helmets to emphasize their large stature. Their attacks on the battlefield were fearless, wild and savage, but they were also skilled and deadly. As the Celts spread over their vast range, having conquered most of Europe at their height, their warriors developed different styles of warfare.

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Celtic women were distinct in the ancient world for the liberty and rights they enjoyed and the position they held in society.

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Dyeing With Woad

What the artist imagined a Pictish woman's body art may have looked like. Historians used to believe that the blue tint to their tattoos cam...

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Boudicca, Celtic warrior queen, lead a major uprising that nearly caused the Romans to retreat from what is now England. She rode into battle on a chariot with her grown daughters fighting at her side.

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There is a story that Boudica's body lies where she fell, in the place that is now Platform 10 of Kings Cross Station in London. In fact, this is the reason that Harry Potter's Hogwarts Express leaves from platform nine and three quarters. However, sadly, this is a myth. The Warrior Queen's final battle was actually in modern Warwickshire.

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Love the hat! Marguerite de Valois

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"We British are used to women commanders in war; I am descended from mighty men! But I am not fighting for my kingdom and wealth now. I am fighting as an ordinary person for my lost freedom, my bruised body, and my outraged daughters.... Consider how many of you are fighting — and why! Then you will win this battle, or perish. That is what I, a woman, plan to do!— let the men live in slavery if they will." These are the words of Queen Boudicca, according to ancient historian Tacitus.

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Brittany. Sculpture à la Lyre (hauteur 43 cm) datée du IIe s. avant notre ère, mise au jour lors de la fouille d'une résidence aristocratique à Paule, Cotes d'Armor. Brittany

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