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Red Queen, White Queen (Celtic Tetralogy #3)

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The Savage Vengeance of Boadicea

I wish there were a man strong enough to stand against me

AD61: Nero has a comfortable grip on his empire. In Gaul, in Germany, in the Middle East, all is quiet. But in Britain his tax collectors beat and rape the daughters of an obscure minor chieftain, sparking an upheaval that is to cause seventy thousand deaths and bring to his ears the n
Paperback, 209 pages
Published 1980 by Savoy Books (first published January 1st 1958)
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Apr 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
Red Queen, White Queen, published in 1958, was one of historical novelist Henry Treece’s better known books. As Michael Moorcock, a great admirer of his work, says in the introduction “There is little overt ‘magic’ in these tales, yet the magic – the mystery – permeates them.” The novel deals with Boudicca’s revolt against the Romans in 61 A.D., although it really deals more with the fates of a number of relatively unimportant people whose lives are changed forever by these events. Treece was es ...more
Silvio Curtis
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Set in Britain during the rebellion led by Boudicca, a local queen, a few decades into the Roman occupation. The main character is a Roman soldier sent along with his British half-brother to assassinate Boudicca. I was more aware of historical implausibilities in this book than in The Green Man, probably because I know more about Roman than early Germanic history, but they, and the stylized dialogue, don't sit as well in this historical setting as they do in a semi-mythical one. I'm not talking ...more
Mar 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, historical, 2012
I remember reading Henry Treece and Nigel Tranter novels when I was at high school and how much I enjoyed the tales.
You were always thrown back in time and with out really knowing it taken on a bit of a history lesson.
I enjoyed the book, I enjoyed the tale, I was not to keen on the lead character but there was enough happening to keep you wanting to find out how it all ends.
At times the dialogue seemed a bit stilted but it is a minor quibble. It is a well paced story, lots of action, a bit of
Oct 02, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The idea that Boudicca's uprising is known only through the biased accounts of the victors, which are likely to be largely unreliable, is given in the prologue, and it seemed to me the only interesting idea expressed in the entire book. The author infers from it a license to present the Boudicca of his imagination: a maternal figure who is almost a goddess, a type of Earth mother. Continued
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Great tale of Boudicca
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Henry Treece (22 December 1911 – 10 June 1966) was a British poet and writer, who worked also as a teacher, and editor. He is perhaps best remembered now as a historical novelist, particularly as a children's historical novelist, although he also wrote some adult historical novels.
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Other Books in the Series

Celtic Tetralogy (4 books)
  • The Golden Strangers (Celtic Tetralogy, #1)
  • The Dark Island (Celtic Tetralogy, #2)
  • The Great Captains (Celtic Tetralogy, #4)