the village fires drifts across the fields as a farmer puts
his oxen to work.
The Iceni tribe
can be traced back to the Romans.
Probably the best-known member of the tribe is the Celtic Queen,
Boadicea who headed the rebellion of 60/61AD.
The tribe was to be found on the east coast in the area that is
today known as Norfolk and North Suffolk.
Along with the rest of England, the Iceni came under Roman rule
after the invasion of 43AD.
The Iceni king Prasutagus ruled with his wife, Queen Boadicea.
When Prasutagus died he split his kingdom in two leaving half to
the Roman emperor Nero and the other half to his wife Boadicea.
The Romans were insulted and felt that the entire kingdom should
have been given to Nero.
Led by Queen Boadicea, the Iceni tried to rebel against the imposition
of the Roman Way of life after she and her daughters were violated
Despite her victorious battles in Colchester, London and St Albans,
her armies were eventually brutally quashed.
The area now known as Norfolk had many Iceni settlements. Brettenham
was a small settlement on the Peddars Way, east of Thetford.
The Peddars Way can still be walked and stretches some 35
miles across the high ground of West Norfolk. It was probably built
for military purposes.
At Caister St Edmund remnants of the small walled seaport
are to be found. It was once the regional capital.
Thetford was a major religious centre at an important river crossing
whilst at Snettisham there is a Celtic centre on the Icknield
Today it is possible to get a feel of life as an Iceni. At Swaffham
an Iceni village has been reconstructed on the site of an original
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