Published: 28th Jan 2009

Since early childhood I took inspiration from an ancient English heroine – Boadicea, who led an uprising against the occupying forces of the Roman Empire in the first century. To a girl growing up in the 50s and 60s caught in the constraints of the post war, pre-feminist era, Boadicea, triumphant in her chariot, epitomised the strong female leadership that I yearned for. Undeterred by imperial Rome and the whole panoply of power that they represented she championed the cause of her people and drew them with her in their thousands to fight at her side. Alongside this determination to challenge the powers that be, which was very attractive to me, Boadicea was a magnificent horsewoman and lived her life with the Icene tribe in complete harmony with the environment. Always strongly aware of the natural environment as I grew and entered adulthood, I became more and more conscious of … (To read the full article, subscribe below)