Saturday, March 03, 2007

Other cultural references

There have been scattered reports that the restless spirit of Boudica has been seen in the county of Lincolnshire. These reports, dating back to the mid-19th century, claim Boudica rides her chariot, heading for some unknown destination, and many a traveller and motorist have claimed to have seen her. There has been some debate as to how long this has been going on. Some say that the queen's restless spirit has been appearing since her death, while other suggest that the revival of interest in Boudica's story in the 19th century might have summoned her spirit back to our world. As with all reports of ghostly activity, it is up to the individual to decide whether they are true or not.[28]

There is also a long-lived urban myth that she is buried under Platform 8, 9 or 10 of King's Cross railway station in London.[1] This originates from the village of Battle Bridge (previously on the station's site), which was said to be the site of her last battle, suicide and burial. This is now accepted as a fiction and a hoax, whose origins can be traced back to Lewis Spence's book 'Boadicea - Warrior Queen of the Britons (1937) (where it is given but unevidenced)[29] or earlier.[30] It is now thought that Battle Bridge was a corruption of 'Broad Ford Bridge'. Other such legends place her burial on Parliament Hill, Hampstead or in Suffolk.

In 2003, an LTR retrotransposon from the genome of the human blood fluke Schistosoma mansoni was named Boudicca.[31]

In the Ghosts of Albion series of web animations and books, created by Amber Benson and Christopher Golden, Boudica (called Bodicea in this instance) is represented as a ghost defender of Albion.

In 2005 Boudicca and the Belgic revolt was added to the board game Britannia after twenty years, having been omitted from the original edition. The Boudica spelling had been suggested during development, but traditionalism prevailed.

In 2006, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines announced their newest ship, entering service in early 2006, would be named Boudicca.

Indian queen Rani Lakshmibai is sometimes referred to as the Boudica of India.

Book 9 in Tom Clancy's Net Force Explorers series, Private Lives, features a character named Bodicea, who claims that her mother named her after the legendary queen.

In Greg Weisman's Gargoyles franchise, Boudicca is the name of a gargoyle beast that is part of the Avalon Clan.