Outnumbered ten-to-one, he took his 5,000 men to a field of his choosing, with super steep inclines on either side and a forest at his back. The only way through the field was through his men. He suspected Boudicca wouldn’t resist this challenge.
She didn’t. Eager to end the war, she marched her entire tribe into the valley against the Roman forces and 80,000 barbarians with axes, maces and human heads as weapons met a wall of Roman shields and spears.
Fighting in close quarters, the barbarians saw their bravest warriors get cut down by swords, javelins and began to falter. Before long, it was the Romans pushing them back and when space was made, Suetonius ordered his cavalry to march through the horde and obliterated the Iceni. Boudicca was left with one quarter of her original force, and refusing to be taken alive, she ingested poison and died on the battlefield with her men.