7 – The Claudian Invasion of Britannia

This episode covers the invasion of Britannia in 42 CE by emperor Claudius. The major characters we’ll be talking about today are…

Emperor Claudius – Emperor of Rome and man in need of a serious PR campaign.
Aulus Plautius – His General, and the man tasked with invading Britannia.
Vespasian – Leader of the Second Legion and future Emperor of Rome (though he didn’t know it yet).
Togodomnus – Son of Cunobellinus and leader of the Catuvellauni.
Caractucus – Brother of Togodomnus, and other leader of the Catvellauni

“Whoever were the first inhabitants of Britain, whether natives or immigrants, has never been answered: don’t forget we are dealing with barbarians.” – Tacitus, Agricola.

Emperor Claudius, driven by politics and a need to establish his value, has dispatched the Second, Ninth, Fourteenth, and Twentieth legions to Britannia. The British warriors tribes managed to hold their own against the power of Rome twice before, and against Rome’s most famous General, but will they be able to withstand the sheer destruction that four legions can bring? Only time will tell.

(History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, Celtic History, Roman History)

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  1. Where do you get the blonde hair and blue eyes? I know that later Romans describe the Angles thus but I have not come across sources describing the 1st Century Britons in this way.
    Just discovered your site and enjoying it, Tim

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