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The Heart of Boadicea
The sudden death of her husband robs a queen of her throne. She is urged to take up arms and seek vengeance by her people. However she must weigh out the consequences of her actions and choose a course that will safeguard the lives of her people.
Air Dates:
First Run - March 10, 1982
Repeat - May 25, 1982
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3 Responses to Episode 1300

This was the first of the historic episodes of Mystery Theater that I have listened to. "The Heart of Boadicia" was historically questionable, but fantastically acted out. The story was so smooth that it seemed to last only a few minutes. This would be a good episode to listen to for first timers. Bare in mind though, there is NO fear you can hear; just a good story.

Roman Britain, AD 60—Violated and betrayed by her Roman overlords, Boadicea, Queen of the Iceni, stages a bloody uprising to cleanse her land of foreign oppressors, but then finds herself torn between her lust for vengeance and her love for a pacifistic vassal. Loosely based on reality.

This show presents the historical figure of Boadicea (Boudicca) in a relatively positive light. In truth, she was a horrible woman who was responsible for the brutal massacre of tens of thousand of her own countrymen, as well as Romans. Her atrocities are dealt with only in passing, easily missed if you are not listening carefully. Like so much of RMT, there is little in the way of sound effects to bolster the story—no thunder of armies, no clash of sword and shield, only a weak drumbeat beneath the narrated account of the final battle. Still, if you're not a purist, it's well enough written.

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