The Battle of Watling Street (novella)
This is my first published work of fiction, a short historical Sci-Fi novella and a prequel to my upcoming novel, The Bondage of The Soil. 1st century AD…
“In the year 1009 A.D., the sun went dark and the moon was seen all blood-red and a great earthquake struck and there fell from the sky with a loud and crashing noise a huge burning torch like a column or a tower. This was followed by the death of many people... More people died than remained alive.”
In the land of the Romans in the year 73 B.C., a golden ball was seen in the sky, which then came down to the Earth and rolled about and flew back up into the air again, in the direction of the rising sun, so that its great size covered up the sun completely. This was followed by the great Roman war.”
Verulamium – The Catuvellauni tribe had a settlement named Verlamion. The Romans took it over, granting it the rank of municipium around 50 AD. It was sacked by Boudica’s army and was the site of the martyrdom of the first British martyr saint, St. Albans. Verulamium is sited in the southwest of the modern city of St. Albans.
Gaius Suetonius Paulinus – Governor of Britain during the revolt of Boudica. He was assaulting the island of Mona when he received word that Boudica and her followers were on the march and had destroyed Camulodunum. He quickly made terms with the island and marched back to Londinium. However, there was no way to save that city, so he ordered it evacuated. At the Battle of Watling Street, Suetonius was able to defeat and essentially destroy the rebellion. Suetonius was later recalled by Nero.