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The Roman Invasion of Britain by Graham…

The Roman Invasion of Britain

by Graham Webster

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On the face of it this would appear quite a dry, academic approach to the subject but the cover is deceptive - actually the whole book is written in such an engaging style I finished it in one day. There is enough background detail I would think for new readers but also plenty of interesting tid-bits and insights for devotees. For example the passages on the legionary commanders, giving a brief who's who and biography for each, are great. My only criticism would be that by concluding the book with Claudius's triumph it seems to stop rather mid-air from a British perspective, but to be fair it is about the invasion, not the final conquest or the later mopping up, which appear to be dealt with in Webster's other books. Somewhat scantily illustrated, all in black and white, but decent for the period it was written in. ( )
  Sally_Newton | Jul 18, 2012 |
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The Roman conquest of Britain in AD43 was one of the most important turning points in the history of the British Isles. It left a legacy still discernible today in the form of archaeological remains, road networks, land divisions and even language. In his much acclaimed trilogy, now up-dated and revised, Dr Webster builds up a fascinating and lively picture of Britain in the first century AD and discusses in detail the various types of evidence and the theories based upon them. Graham Webster gives the background of Britain before the invasion and goes on to describe the Roman forces, the personalities involved, the actual invasion - the crucial battle on the Meday - and Claudius's triumphal entrance into Camulodunum, the British captial.

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