The Real Lives of Roman Britain (Hardback)Guy de la Bedoyere (author)
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The Britain of the Roman Occupation is, in a way, an age that is dark to us. While the main events from 55 BC to AD 410 are little disputed, and the archaeological remains of villas, forts, walls, and cities explain a great deal, we lack a clear sense of individual lives. This book is the first to infuse the story of Britannia with a beating heart, the first to describe in detail who its inhabitants were and their place in our history.
A lifelong specialist in Romano-British history, Guy de la Bedoyere is the first to recover the period exclusively as a human experience. He focuses not on military campaigns and imperial politics but on individual, personal stories. Roman Britain is revealed as a place where the ambitious scramble for power and prestige, the devout seek solace and security through religion, men and women eke out existences in a provincial frontier land. De la Bedoyere introduces Fortunata the slave girl, Emeritus the frustrated centurion, the grieving father Quintus Corellius Fortis, and the brilliant metal worker Boduogenus, among numerous others. Through a wide array of records and artifacts, the author introduces the colorful cast of immigrants who arrived during the Roman era while offering an unusual glimpse of indigenous Britons, until now nearly invisible in histories of Roman Britain.
Publisher: Yale University Press
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 21 mm
-- David Kennedy
"De la Bedoyere is engaging and thought-provoking throughout, telling the well-worn story of Roman Britain from a compelling and deeply affecting standpoint. This is history at its best." - Miles Russell, BBC History
-- Miles Russell * BBC History Magazine *
"[An] amazing, not overly-long book. . . . Mr. de la Bedoyere[,] your commentaries on the Boudican War, tribal politics, architecture, religion, the Imperial crisis of the third century, and much, much more provide a rich historical backdrop for the stories of the lives of the ordinary people who are the real stars of your book. Great read, and my hat is off to you, sir!"-Alex Johnston, UNRV.com -- Alex Johnston * UNRV.com *
"De la Bedoyere considers each bit of evidence with wit and imagination, leading the reader with him on the path of discovery."-Pamela Toler, blogging at History in the Margins, from Shelf Awareness for Readers -- Pamela Toler * Shelf Awareness for Readers *
"As a short history of Roman Britain, unencumbered by the apparatus of too much military history, it is one of the best available, both up-to-date and refreshingly skeptical."-Mary Beard, New York Review of Books -- Mary Beard * New York Review of Books *
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