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I discovered this booklet when I was asked to read and review it's sister: Kings
and Queens, for the Amazon Vine programme. I am an avid amateur historian (and currently
reading history for an Honours Degree in the hope I can be a professional historian)
and have a fascination for the Ancient Roman Empire, especially when Rome ruled Brittania,
and this booklet covers almost every thing to do with Roman Britain, both during
and before Rome came on the scene. Well worth purchasing and carrying in in your
pocket whenever venturing out to visit Roman sources.
5.0 out of 5 stars Handy overview of Rome's impact on ancient England 9 Oct 2012
By Joseph M. Reninger - Amazon Review
Roman Britain provides a nicely compact overview of Ancient Rome's impact on England.
It covers the history from the initial Roman invasions by Julius Caesar (54 BC) and
Emperor Claudius (43 AD) to the final release of Britain as a Roman province in 410
AD. Pre-Roman England was an illiterate land. The population was spread out into
tribal farm communities. The empire provided towns, education, culture, and security
to the conquered Britons. Also, roads and commerce provided vast improvements for
the lives of the locals as well as wealth for the conquerors This all lasted until
the barbarian problems in Europe required the removal of the troops from England,
leaving it to the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings who soon moved in.
The book also reviews
the various towns, forts, villas, and other sites that can be visited today. The
condition of the sites and the important things to see are described succinctly.
It's nice for us to read about sites we've already been to, like Hadrian's Wall and
the Chester ampitheatre, and is an inspiration to visit new places, like the Fishbourne
Palace and Bath. It even provides a top ten list of Roman finds, most of which can
be seen at the British Museum.
This book is a handy guide to Rome's impact on Britain
and for places to go and see the classical history of Britain.
Visiting the Past: A Guide to Finding and Understanding Britain’s Archaeology(2nd
Edition. The History Press, 2010) £12.99
Take a virtual walk through all of Britain’s history, from man’s earliest steps here
to World War II in this lively and jargon-free book. Explore Britain’s national and
local sites from the monuments and ruins that are all around us and discover that
archaeology is everywhere and for everyone as Gillian exposes the stories behind
the landscapes we live and work and move in. You’ll never look at an empty field,
ancient ruin or old buildings in the same way again …
Amazon rating:5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed By Hans R. Bichsel
Gillian Hovell claims that you may never go for a walk again and just admire the
view - history will accompany you all the way. She is spot on. Soon it makes you
want to find out more about one or the other aspect of archaeology or a particular
site. This is not a book for the book shelf. Keep it where you can see it and access
it whenever you feel like. If you are new to archaeology this is what gets you going.
Fellbeck: Not just a Road, a Bridge and a Pub £10.00
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A limited print run of this wonderfully illustrated book on Fellbeck in Nidderdale.
Packed full of old photographs as well as all-colour images of surviving archaeology
and historical sites, this is the result of years of fieldwork and research by the
Fellbeck Heritage Groupof which I was an active member during its work.
The Iron-Age (Nidderdale) Project - Mining and Smelting in Dacre and Darley £12.00
Out of stock
This paper (produced jointly with Jim Brophy) follows the Project’s presentation
at the Northern Mines Research Society in reeth 1-3 October 2010, and it has now
been published in their anniversary ‘50 Years of Mining History’