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Conquest: Roman Invasion of Britain [Hardcover]

John Peddie
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July 1998
The story of the Claudian Conquest of Britain was only parly recorded by ancient historians. Tacitus Annals breaks off at the death of Tiberius, while the narrative of Cassius Dio survives only as a collection of elected pieces. Much of the missing knowledge has been recaptured by archaelogical research. As a result we have a better understanding of the tribal society which then existed in Britain and this can help us to appreciate the courses of military action open to Plautius, the commanding Roman general. Peddie argues that organization and supply problems of the Roman task force dictated Roman tactics. He discusses what these may have been, examines the reasons for a seemingly isolated foray into the West Country, and suggests that the guerrilla campaign of AD 43-52 denied the Romans their hope of a speedy conquest.
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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bramley Books; New edition edition (July 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858338301
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858338309
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 17.3 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 852,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Peddie was a retired regular infantry officer, who also wrote 'Hannibal's War', 'The Roman War Machine' and 'Alfred: Warrior King. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They came, they saw and certainly conquered 12 Mar 2001
By "dafyn"
Until I recently sat an Archaeology A level, I gave only a passing thought about the Roman period other than dates and the physical remains they left behind.
'Conquest' certainly brings the age to life. The descriptions of the conditions endured by the natives and the Roman soldiers are nothing less than vivid.
As the book unfolds, it illustrates how close the Roman army came to not invading at all.
Not only does the book cover written accounts or simply hypothesise, Mr Peddie, a former soldier, goes all out to prove how the Roman war machine functioned, going so far as to demonstrate how long it would have taken to build roads from the Kent coast to London, using a combination of equations and a team of willing volunteers and re-enactors to prove his findings.
Not only are the movements of fighting men covered but the minute details of logistics,artillery and siege tactics along with how they were employed.
The story of the invasion of Britain has everything, action, adventure and even romance, all the makings of a Hollywood blockbuster. (Is George Lucas interested)
Even as a general read this book works well and is accessible to anyone with a passing interest in the period. Overall this book thoroughly deserves it's five stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and Brilliant Read! 12 May 2010
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Being a history geek and especially of the Roman era and in particular the British history, I had to get this book. The trouble with most books of this nature is that although theyre packed full of names and dates, they dont really tell you much about the people or the mechanics of the time.

This book is different and goes into detail concerning the two aborted attempts by the Romans to conquer Britain before they partially suceeded. Julius Caesers two invasions were repelled and this book covers them. It also explains that had circumstances been different the third invasion would have failed as well had it not been for the southern tribes believing it wouldnt happen. They left their defences, went home as the Romans were refusing to board ships, leaving the way eventually open to walk ashore.

A lot is known about the period but even more isn't for one reason or another. Britain was at the edge of the Empire and in fact was never actually conquered by Rome fully and it wasnt just the Scots who refused to give in. It wasnt just Scots (Picts) that covered themselves in Woad either contrary to popular belief.

This book gives probably one of the best insights into Rome and Britain and if you like this sort of thing its really worth buying!
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