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Imperial Governor [Hardcover]

George Shipway
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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Imprint unknown; 1st edition (Jan 1968)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0432147500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0432147504
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.3 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,487,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Roman Road 4 Jan 2014
By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
This is an excellent tale of the governor of Britannia during the rising of Boudicca. Nero appears not as some insane joke but as recognisably the successor of Augustus. Our hero is sent to his province not for the glory of Rome but to make it earn a surplus for Rome. What might otherwise be just a bit of military history is set in a much more complex model. Once in theatre we are treated to campaigns against a number of tribes described in ways that I am sure old North West Frontier hands must have understood. These culminate in the capture of Anglesey, but as if the relentless drive of campaign and targets is not enough the rising of Boudicca then occurs leading to the near loss of the province in a scrambling campaign. The book's subject, Suetonius Paulinus, is portrayed as a man of his class and time, and even to the end he never quite understands the politicos. My original version had a foreword by (I think) Auchinleck in which he said how much of his experience in India was paralleled by this account. A worthy successor to Alfred Duggan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Triumph! 9 Jan 2014
By Trajan
Format:Hardcover
George Shipway was a writer of historical fiction in the sixties-seventies, although he penned only a few works they were excellent. Imperial Governor revolves around the Boudicca Iceni revolt in A D 61, seen through the eyes of the new Governor Suetonius Paulinus a general of high renown.
Shipway as an ex army officer and historian with a penchant for great story telling has penned an exciting narrative, with historical fact and fiction expertly interwoven, gritty action, three dimensional Characters, and a vivid sense of the times. Highly recommended.
For those who would like further information on this epoch I highly recommend the OSPREY Campaign, Warrior, and men at arms booklets, with great overviews, excellent illustrations, and highly detailed maps
The perfect companion to this excellent work is the ROMA VICTRIX wine beaker.Calix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Imperial Governor 26 Jan 2013
By John Bowen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I've always been a history buff, especially of the Romans, so perhaps I'm prejudiced. This is a fictional account of the revolt of Boudicca, the great Icenian Queen who revolted against the Roman occupation of Britain from the perspective of the military governor of Britain Sutonius Paulinus. Both were real people and the major actions that are described in the book actually happened. Shipway, the author, was in his youth a subaltern (low ranking officer) in cavalry in the British occupation of India, had a real perspective into the minds and culture of imperialist occupiers of a country, and that brings this book to life. His research and the execution of his work into the details of how Boudicca was wronged and how she nearly threw the Roman occupiers out of the country, as well as the mental visions of the campaigns Paulinus ran have the personal touch of one who "was there" and they are vivid. I've read the book several times and still am fascinated by the story and the evolution of the mind of Paulinus, a dedicated Imperialist, who started with no great prejudice of the Britons as people but morphed into a Lt Calley (of My Lai fame) figure is frightening. But the visual details in the prose of the ordinary legionaries and their officers in combat are thrilling and very vivid, for example the scene of how the centurions lined up their legionaries chest deep in the water off Anglesey in Wales to assault the beach made me feel the water, the fear and horror of imminent combat.

Even now as this country is occupying many countries and our soldiers are in many foreign lands, this book brings the insight of ages into what it is like to be a hated occupier in someone else's country. It is really worth a read! Someone ought to make a movie of this, it would be a blockbuster!
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