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Queen Boudicca's Battle of Britain [Hardcover]

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27 July 2003
Using the words of ancient Roman writers, this work offers an alternative perspective on many aspects of the events which took place during one of the most evocative periods in British history - from the time of the Roman invasion to the aftermath of Queen Boudicca's rebellion.

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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Spellmount Publishers Ltd (27 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862271941
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862271944
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16.3 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,868,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The (Location:King's Lynn, Norfolk) has written several books in the crime genre but has put his deductive powers to the task of extracting as much knowledge as is possible from the words of those ancient writers, about events in Britain between AD43 and AD61.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A slim book, but plenty of information 5 April 2005
On first viewing, the book looks disappointingly thin and perhaps over-priced from just initial looks. However the book is very well written and offers some new ideas on the Boudica legend.
The author uses several passages from the classical texts of Tacitus and Dio Cassius, as used in most Boudica history books. The way those passages are quoted and then analysed still leaves plenty opportunity for the reader to try and work out interpretations themselves.
The angle this books starts on deals a lot with landscape archaeology and theories on placement of the main Iceni capital, with views on Venta Icenorum not being the true tribal capital. There's also some fascinating ideas about the ancient trackways across Norfolk; such as Peddars Way.
Throughout the book there are photos(black and white) and diagrams, particularly interesting are the maps of how the land has changed since the 1st Century.
It's an easy book to read, and you don't need to be a scholar to get to grips with the theories. The book follows the events leading up to and through the Revolt of 60AD. All in all, a very good read!
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Amazon.com: 3.5 out of 5 stars  2 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful Contribution 19 May 2012
By Mr. A. D. Bickerstaffe - Published on Amazon.com
This book does provide a useful review of the Source evidence from Roman writers, and, from a military perspective, draws a rather more convincing narrative than that generally trotted out. In particular, the suggestion that Verulamium was sacked before London makes good sense, and a much more convincing location is found for Suetonius' final victory than the west midlands one generally advanced.
I'm sure some commentators will pick on some dubious passages, and the overall style, to dismiss this book, and one fears that the key arguments will probably be ignored until presented by someone eminent.
Overall it is a useful contribution to the debate, and should be given serious consideration alongside the other books on the subject.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not the book I wanted 16 Feb 2007
By Laura Fidler - Published on Amazon.com
Disappointed by the end of the second chapter, I sent this book back to Amazon. The writing style reminded me of that of a freshman year college student trying to stretch her measly research to fill out a ten page paper using the sort of logic that is generally limited to those newly entering the world of academia. (To wit, I have a fact: it could mean one thing, it could mean another. Or perhaps a third.)

The premise of the book is an excellent one: a sort of verbal archaeological exploration of ancient events. Instead, it read as if the author discovered he lacked the sources to make that exploration, but decided to go ahead with the project rather than attack differently or scrap it altogether.
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