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Roman and Early Medieval Wales [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Jeffrey L. Davies , Christopher J. Arnold
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19 Oct 2000
Fully illustrated with explanatory maps, tables and plans, and with many striking photographs of some of the most evocative ancient sites in Britain, this book will be invaluable reading for anyone keen to learn about these key periods in Welsh history.

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  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press Ltd; illustrated edition edition (19 Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750921749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750921749
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 17.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,004,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Roman and Early Medieval Wales 16 July 2008
This is the first book I've brought on this subject after having read a few titles on Roman Britain. It is a fascinating and well researched book that covers all aspects of life in Roman Wales. Unfortunately it isn't always an easy read. Some passages can get rather technical, and I can't help but think the book was aimed at the archaeological student first and the layman second. It's best if you have some knowledge of Roman Britain before you pick up this book, because you'll otherwise find it a struggle.

The book covers all areas of Wales, from the urban south to the rural north. Starting with the period of the conquest, the book covers subjects such as communications; population, society and political structure; urbanisation; military related-settlement; rural settlement; subsistence; economic activity; art and architecture; religion and ritual and death and burial.

This gives you a very broad and interesting look at all of Roman society in the country, and I found the sections on the developments of the 'Vici' fascinating. The look at rural settlement and religion were also very good.

The second part of the book covers the Dark Ages, with a look at Welsh society between AD 400-1000. This section is a lot thinner than the Roman, but it's interesting nonetheless. There's a lack of archaeological evidence for this period, but the authors make the best of the scant evidence.

Photographs, maps, graphs, line drawings and reconstructive paintings are included. These are often well placed and edited, even though the maps can be a bit basic sometimes.

In conclusion I found this book a scholarly and indepth look at Roman society in Wales. It might not be the easiest read at times, and prior knowledge of the period is a must, but interested non-experts and students of the period will find this book invaluable. Recommended!
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