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The Eagle and the Wolf : Roman Britain in Turmoil

The Eagle and the Wolf : Roman Britain in Turmoil [Kindle Edition]

Lilian Jackson
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Romans and Celts collide in northern Britain in this thrilling epic, which is woven around real people who lived at Vindolanda Roman Fort in AD103. The story includes druids, dangerous journeys, human sacrifice, bog burial and mighty battles. It also incorporates ten of the famous Vindolanda Tablets, which were voted the greatest treasures in the British Museum.
When Lepidina, wife of the prefect of Vindolanda, receives this famous birthday invitation from her dear friend, Claudia, who lives some distance away at Briga, Lepidina resolves to go.
"Claudia Severa to her Lepidina Greetings. On 11 September, sister, for the day of the celebration of my birthday, I give you warm invitation to make sure that you come to us, to make the day more enjoyable for me by your arrival. Give my greetings to your Cerialis. My Aelius and my little son send him their greetings. I shall expect you, sister. Farewell, sister, my dearest soul, as I hope to prosper, and hail. To Sulpicia Lepidina, wife of Cerialis from Severa."
But will her husband allow her to travel in such dangerous times with regular native attacks upon Roman travellers? Will Lepidina arrive safely at Briga for the party? Will the native Brits manage to take back their sacred site of Vindolanda, stolen from them by the Romans? Read about this mighty clash of cultures!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 490 KB
  • Print Length: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Amazon (2 Jan 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HW6P7Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #109,793 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Lilian Jackson was born in north west England. A former Chartered Librarian, Lilian has been a keen reader since childhood, enjoying historical and science fiction, as well as poetry and literary fiction. A recent Friend of Vindolanda Roman Fort in Northumberland, she became fascinated by the Vindolanda Tablets, which provide wonderful insights into the people who lived at the Fort during the Roman occupation of Britain. Her debut novel The Eagle and the Wolf : Roman Britain in Turmoil is structured around ten of the Vindolanda Tablets, which are currently housed in the British Museum and were voted the greatest treasures in the Museum.
Lilian said recently "nobody knows whether Lepidina went to Claudia's birthday party, so I decided to write the story of what happened after Lepidina received the famous invitation. Delving into Iron Age life on the edge of the Roman Empire, the epic clash of cultures that must have taken place in AD103, became an obsession for me. The novel took four years to research and write, four of the most interesting years of my life."

The author's writing plan for The Eagle and the Wolf can be downloaded from her website .

The author is now working on her second novel, which will be an action and adventure tale.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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This is a unique, gripping and entertaining read, which holds the reader's interest right
to the end. A meticulously drawn and vividly depicted epic tale, which weaves a story
around real people who lived at Vindolanda Roman Fort in AD103. The book is an eye
opener into the world of Romans and Celts in Ancient Britain. Highly recommended,
particularly for anyone with an interest in Roman Britain or the Vindolanda Tablets,
although prior knowledge of these is not necessary, as this book would be enjoyed by
those with no specialist knowledge at all. Excellent.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars whilst nothing wrong...this is nothing new 26 Sep 2011
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Don;t get me wrong, there is nothing inherently negative about this book. The writing is excellent and the characters have depth. The battle scenes were a little short for me but still carried plenty of 'stabbing and hacking'.

However, this is nothing new. You get to meet eh burly centurions, savage barbarian, inept governor, jumped up prefect etc....this has all been done before. Maybe I have read too many, and to those historical fiction fans that are new to the scene you will find this an enjoyable book.

There is a wealth of historical fiction novels based around Rome available these days that, as a new author to the scene, you really need to bring something fresh to the 'orgy'.

In my opinion, The eagle and the wolf does not do that
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I very much enjoyed this novel 30 Oct 2012
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Being pretty much retired now and with more spare time than in the past I read lots of novels about the Roman period and bought this on impulse for my new Kindle - nearly being put off buying it by the mixed reviews. I am so glad that I did buy it! Yes, the style is not as polished as that of the well known authors of this period BUT this is a FIRST novel. It is not perfect - there are 'typos' and the writing style continues developing throughout the novel - but I thoroughly enjoyed it and the idea of using the Vindolanda tablets was inspired. If the author writes another novel set in this period I will buy without hesitation. Everyone will have different opinions and others may not enjoy as much as I did but I give this 5 stars and I make my 'star rating' based on 1, did I enjoy the novel? 2. did it hold my attention throughout? 3. did I get to know the characters and care what happened to them? 4. Was I sorry that the novel finished - did I want to read more? and 5. Would I buy another novel from this author? The answer to all those is 'yes' and consequently this book gets my 5 stars.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Loved the idea.... 29 Oct 2011
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A few years ago I lived and worked in the north of England, and often travelled along Hadrian's Wall. I was an alien there too. That meant I also visited Vindolanda, the Roman fort at the centre of Lillian Jackson's story. So perhaps it was inevitable I'd want to read this book. If you visit the museum you can see the remnants of wooden tablets on which messages were written. Jackson has taken these and written the story around them. I thought it was a fascinating place to visit, I loved the idea of the story, and I was looking forward to reading it.

I loved the idea, but I didn't love the book. If I may respectfully disagree with previous reviewers, it really wasn't all that well-written. Perhaps it was in the editing, but I sometimes felt I could tell the places where the text had been reworked, and the places where it simply needed more work. It's always a bad sign when you laugh out loud at a sentence, like;

"That very afternoon, the natives were scheming".


"If it hadn't been for Claudia's dratted birthday party."

Jackson gets into a bit of a muddle about which place names to use, never an easy job in historical novels. As it is, we've ended up with a mishmash, some Roman, some Celtic, some Anglo Saxon, some modern. If I only knew more, I'd probably recognize some Viking names in there too. It all reads oddly. For example, in one list of Roman forts, we had "Coria, Trimontium, Oakwood, Carvoran, High Rochester, Cappuck, Chew Green and Nether Denton."

Without knowing all that much about the names, you can see that this is all over the place. Oakwood sits uneasily beside a Roman name like "Trimontium".
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I liked this novel because the native Brits are given a presence in the story which equals that of the Romans, unlike many other tales of Roman Britain. The Romans have their gods and so do the British Celts. This story prompted me to find out more about the beliefs of the Celts. The Eagle and the Wolf brings the old Celtic tales to life, whilst doing justice to the lives and beliefs of the invaders. This is a novel of insight and imagination.
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