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3.0 out of 5 stars Where's the argument?
Snyder opens with a short section describing the known history of Britain in the 4th century up to about 410. The second section begins with a discussion of the literary evidence available for 400-600, leading into a series of chapters discussing the meaning of terms used in the literature: 'Britannia', 'patria', 'Britanni', 'cives', 'reges', 'tyranni' and others...
Published on 29 Aug. 2009 by E. L. Wisty


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3.0 out of 5 stars Where's the argument?, 29 Aug. 2009
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E. L. Wisty "World Domination League" (Devon, UK) - See all my reviews
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Snyder opens with a short section describing the known history of Britain in the 4th century up to about 410. The second section begins with a discussion of the literary evidence available for 400-600, leading into a series of chapters discussing the meaning of terms used in the literature: 'Britannia', 'patria', 'Britanni', 'cives', 'reges', 'tyranni' and others.

Section three considers the archaeology, before section four supposedly synthesises the previous two sections. Personally I totally failed to see the argument presented, if indeed there was one. Snyder declares himself in sympathy with the "positivists" trying to reconstruct some sort of detail as opposed to the "reductionists" who say that nothing can be said for certain, but I must have missed his conclusions altogether.

He seems as far as I can ascertain to think that the Britons threw off Roman government (so in agreement for example with Jones' The End of Roman Britain); that urban life continued in many towns (thus in agreement with Dark's Britain and the End of the Roman Empire and White's Britannia Prima: The Romans in the West of Britain and against Esmonde Cleary's The Ending of Roman Britain and Faulkner's The Decline and Fall of Roman Britain); that despite political fragmentation Britons had a sense of Britishness (as against Laycock's Britannia - The Failed State: Tribal Conflict and the End of Roman Britain and Warlords: The Struggle for Power in Post-Roman Britain); but it all seems a bit vague.

Packed with information and therefore useful for students of the period, but too fuzzy in its conclusions for me to rate it highly.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Where's the argument?, 29 Aug. 2009
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This review is from: An Age of Tyrants: Britain and the Britons, AD 400-600 (Hardcover)
Snyder opens with a short section describing the known history of Britain in the 4th century up to about 410. The second section begins with a discussion of the literary evidence available for 400-600, leading into a series of chapters discussing the meaning of terms used in the literature: 'Britannia', 'patria', 'Britanni', 'cives', 'reges', 'tyranni' and others.

Section three considers the archaeology, before section four supposedly synthesises the previous two sections. Personally I totally failed to see the argument presented, if indeed there was one. Snyder declares himself in sympathy with the "positivists" trying to reconstruct some sort of detail as opposed to the "reductionists" who say that nothing can be said for certain, but I must have missed his conclusions altogether.

He seems as far as I can ascertain to think that the Britons threw off Roman government (so in agreement for example with Jones' The End of Roman Britain); that urban life continued in many towns (thus in agreement with Dark's Britain and the End of the Roman Empire and White's Britannia Prima: The Romans in the West of Britain and against Esmonde Cleary's The Ending of Roman Britain and Faulkner's The Decline and Fall of Roman Britain); that despite political fragmentation Britons had a sense of Britishness (as against Laycock's Britannia - The Failed State: Tribal Conflict and the End of Roman Britain and Warlords: The Struggle for Power in Post-Roman Britain); but it all seems a bit vague.

Packed with information and therefore useful for students of the period, but too fuzzy in its conclusions for me to rate it highly.
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This review is from: An Age of Tyrants: Britain and the Britons, AD 400-600 (Hardcover)
Well written and informative.
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