41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Amusing, educational and intelligent.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Asterix in Britain (Knight Books) (Paperback)
I had never been much of a fan of Asterix (but for some reason liked Tintin) until I was writing a supposedly much more serious book on London's archaeology earlier this year, and decided to look at how different authors (both academic and popular) had imagined Roman London in the past. When I read Asterix in Britain I was astonished not only by how good the story and artwork was, but at the remarkable coincidences between Goscinny and Uderzo's depiction of Londinium and what we have actually excavated in recent years - including streets, buildings and details like timber doors just like the one knocked down by Obelix on p. 33. The similarities were almost too good to be true, so I asked for permission to use some of the images in the archaeology book called 'Heart of the City'. The publishers kindly agreed and as a result Asterix drawings can now be directly compared to real Roman buildings and other finds discovered in London in the 1990s. What greater recommendation can it have then one from the unlikely source of a London archaeologist. Mind you we still haven't found evidence for double-decker chariots. Up Britannia!