Boudicca's Rebellion AD 60-61: The Britons rise up against Rome (Campaign) Paperback – 20 Apr 2011
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Boudicca's forces defeated the Roman IX Legion, and went on to destroy Colchester, London and Verulamium, before being brought to heel by a Roman army led by Paulinus.
About the Author
Dr Nic Fields started his career as a biochemist before joining the Royal Marines. Having left the military, he went back to University and completed a BA and PhD in Ancient History at the University of Newcastle. He was Assistant Director at the British School at Athens, Greece, and then a lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Edinburgh. Nic is now a freelance author and researcher based in south-west France.
Peter Dennis was born in 1950. Inspired by contemporary magazines such as Look and Learn he studied Illustration at Liverpool Art College. Peter has since contributed to hundreds of books, predominantly on historical subjects, including many Osprey titles. A keen wargamer and modelmaker, he is based in Nottinghamshire, UK.
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The first criticism, found on Amazon.co.uk, was to take this little volume and its author to task because it is "academic". It is, but then these titles are meant to be about a historical campaign and I have never expected them to read like historical novels. That does not seem to the intention of the collection and it is probably not what they are supposed to be. In addition, the criticism of being "academic" seems somewhat harsh and perhaps a bit unfair. I am not quite sure that readers would find many pictures of re-enactors in Roman arms and armour in a so-called "academic" book on the Roman Army, for instance.
The second criticism, this time to be found in reviews on Amazon.com, was to say that "there was nothing new" in the book or that there was lots of padding. These two are perhaps even more unfair.
It is rather difficult, not to say quite impossible, to write something about the Boudicca rebellion without, beforehand, providing context. This is something that all Osprey campaign titles do, or, to be accurate, all of the ones that I have read (meaning several dozen although I stopped counting a long time ago). So, unsurprisingly, the reader will get treated to a summary of the first contacts with the Romans, of the Roman invasion, of the conquest and of the Romans in Britain from AD 43 onwards.
There may be a point about the padding however.Read more ›
What this title by Nic Fields does is take the reader by the hand, present the events of the time in a clear concise manner and above all else presents the reader with the facts in such a way that they can follow and comprehend without being coloured one way or the other. Add to this great illustrations, maps to help bring the details to life and you have a book that is a wonderful read as well as a great addition to your shelves.
Well worth a punt.
Lets be honest, Osprey books are about the subject in question, in this instance Boudicca's rebellion, and not one of these tomes intended for students wanting to obtain degrees in the history genre. So it is with some dismay I saw that this book delved far too much into the evidence-type of background, similar to academians in their large books putting forward their evidence for this and that. The actual 'action', if one could say that there was any in here, was restricted to a few pages and then 2/3rds of the way through.
In fact very little was given over to the action. Having just read the Teutoberger Wald campaign book, this one came as a nasty surprise. Also Nik isn't the greatest writer; too many times he began a paragraph with the word 'Anyway', and its repetition added to my irritation. There were a couple of badly worded sentences too. Both these faults could have and should have been corrected with the editing, but this seems to have gone awry.
Another irritating feature was Nik Fields' use of the Roman and English spelling of a place, e.g. London-Londinium and Colchester-Camulodinum etc. For heaven's sake, this isn't the BBC which is dumbed down to the lowest common denominator. Assume please we're capable of knowing Verulaminium is St.Albans (particularly as it can be explained at the start) rather than constantly put both in every time a place is referred to.Read more ›
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I like these historical osprey titles. You always seem to pick up on little snippets of info that get overlooked. The illustrations a very stimulating too.Published on 17 Feb. 2013 by C.A. Powell
This book was a gift for my brother who has a passion for British history,he rated this book highly enjoyed the read and the information that it gave, well written would appeal to... Read morePublished on 24 Jun. 2012 by alison
A wonderful product and all of osprey, magnificent illustrations, though few, easy and entertaining reading. Read morePublished on 12 Jun. 2012 by jabalasch
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