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Boudicca's Rebellion AD 60-61: The Britons rise up against Rome (Campaign) Paperback – 20 Apr 2011

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (20 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849083134
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849083133
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 0.7 x 25.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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By JPS TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Nov. 2012
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I was a bit surprised by the two types of - not necessarily consistent - criticism that this Osprey title has attracted. In my view, it is one of the better ones in the ever expanding collection of titles.

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.
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I read this whilst in Norfol and visiting a few hill forts. The best bit is the pick of Stonea Camp which inspired me to go and what a great sight it is. Fairly tecnhical book with an odd writing style and I suspect some of his comments are questionable and non mainstream. Gives an idea of what happened, and his guess is as good as any, but ultimately could be done in a less convoluted and simplitisc style. The drawings are o-level standard too. Glad I read this part of history though
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Depending what you watch and when you watch it depends upon the details that are given to do with the Boudicca uprising of 60-61 AD. Whilst some concentrate purely on the warrior queen, others tend to stick with the Roman Legions and whilst a number of the details are the same, they can vary greatly depending on the sources cited by the presenter or historian.

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.
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This is the first Osprey I've bought in a while that hasn't disappointed on some level. It features well drawn, if a little busy, illustrations. a concise authoritative text, bringing together the classical accounts with relevant archaeological evidence and new thinking on the warfare of the period.
Well worth a punt.
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This is a slim book, inexpensive but looks it. The subject matter was well explained, interesting, and fairly thorough bearing in mind that it is not an in-depth academic exploration of all the surrounding issues. I enjoyed it but would have appreciated a bit more speculation about motives and background and especially more on the perceived personality of Boudicca and her girls and on how and where their demise might have come.
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I've got over 50 Osprey books, many of them 'campaign' books, so I have got to know the format and feel of these. This is the first Nik Fields book I've read and I think that it will be my last, mostly because its too much of an academic style of book and not one I've come to know and love from Osprey.

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.
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