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Vindolanda by [Goldsworthy, Adrian]
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Vindolanda Kindle Edition

4.3 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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'An instant classic of the genre. No historian knows more about the Roman army than Adrian Goldsworthy, and no novelist better recreates the Classical World. Flavius Ferox, Briton turned Roman Centurion is a wonderful, charismatic hero. Action and authenticity combine in a thrilling and engrossing novel' Harry Sidebottom.

'A well-written and authoritative novel that is always enjoyable and entertaining' For Winter Nights.

'An authentic, enjoyable read' The Times.

'Don't be surprised if you see Vindolanda in the starting line-up for Historical Fiction Book of the Year 2017' Weekend Sport.

About the Author

Adrian Goldsworthy studied at Oxford and became an acclaimed historian of Ancient Rome. He is the author of several books, including Anthony and Cleopatra, Caesar, and The Fall of the West. Visit adriangoldsworthy.com.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3779 KB
  • Print Length: 351 pages
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus (1 Jun. 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01MG560CJ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,956 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By JPS TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Jun. 2017
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This is Adrian Goldsworthy’s first “swords and sandals” novel taking place during the Roman Empire, although it is not his first historical novel. Historians do not necessarily make good novelists (and vice versa) although I must confess that I was simply unable to put this book down and finished it in about two days, one early morning.

While the book may not be perfect, as some other reviewers have pointed at, and may not be entirely original – this is not exactly the first novel taking place on the northern frontiers of Britannia or “on the edge of the world” to paraphrase another book’s title, it does however a lot going for it.

First of all, this is a novel for those who like them as accurate as possible with regards to the historical context and day to day life. The author is, of course, ideally placed to achieve this and get the details right.

With regards to the historical context, the year is AD 98, and Trajan has just become Emperor a few weeks (or months) before. There is lots of uncertainty and apprehension, with Trajan’s position not yet cemented to the extent that he has not yet made it to Rome to get endorsed by the Senate and prefers to remain with the Rhine legions. Potential rivals lurk in the dark while memories of the bitter civil war that say the demise of Nero thirty years before are still fresh in many people’s mind.

The reign of Domitian, who was assassinated two years before, saw this Emperor put a stop to Roman expansion in Britain, with camps being abandoned in what is now Scotland, troops being pulled back and even a full legion being redeployed on the Danube to face the Dacians and Sarmatians.
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We walked Hadrian's Wall last year and this was a bit of a nostagia buy. I found it a great story with it's feet solidly in fact. The sort of historical fiction I enjoy most. I'll be looking out for the next book.
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An excellent read about a period of Roman history in Britain that is usually covered by other authors.
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Having been to Vindolanda and the surrounding area and read the book in one sitting, I can sit down shut my eyes and the book comes to life in the comfort of my armchair. BRILLIANT.
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Excellent story- well paced and with meticulous detail about matters military." Author is a serious historian and it shows...have been to t he wall area made it more gripping.highly recommended as one of best of genre.
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Really enjoyed Vindolanda, good characters and well written.
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good read for holiday
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