Contents: The background: the earliest British Iron Age; Iron B and Iron C in Britain; Caesar's expeditions; Caesar to Claudius; The Claudian Conquest: the rebellion of Boudicca and its aftermath; The Flavian Period; The retreat from Scotland: Hadrian's frontier; The Antonine Wall and the frontier in the second century; Severus and the third century; The administration of Roman Britain; The Roman army in Britain; The towns; The countryside; Trade and industry; The romanisation of Britain; Carausius and the fourth century; The end of Roman Britain.
Blurb: Professor Frere writes with the full apparatus of scholarship but in a way that can easily be appreciated. He starts with a narrative of events, and follows with chapters on various aspects of Roman Britain...Professor Frere, himself an archaeologist, succeeds admirably in weaving the new knowledge gained by excavation with the evidence of the texts and inscriptions.
Comment: This book is a comprehensive explanation and analysis of what the Romans did in Britain and why. The author spends little time analysing wider Roman issues, allowing him to focus on what is relevant to the shaping of Britain and the part it played in the Empire. Speaking authoritatively on the events, people and characteristics of Roman Britain, the author ensures his reasoning is clearly understood, whether his interpretations be based on chroniclers or archaeology, whilst managing not to clutter up the narrative with technical conjecture. Whilst this book is certainly for those looking to develop their knowledge of the events that shaped Roman Britain, it also acts to stimulate further interest in the wider Roman world. With specific and frequent references to sites of Roman interest located around the whole of Britain, the book encourages a developing interest in the subject, whilst the narrative of the events themselves are surely of interest even to those with a passing curiosity. Despite the publishing date, the information and interpretations of the book are still valid and conform to current thinking whilst often providing greater insight than that found from more modern, popular sources.
I've read this book months ago, thanks to our library. After ordering Guy de la Bédoyère's 'Roman Britain. A new history, I felt the urge to review the former since it deserves a 5 star rating as well and in my opinion it deserves to be read , together with de la Boyère's 'Roman Holiday ...' Thames & Hudson, 2017 (5 star rating ). In the meantime, I read all the reviews and I must admit that I can't complete mr./mrs.Lloyd's review. So, this one must do.