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Farewell Britannia: A Family Saga Of Roman Britain

Farewell Britannia: A Family Saga Of Roman Britain

A vivid and gripping account of Roman Britain, written as a family history

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ISBN 9780753823705
Barcode 9780753823705
Published 1 June 2008 by Orion Publishing
Format Paperback, illustrated edition
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Author(s) By Young, Simon
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ISBN-13 9780753823705
ISBN-10 0753823705
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Orion Publishing
Imprint Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Publication Date 1 June 2008
International Publication Date 16 April 2008
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, illustrated edition
Edition illustrated edition
Author(s) By Young, Simon
Category Fiction
Historical Fiction
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 173mm
Height: 199mm
Spine: 20mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Historical & Mythological Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.92
Catalogue Code 186114

Description of this Book

Brilliant young historian Simon Young has invented a multi-generational family, part Roman, part Celtic (invaders intermarrying with natives) to tell the dramatic story of 400 years of Roman rule in Britain. Vivid historical detail is balanced by a real feel for the psychological depth of the individual stories. The narrator is writing this 'family history' in 430 AD, realising the Romans will never return. He chooses 14 of the most interesting, but not always the most admirable, of his ancestors. The big events of Roman Britain are all here: scouting for Caesar's expedition in 55 BC; the Roman invasion in 43 AD; Boudicca's revolt and the massacre of 70,000 Romans; the Pict attacks on Hadrian's Wall; the great Barbarian Conspiracy of 367; and the sudden cataclysmic departure of the legions in 410. But there are plenty of non-military episodes: spying on the Druids; a centurion dreaming of retirement with a young slave he has bought; an ambitious wife on the northern frontier; a bad poet in Londinium; infanticide in Surrey; a young Christian girl facing martyrdom in a British amphitheatre.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review the greatest acheivement of this magnificent work is its success in breathing life into real people THE HERALD

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Author's Bio

Simon Young was awarded a starred First in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic from Cambridge University, as well as the Chadwick Prize for Celtic Studies. He has written for the GUARDIAN, HISTORY TODAY, the SPECTATOR and the FORTEAN TIMES. He now lives in Florence.

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