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Julius Caesar's Invasion of Britain (ePub)

Solving a 2,000-Year-Old Mystery

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By Roger Nolan
Frontline Books
File Size: 5.6 MB (.epub)
Illustrations: 16
ISBN: 9781526747921
Published: 28th May 2019


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Two thousand years ago Julius Caesar came, saw and conquered southern Britain, but just where he landed and the precise routes his army marched through the south of the country have never been firmly established. Numerous sites have been suggested for the Roman landings of 55BC and 54BC, yet, remarkably, the exact locations of the first major events in recorded British history remain undiscovered – until now.

After years of careful analysis, Roger Nolan has painstakingly traced not only the places where the Romans landed, but he has also discovered four temporary marching camps Caesar’s army built as it drove up from the south coast in pursuit of the British tribal leader, Cassivellaunus.

This advance took Caesar across the Thames to Cassivellaunus’ stronghold at Wheathampstead in present-day Hertfordshire. These marching camps are placed almost equidistant from each other and, most importantly, are in a straight line between the coast and Wheathampstead.

Roger Nolan’s research has also enabled him to identify the place mentioned in Caesar’s Commentaries, where the Roman legions were ambushed by the British whilst foraging and where a large battle then ensued – the first known land battle in Britain.

Without doubt, this ground-breaking study is certain to prompt much discussion and reappraisal of this fascinating subject.

... Nolan’s devotion to digging up and mapping out the geographic past is indisputable and laudable.

Toy Soldier & Model Figure magazine issue 244 – reviewed by Mark T. Ford

Controversy is served. This new study will surely generate exciting new discussions on the subject.

Read the full Spanish review here

Miniaturas JM

Well written, researched and interesting.

The Armourer, October 2019

Author article 'Caesar’s British Invasion – Unravelling the Mysteries of Rome’s Earliest Campaign in England' on Military History Now

Military History Now

This is a great account and includes lots of details that could be used by Wargammers to recreate some of the battles as well as for historians looking to understanding the invasion.

Read the full review here

Medieval Sword School, Jason Hulott

As featured on Easton Caller

Easton Caller

The Roman conquest of Britain 2,000 years ago is one of the most important events recorded in history - but exactly where Julius Caesar landed, and the precise route he then took, has remained a mystery.

Daily Mail

Roger Nolan has pieced it together in a new book that claims to solve the 2,000-year mystery.

The Sun

As one of history’s greatest generals, Julius Caesar invaded Britain twice in the 1st century BC, but historians have struggled to establish his route without evidence such as temporary marching camps that his vast army would have constructed. Now four camps have been discovered in Kent and Essex, to the excitement of archaeologists and metaldetectorists with potential new areas to explore.

New research is challenging long-held assumptions that, after landing around Walmer and Deal in 55BC and 54BC respectively, Caesar crossed the River Thames in or near present-day London, probably Brentford.

The Telegraph 5/5/19

This book rather takes the ‘wrong’ approach in attempting to ‘make the evidence fit the crime’ in establishing Caesar’s landings and line of march in 54 and 55BC. However it works and offers a compelling theory that uses comparisons of Caesar's accounts and the geography of the time to take his line of march to the Thames at East Tilbury rather than previously postulated upstream locations. Given that the distance in time to the events and the absence of definitive supporting evidence the author relies on the identification and locations of Roman marching camps and brings the narrative history alive with a few excellent maps and modern photographs of the locations. Also a good general narrative history of Caesar’s invasions of Britain.

Michael McCarthy. Battlefield Guide

Michael McCarthy

About Roger Nolan

Roger Nolan has had a life-long interest in the history of Roman Britain. Following many years of research into the historical and archaeological evidence surrounding Julius Caesar’s invasions of the UK, this is Roger’s first book. Having worked in a number of commercial and financial undertakings, Roger is retired and lives in Kent.

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