Julius Caesar's Invasion of Britain (Hardback)
Solving a 2,000-Year-Old Mystery
As featured by The Telegraph: Forget the Thames, the only way was Essex for Caesar
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.
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.The Telegraph 5/5/19
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.