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Roman Conquests: Britain (ePub)

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By Dr Simon Elliott
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Roman Conquests
File Size: 28.2 MB (.epub)
Pages: 240
Illustrations: 12 colour plates
ISBN: 9781526765697
eBook Released: 27th July 2021


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The Roman Conquests series seeks to explain when and how the Romans were able to conquer a vast empire stretching from the foothills of the Scottish Highlands to the Sahara Desert, from the Atlantic to the Persian Gulf. How did their armies adapt to and overcome the challenges of widely varied enemies and terrain?

In this volume, Dr Simon Elliott draws on the latest research and archaeological evidence to present a new narrative of the conquest (never completed) of Britain. From Julius Caesar’s initial incursions in 55 and 54 BC, through the Claudian invasion of 43 AD and the campaigns of expansion and pacification thereafter, he analyses the Roman army in action. The weapons, equipment, organization, leadership, strategy and tactics of the legions and their British foes are described and analysed. The ferocity of the resistance was such that the island was never wholly subdued and required a disproportionate military presence for the duration of its time as a Roman province.

This book is a good stand alone read and a valuable jumping off point for those who want more. We highly recommend it.

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Clash of Steel

Essential reading for anyone with even a minor interest in the Roman invasion of Britain. Superlative history.

Books Monthly

To encompass such an immense topic successfully is, in itself an astonishing achievement, requiring exceptional organisation, enormous research – not to mention considerable writing skill...One of the great things about a book by Simon Elliott is that you find yourself completely immersed in the subject matter.

Simon Elliott has written what must now surely be the ‘go-to’ book on the Roman conquest of Britain.

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Dodging Arrows… a History Writer's Blog

In this book, the author takes us through this period, step-by-step, making sure we the readers are up to date on what Britain and Rome were like at the time, as well as how both parties interacted with Europe in general.

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Instagram, @natalieisahistorybuff

I was blown away by the detail in this book. You're treated to a whole lot of military history, including lots of Latin words, weapons and battle formations, which really helped me visualise events like the famous battle between Boudicca and the Romans. I learned a lot more about the extent of resistance to Roman rule too, which I hadn't really appreciated before. And I was so pleased to see a lot of modern research quoted, including references to recent archaeological evidence, which is always great in a history book like this.

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Love British History

The author Simon Elliott gives what seems to me, a well balanced and informed book, he explains a wide range of information and subjects such as politics, government, organisation, weaponry, armies and logistics. It rightly seems Simon deserves our respect as a leading award-winning broadcasting historian/archaeologist, and I loved the fact that some of the pictures and models belonged to the author himself. Talking of the pictures in this book there are some great photos, drawings, models in the book that really add to the book and the writing. There is also a great timeline and bibliography at the back of the book, and the timeline gives the reader a good basis of knowledge to use through the book or to go on for further reading.

This book Roman Conquests: Britain written by Dr Simon Elliott is a great book, full of fascinating details and information covering the Romans conquest of Britain. A very informed book, covers a wide range of time in an easy and understandable way, this book is certainly one I would recommend for the beginner to the subject or the person who already knows quite a bit. So much so that this has spurred me on more to get back into reading more about the Roman Empire.

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UK Historian

Roman Conquests: Britain is a detailed, fascinating look into the conquest of Britain by the massive Roman war machine. Impressive research combines with an engaging narrative to make this an eminently readable book.

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Video review by Dr Alexander Clarke

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Informative, entertaining and well researched.
It's an engrossing reads that can be appreciated by those who want to learn something about Roman history and those who want to learn something new.
Highly recommended.

NetGalley, Anna Maria Giacomasso

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Having read some of Dr Simon Elliott's previous work, I wasn't surprised by this book. "Roman Conquests: Britain" entertains as much as it informs. It's written in a way that doesn't over-complicate things, making it easy to read for even the most novice reader of Roman history. Drawing on the latest archaeological evidence and research, this is fascinating reading. I don't often (never?!) mention covers, but this one is stunning!

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About Dr Simon Elliott

Dr Simon Elliott is an award winning and best selling archaeologist, historian and broadcaster with a PhD in Classics and Archaeology from the University of Kent where he is now an Honorary Research Fellow. He has an MA in Archaeology from UCL and an MA in War Studies from KCL. Simon is widely published with numerous works in print on various themes relating to the ancient world, with a particular focus on the Roman military, and he makes frequent appearances on TV as a Roman expert. Simon lectures widely to universities, local history societies and archaeological groups, is co-Director of a Roman villa excavation, a Trustee of the Council for British Archaeology and an Ambassador for Museum of London Archaeology. He is also a Guide Lecturer for Andante Travels and President of the Society of Ancients.

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