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Farewell Britannia: A Family Saga Of Roman Britain

Farewell Britannia A Family Saga Of Roman Britain Simon Young invents a multi generational family part Roman part Celtic invaders intermarrying with natives to tell the dramatic story of years of Roman rule in Britain Vivid historical detail is

  • Title: Farewell Britannia: A Family Saga Of Roman Britain
  • Author: Simon Young
  • ISBN: 9780297852261
  • Page: 295
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Simon Young invents 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 writes this family history in 430 AD, realizing the Romans will never return HSimon Young invents 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 writes this family history in 430 AD, realizing the Romans will never return He chooses 14 of the most interesting, but not always the most admirable, of his ancestors to detail 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 and a young Christian girl facing martyrdom in a British amphitheatre.

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    1. An interesting premise for a book I liked very much. The author had the idea of highlighting different important events in Romano British history. He invented a fictional family and had a narrator [the unnamed genealogist] tell the parts various ancestors played, in a collection of fifteen short stories. There was a family tree in the front, maps, and line drawings. The writing was always superb, but the stories were of varying interest to me; some I liked more than others. I liked the marriage [...]

    2. I picked up this book thinking it would be right up my alley - in a historical period I was not that familiar with, introducing historical figures with significances yet unknown to me. The author had even painstakingly gone down a family lineage - starting with the arrival of the Romans in Britain up until their eventual removal, through a continuous familial lineage. By the end, I was a little disappointed. It's not that I didn't appreciate the extremely personal take that Young had presented, [...]

    3. Family saga set in Roman Britain, from the introduction of the Romans, until they left. The family in question is a Romano-Celtic family loosely based on the Atrebates.Excellent, enjoyable read.Highly recommended.

    4. I'm a bit pained to give this two stars. The idea is a clever one and i many ways I enjoyed the book. I'd like to think there could have been a grand old Celtic aristocracy in Roman Britain in the way that the author imagines and the last chapter captures a real sense of loss - like me the author has no truck with the silly notion that no-one noticed the end of Roman Britain. The books is made up of 15 little fictional vignettes done generation by generation, so don't expect a continuous narrati [...]

    5. This book was really spoiled for me by a factual error. Early on, there is a reference to Vindolanda/Housesteads, which implies they are the same place. I skipped over it on first reading, since it was somewhat ambiguous.However, later in the book there is a more substantial section based on the Vindolanda Tablets, and that made it clear that the two sites were considered the same place. They are in fact two separate sites, one on Hadrian's Wall and one behind (south of) the Wall, about two mile [...]

    6. I really enjoyed this, it's a collection of short stories covering the Roman occupation of Britain, from 55bc to the chaos of the Roman withdrawal in the 400s. Each story is accompanied by historical notes, explaining the background and archaeological remains that inspired Simon Young to make up his tales. I liked the concept very much, its rather like trying to recreate a vase from only one or two shards of pottery. So for the discovery of the famous Vindolanda tablets on Hadrian's wall, Young [...]

    7. This is a frustrating book because the idea behind it is a good one, to tell the story of Roman Britain through the eyes of a single family, though I think Rosemary Sutcliff may have got there first, if not as extensively. The problem is that the fiction is overburdened by the fact. It comes alive in flashes and some stories are very interesting but others get bogged down in historical detail. The decision to give the modern place name in brackets after the Roman name was a bad one as it further [...]

    8. Although I'm not much of a historical fiction fan, I really enjoyed "Farewell Britannia." Young tells the story of the rise and fall of Roman Britain through the experiences of succeeding generations of a single family. The chapter notes explain the historical context, the artifact or historical person who inspired the chapter, and where the author stretched the truth for the sake of the story. The effect is similar to Young's earlier A.D. 500, which describes the fictional adventures of a Byzan [...]

    9. Much as I normally like Roman stories this one just didn't grab me. I did not finish it. A rare occasion. Sorry

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