A New History
- ISBN 9780500287484
- 25.40 x 17.80 cm
- 285 Illustrations, 75 in colour
- First published 2010
‘Lucid and engaging ... should take pride of place on the bookshelf of specialists and non-specialists interested in Roman Britain’ – Minerva
'Strikes a good balance between history and archaeology ... both an enjoyable read and a good starting point for further reading and research' Oxbow Book News
‘All you ever wanted to know about Britain under the Romans … concise and illuminating … a history book that is difficult to put down once started and that can be referred to again and again’ – The Northern Echo
Now in paperback!
This superbly illustrated account of Britain as a Roman province sets the Roman conquest and occupation of the island within the context of Romano-British society and how it functioned.
The author begins by outlining events from the Iron Age period immediately preceding the conquest in AD 43 through to the emperor Honorius’ advice to the Britons in 410 to fend for themselves. He then tackles the issues facing Britons after the absorption of their culture by an invading army, including the role of government and the military, religion, commerce, technology and daily life in towns and the countryside.
Throughout, the book includes reconstructions, dramatic aerial views of Roman remains and images of Roman villas, mosaics, coins, pottery and sculpture. It describes recent discoveries, including new mosaics and the remains of a stadium at Colchester, the only one yet found in Britain.
Guy de la Bédoyère has become one of the public faces of Romano-British history and archaeology through his many appearances on numerous television programmes, particularly Channel 4’s Time Team and Big Roman Dig, which he co-presented. He is the author of many books on the period, including Eagles Over Britannia, Roman Towns in Britain and Defying Rome: The Rebels of Roman Britain.