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Length: 272 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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'In The Wall, Alistair Moffat's fascination shines through as he captures the enormous endeavour of the builders along with the captivating human stories the stones still tell after nearly two millennia.' The Scotsman --The Scotsman

About the Author

Alistair Moffat was born and bred in the Scottish Borders. A former Director of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Director of Programmes at Scottish Television, he now runs the burgeoning Borders Book Festival as well as a production company based near Selkirk. He has written twelve books, including Kelsae, The Sea Kingdoms, and The Borders, all of which are published by Birlinn.

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  • File Size: 8227 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Birlinn (July 30, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 30, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008R6AL8U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By hmf22 on January 10, 2012
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The Wall: Rome's Greatest Frontier is a concise, colorful account of the Roman conquest of Britain, the construction of Hadrian's Wall, and life on and near the Wall from Roman times through the early Middle Ages. In the introduction, Moffat states that two of his goals in writing the book were to put native Britons front and center in a narrative that is often dominated by Romans and to weave a history of everyday life, based especially on the Vindolanda letters, into his story. He mostly accomplishes these goals. "Dinner on the Stone Road" and "After Britannia," the two chapters that focus on social history, are two of the strongest chapters in the book. I also loved the numerous short, boxed entries on special topics such as Roman money, Roman cooking, and modern poetry that alludes to Roman life at Hadrian's Wall.

This book has some significant weaknesses. I found the narrative sections plodding and hard to follow. Moffat introduces scores of Roman and Briton characters into the story with only the briefest identifications; he does not provide much explanation of geography, government, and everyday life in Britain before the Roman conquest, nor does he provide maps of the indigenous British kingdoms or of the Roman Empire as a whole. Some of his explanations of Roman architecture and technology are puzzling, too; there are no diagrams, and the illustrations aren't very informative.

I bought this book in preparation for a walking tour of Hadrian's Wall. It didn't provide me with as thorough an understanding of the political context and architecture of the Wall as I hoped it would. I did, however, learn a lot of intriguing bits and pieces about the social history of the Wall and recent archeological finds. The book is well-written, accessible, and small enough to tuck into a backpack for a day's exploring.
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Moffat is a good historian. While the wall is in Scotland it was Roman Structure and the extensive Roman history was interesting. the Scottish history was minimal but interesting. These were Roman times an not necessarily English or Scottish. I read it with his book The Line and the two compliment each other very well. The Line was a better reader than the Wall.
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About 3/4 through but have enjoyed all of it. Starts with history of Roman conquest and goes through Hadrian's expedition and construction. Small windows provide background and explanation to frontier life referencing all senses. A well organized and informative read.
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Full of information and very readable. The best on the topic I've seen
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