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Rome's Saxon Shore: Coastal Defences of Roman Britain AD 250-500 (Fortress) Paperback – December 26, 2006
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“As an introduction to early British history, this is an excellent book... it is a serious work that draws upon the most recent scholarship.” ―Bolling Smith, The Coast Defense Journal
“This excellent new military history is a recommended pick for any specialty collection strong in in-depth coverage.” ―Library Bookwatch (July 2007)
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I will not go through the eleven forts mentioned in this volume. Most of them are in relatively good condition, although one (Walton castle) has been entirely swept away by the sea and there are no remains above the ground for two others, partly because these remains have been incorporated in houses and churches in the respective neighbourhoods. What is interesting and worth mentioning in this review, however, are what their all have in common and their differences. The common element is their locations: there are all in areas protected from the open sea and strategically placed so as to control traffic. The main differences relate to their styles. Although they seem to have been mostly built within 50 or 60 years, at most, there are at least two different styles and an intermediate one showing the evolution in Roman priorities and needs.
The first section (Britannia) is the historical outline and it is mostly a good little summary (as far as I can tell, at least!), except for the last two pages.Read more ›
The purposes of these fortifications are also an important subject of the debate, as anti-piratical raids, fortified ports, political strongholds, garrison for troops on the move and even fortifications against Imperial power...there are many theories that are clearly presented and analysed.
Other interesting features of this small book are a fort by fort description of all the fortifications of the limes Saxonici (and also how are the sites today), a political overview of the more stressful periods lived in Britannia during the 3rd to 6th century, detailed descriptions of the types of walls and their method of construction (includind cut-in lateral views and detailed photographs of some walls), also the differences between the internal buildings of these forts and those of earlier periods (e.g. in the dominate the bathhouses were inside the enceinte) among several other topics.
All this complemented with competent illustrations from Donato Spedaliere, several photographs, Glossary, Bibliography and the interesting, clear and informative writing style of Nic Fields.
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The typical Osprey title, concise, well-written, well-researched, and interesting. It is supplemented by excellent full-color plates depicting the fortifications themselves, and... Read morePublished on June 28, 2007 by K. Murphy