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The Little Emperors

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A classic novel set in Dark Age Britain. Through the eyes of a British official in Roman Britain we see successive would-be emperors fight each other while the Barbarian threat grows ever stronger.
Felix, treasurer of Britain, having served at the court of the Imperial court itself, struggles to maintain the same elaborate standards in provincial Britain. And, cut off from...more
Paperback, 263 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Phoenix House (first published 1953)
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Enjoyable historical novel set in Britain at beginning of Fifth Century, as cut off from the rest of the Roman Empire, "the little emperors" of the title are appointed & vanish, and the hero,a pompous, ageing but conscientious civil servant, born to be played by Derek Jacobi, vainly carries on maintaining a Romanitas that is no longer viable or useful. A bit like Western Civilisation now, really.
Carla Nayland
The end of Roman administration in Britain, as told by the rather pompous finance minister Felix. Review here (warning: review contains some plot spoilers, though if you're familiar with the history you'll already know them):
Vicki Cline
This book is about what happened in England in the early 400's when the Roman troops were being recalled to the continent. It's told from the POV of a minor British official as he witnesses different men trying to become Emperor in Britain.
Enjoy the way Duggan writes. His satirical comments. He writes about self satisfied people who are unable to see what is happening around them
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"There have been few historical imaginations better informed or more gifted than Alfred Duggan’s" (The New Criterion).

Historian, archaeologist and novelist Alfred Leo Duggan wrote historical fiction and non-fiction about a wide range of subjects, in places and times as diverse as Julius Caesar’s Rome and the Medieval Europe of Thomas Becket.

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