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British Forts in the Age of Arthur (Fortress #80)

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When the Romans left Britain around AD 410 the island had not been fully subjugated. In the Celtic fringes the unconquered native peoples were presented with the opportunity to pillage what remained of Roman Britain. By way of response the Post-Roman Britons did their best to defend themselves from attack, and to preserve what they could of the systems left behind by the R ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published November 18th 2008 by Osprey Publishing
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Chris
“When the Romans left Britain around AD 410, the unconquered native peoples of modern Scotland, Ireland and Wales were presented with the opportunity to pillage what remained of Roman Britain,” runs the blurb, repeating the time-honoured scenario of “Post-Roman Britons [doing] their best to defend themselves”. This they largely did, suggests this book, by refurbishing Iron Age hillforts in the west of Britannia, and British Forts in the Age of Arthur focuses on “key sites” such as Dinas Powys, C ...more
Jur
Good Fortress series from Osprey. It makes the most of the limited information available, but manages to draw a reasonably convincing picture of what British forts would have looked like and what their function would have been.

The book starts by describing how the Romano-British had to deal with the disappearance of Roman authority and troops. Even the Roman fortifications were abandoned or reduced because the manpower to man them was no longer available. This must have been partly a result of d
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Kerry Hennigan
Like the other books published by Osprey,'British Forts in the Age of Arthur' is a compact, illustrated exploration of a specialized subject, in this instance the forts built or reoccupied by those who remained in Britain, whether Brit or Saxon, after the Romans left.

While this so-called 'Dark Ages' period is the time in history when King Arthur, if he existed, would have lived, author Angus Konstam explains how sophisticated and resourceful the inhabitants of Britain remained after the occupyin
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Roger Burk
Anything about sub-Roman Britain is catnip for me. Did Arthur and his contemporaries think of themselves as protecting the remnants of Christian civilazion from pagan Saxon hordes, or were they barbarian chieftains finally free from the Roman yoke and able once again to pillage anyone around? We'll never know, and we'll never stop wondering. This slim book is OK as far as it goes in shedding light on the period, but there's not really a book's worth of material. The few sub-Roman fortifications ...more
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