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The Little Emperors

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  58 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
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 Rome by the barbarian invasion of Gaul, and needing every penny to pay the army, he soon finds it impossible. Preoccupied with status and finances, he barely notices that his wily father-in-law Gra ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Phoenix (first published 1953)
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Jan 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.
Plot: 7 (starts slow, rushes to finish, some interesting twists along the way)
Characters: 6 (simplistic but distinctive)
Accuracy: 5 (outdated and somewhat polemical)

So the story of this book is the tale of the last days of Roman Britain. Ignored by the Empire, the inhabitants of Britannia appoint usurper after usurper in an effort to protect their island from the ravages of barbarian attacks. Eventually, they are forced to give up. The Romans are expelled and the British are left to deal with th
Couldn't get into this DNF.
S.J. Arnott
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: roman
The tribulations of Caius Sempronius Felix, the last Roman governor of Britain, as he tries to hold things together after the last Roman legions set sail for Gaul.

A tragi-comedy that illustrates how the bureaucracy of Rome finally strangled the life out of the Empire it was meant to support.
Vicki Cline
Oct 31, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: roman-fiction
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.
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):
Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Although he was born in Argentina, Duggan grew up in Engl
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