Caesar's Invasion of Britain

Caesar's Invasion of Britain


By (author) Peter Berresford Ellis

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  • Publisher: Constable
  • Format: Hardback | 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 195mm x 251mm x 13mm | 574g
  • Publication date: 10 October 1994
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0094738505
  • ISBN 13: 9780094738508
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: 60ill.

Product description

At 9 am on 25 August 55 BC, eighty warships and transports lay at anchor under the shadow of the South Foreland cliffs. Looking up at the cliff-tops, the Roman commander, Caius Julius Caesar, saw thousands of British warriors from all the tribes of the South, ready to resist with force the imperialism of Rome.Caesar's Invasion of Britain does much more than tell the story of the abortive invasions of 55 and 54 BC. The book surveys the cultural achievements, religious practices, government, economy, and military organization of the British Celts. It shows that the Britons were not crude, woad-painted savages but members of a complex and cultured society. It tells of the campaign plans of Caesar and the preparations of the defenders of Britain. It reveals how a set conflict soon changed to a guerrilla war, and how each side countered new military methods introduced by the enemy. Finally, it shows how, by a combination of British tactical sense and good luck, the Romans were forced to abandon their invasion and leave Britain in peace for another century.

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