Rome's Saxon Shore: Coastal Defences of Roman Britain AD 250-500

Rome's Saxon Shore: Coastal Defences of Roman Britain AD 250-500

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By (author) Nic Fields, Illustrated by Donato Spedaliere

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 64 pages
  • Dimensions: 175mm x 244mm x 13mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 26 December 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 1846030943
  • ISBN 13: 9781846030949
  • Illustrations note: col. Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 465,231

Product description

The 'Saxon Shore' forts are among the most impressive surviving monuments of Roman Britain, although much about them remains a mystery. In an impressive outlay of money, manpower and materials the frontier system stretched across the Wash-Solent and included the heavy fortification of the major harbours and estuaries of the east and south-east coast. This book is concerned with the fundamental questions concerning the forts. Who built the military monuments, when, and why? How did they operate, who garrisoned them, and for how long? This book explores the history of this frontier system the ruins of which define the British landscape to this day.

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Author information

Dr Nic Fields started his career as a biochemist before joining the Royal Marines. Having left the military, he went back to University and completed a BA and PhD in Ancient History at the University of Newcastle. He was Assistant Director at the British School at Athens, Greece, and then a lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Edinburgh. Nic is now a freelance author and researcher based in south-west France. The author lives in France.

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"This excellent new military history is a recommended pick for any specialty collection strong in in-depth coverage." -"Library Bookwatch" (July 2007) "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"