Simon Young Farewell Britannia

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Farewell Britannia

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'Hugely entertaining . . . What a joy to be able to recommend a book about misery, bloodshed and grisly superstition for being funny, compassionate and clear-eyed' Independent on Sunday

The story of Roman Britain, told by a family who lived there.

It is AD 430, twenty years since the legions abandoned Britain. Realising that the Roman world he grew up in is doomed, the senior member of a Romano-British family resolves to preserve his family's history . . .

Brilliant historian Simon Young has invented a multi-generational family, part Roman, part Celtic, to tell the dramatic story of 400 years of Roman rule in Britain. Vivid historical detail is balanced by a real feel for the psychological depth of the individual stories.

The narrator is writing this 'family history' in 430 AD, realising the Romans will never return. He chooses 14 of the most interesting, but not always the most admirable, of his ancestors. The big events of Roman Britain are all here: scouting for Caesar's expedition in 55 BC; the Roman invasion in 43 AD; Boudicca's revolt and the massacre of 70,000 Romans; the Pict attacks on Hadrian's Wall; the great Barbarian Conspiracy of 367; and the sudden cataclysmic departure of the legions in 410.

But there are plenty of non-military episodes: spying on the Druids; a centurion dreaming of retirement with a young slave he has bought; an ambitious wife on the northern frontier; a bad poet in Londinium; infanticide in Surrey; a young Christian girl facing martyrdom in a British amphitheatre.

'Popular history at its best' Financial Times
'There is no snatch of straw so recherché, it seems, that Young cannot somehow spin gold out of it' Tom Holland, Spectator
'Enjoyable and ingenious, this breathes life into the period' Scotland on Sunday

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Simon Young was awarded a starred First in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic from Cambridge University, as well as the Chadwick Prize for Celtic studies. Since then he has lived in Spain, Ireland and Italy, where he is now completing a doctorate at the University of Florence. The author of many academic articles, he has also written about the Dark Ages for History Today, the Spectator, and the Guardian. He combines a commitment to serious history, especially that of the medieval Celts, with a desire to communicate Dark Age history to the general public. He lives in Florence with his Italian wife.

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Simon Young offers nugget after nugget of fascinating detail to paint a colourful portrait of a time when native savagery was being tempered by the arrival of Christianity in a country on the cusp between druidic power and the first cold grip of Church rule . . . This bawdy, picaresque and high-spirited book . . . wears its considerable learning lightly and opens a windown on a time long neglected―Ireland on Sunday

Informative and entertaining, this is popular history at its bestFinancial Times

For imaginative and thrilling engagement with the history of those often shadowy and chaotic times, Farewell Britannia will be very hard to beat―Peter Jones, Sunday Telegraph

Hugely entertaining . . . What a joy to be able to recommend a book about misery, bloodshed and grisly superstition for being funny, compassionate and clear-eyedIndependent on Sunday

Enjoyable and ingenious, this breathes life into the period―Scotland on Sunday

the greatest acheivement of this magnificent work is its success in breathing life into real people―THE HERALD

Young reinvents with a rare combination of scholarship and imagination―Peter Parsons, Literary Review

There is no snatch of straw so recherché, it seems, that Young cannot somehow spin gold out of it―Tom Holland, Spectator

The Celtic and Dark Age historian Simon Young has had a brilliant idea. He has decided he is a sort of Herodotus of 6th century AD Britain and Ireland . . . Extremely enjoyable and informativeJournal of Classical Teaching

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