Hadrian's Wall and its People
Geraint Osborn has taught Ancient History in the Universities of Bristol, Cardiff and Durham. His main work has been on Roman Britain and Gaul and on the history of the later Roman empire.
List of Illustrations Preface and acknowledgements 1 Introduction 2 Why build a wall? 3 Military life 4 Civilian life 5 Hadrian's Wall and the end of Roman Britain 6 Conclusion: Hadrian's Wall and the English sense of history Further reading Places to visit Index/Glossary
…the dividing Wall has become an important historical landmark for British national identity, a tourist spot for families on vacation, and an educational destination for British school children. Geraint Osborn…has written a short, concise book on a landmark that is fundamental to the British consciousness of the past. As a result, this book is targeted specifically for a general audience, hopefully one that either has visited or will visit the remains of the Wall. Overall, the book is easy to read, the narrative flows well, and there are many subheadings within the chapters that keep the pace moving at an appropriate rate for an introductory text. In such a short space of only 116 pages the author does an exceptional job of introducing the major topics, areas of research, and debates surrounding this subject. Arguably, the true aim of this book is to enhance the educational experience of British citizens, curious tourists from abroad, and young school children visiting the Wall itself. If this is the intent of Hadrian’s Wall and its People, it is this reviewer’s opinion that Osborn is successful.
Size: 215 x 139 mm
Publication: November 24, 2006
Series: Bristol Phoenix Press Greece and Rome Live