Britannia, Part 1: The Wall PDF Þ Part 1: The MOBI

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  1. Jane Jane says:

    In 367 AD four Roman soldiers in Roman Britain Leocadius and Vitalis two pedites foot soldiers Semisallis Paternus and Circitor Justinus have been out hunting and are shocked to discover one Agricolan fort Banna overrun and the soldiers inside slaughtered the eyeless primus pilus dead and hanging from the palisade They find another fort Camboglanna destroyed as well as those on the Wall Horses have been stolen from a fort that had housed a cavalry ala Paternus is frantic; he can't find his wife and young son who had lived near Camboglanna When the soldiers do reach Eboracum H of the VI Legion Leocadius lies to the praeses legate and to Fullofaudes the Dux Britannorum about the extent of their repelling the barbarian attacks; in reality they had done nothing and fled All four are promoted to high level officer rank and from then on called 'heroes of the Wall' The High Command intends to use them for propaganda and morale boosting purposes From then on the four men are uneasy with any changes in their status; they know they are living under false pretenses Leo knows he cannot retract his impulsive words and the others go along with him These raids and killings begin the 'Barbarian Conspiracy' Several British tribes Caledonians and Picts from the far north; Scotti and Attacotti from Hibernia; and some Saxons are all led by a man riding a black horse in a silver cavalry parade helmet and face mask to hide his identity Valentinus 'Man of Valentia' Britannia by this time in history has been divided into four administrative districts of which Valentia is one There were plenty of red herrings in the novel as to his real identity; sometimes I even wondered if Valentinus had a double Rumors intensify Valentinus' physical appearance and sightings of the man in many different places abound; positive reputations of the four 'heroes of the Wall' increase exponentially The novel traces the subseuent lives and fortunes of these four soldiers how they change because of the original lie not always for the better Count Comes Rei Militaris Theodosius along with his son arrive with Magnus Maximus and a field army including cavalry alae The Roman army searches feverishly for Valentinus from the Wall to south Britannia seeking vengeance This story was action packed from the very first page We see how Leo's lie twists at least two of these men inside and overshadows the subseuent lives and deeds of all four men leading to unintended conseuences of their actions The various skirmishes and final battle with Valentinus were exciting and vividly portrayed The novel presented us with religious controversy Nicene and Pelagian Christianity and Mithraism gladiatorial combat and the burning of Londinium I recognized some modern catchphrases and even Shakespearean uotes in the dialogue which have passed into common usage not back then of course Some sardonic bitter humor added spice to the story The authors have taken what scanty information we have of that period and put together a creative imaginative unputdownable story The authors wrote plausibly about Fullofaudes' death and the ambush of Nectarides Count of the Saxon Shore Historically anything we know about the death of either is conjecture I found myself having to read between the lines sometimes; everything was not always transparently spelled out Somehow since there were two writers to me the styles sometimes varied although the story itself was seamless I wondered with the dialogue if it was one particular author who supplied the modernisms or uotes rather than the other One author was definitely the historian I felt any subseuent promotions or appointments to higher level civilian positions of the characters were uite unbelievable though I did cut some slack for the very first military promotions Character development was excellent all through the novel and showed us the descent into pure depravity of one character and improvidence of another who searches for meaning to his life all through the novel I liked the author's portrayals of General Magnus Maximus his mastiff Bruno and that of Stephanus the German leader of one of the cavalry alae The ending was a cliffhanger leaving room for a seuel which I understand has been planned for I know I will enjoy reading it Since this review I have eventually read and really enjoyed the other two books in the trilogy I regretted the lack of any maps historical notes glossary of Latin terms and explanation of the late Roman army Subseuently the authors have issued a book which takes care of these omissions and adds information World of Britannia Historical Companion to the BRITANNIA Series I recommend this novel highly

  2. Rosie Amber Rosie Amber says:

    Britannia Part 1 The Wall is a work of fiction set in a historical backdrop of occupied Britain in the Roman era Hadrian's wall has been built and it is up to the VI Vitrix to defend the wall against the Barbarians from the NorthThe book opens and introduces us to four leading characters soldiers of the VI who are out hunting Leocadius is just 19 Vitalis 18 they are out with Justinus aged around 30 years and Paternus who is a family man of just a little older They've been hunting for two days and are returning home when smoke and scavenger birds alert them to trouble They find the fort of Banna has been attacked and no one is left Paternus fears for his family Rushing to the next stronghold along the wall the soldiers finds this one has been savagely attacked as well and it's not just one the wall has been lost They suspect the Picts Saxons and Attacotti Heading for the larger Roman town of Eboracum York The four soldiers come across an Arcani a wise man of Britain a man of the land called Dumno also a paid Roman informer They Learn of a mysterious Hero of the Barbarians called Valentinus who controls these Barbarian armies and wants to rid the land of the RomansThese four soldiers become heroes of the Wall rumours spread of brave deeds and the Roman leaders use the men to drum up positive response to the attacks from Valentinus Attacks that pour fear into an Army which once had a fearsome reputation and now looks like it might be defeated But who is the man behind the silver mask? The biggest fear is the unknownAll over Britain talk of Valentinus spreads as Roman Britain itself moves forward In Londinium Leocadius and Vitalis both find themselves in positions unthought of because of their Wall hero status We see a City with different religions that people follow out of belief and fashion This book drops you right into Roman life in Britain with the harshness of living in the wilds of the North to military life and civilian lifestyles It's all about survival unless you are an army man and then it's all about Rome A good historical book

  3. Tony Duxbury Tony Duxbury says:

    This was an enjoyable read The story of four young soldiers on Hadrian's Wall following their fortunes and adventures After the wild men of the north unite and destroy the Romans along the Wall and terrorize the south these men the only survivors are acclaimed heroes It's all based on a lie but they are caught up in it and swept along by events that follow As the war continues each one finds a different and undreamed of path to take Plenty of intrigue and sword play I would recommend this to any Roman fan or sword fantasy lover

  4. Elizabeth Harless Elizabeth Harless says:

    OutstandingDenham has done his research and produced a novel worthy of the Roman soldiers who are its main characters This is no common work of fiction relying on a sensational narrative of bloody battles and lustful orgies Instead it is filled with well developed characters who are all too human with all their strengths and weaknesses Based on the true events of Rome's struggle to retain its rule over Britain as the Empire itself was starting to crack it engrosses educates and entertains I look forward to reading the next volume in the series and to 're reading this one and savoring at my leisure

  5. CathyW CathyW says:

    This is the first of a trilogy of novels set in late Roman Britain spanning the 4th century ‘Barbarian conspiracy’ to the withdrawal of the legions from Britain in the early part of the 5th century The novels centre around four relatively lowly roman soldiers who by accident survive the overrunning of the wall in 367 and find themselves heroes They subseuently become involved in the various military and political events that follow the barbarian conspiracy One aspect of the plot which I found unlikely was their rapid rise through the ranks but I was able to suspend disbelief because the story was such a page turner I came to love the four main characters who were all different although I found Leocadius a bit of a struggle to get to know It would have helped I believe if the reader had been given a bit of background on the characters prior to the events at the beginning possibly through flashback to discover where they’d come from Other reviewers have commented on the manipulation of history with the inclusion of Magnus Maximus in this period but he was such a compelling character that it felt justified This is a novel after all and not a historical treatise I particularly liked the involvement of one of the main characters Paternus with the Votadini tribe thus neatly explaining the appearance of a certain Padarn Pesrut red cloak in the later Gododdin genealogies I’m giving this five stars although if there had been the option to give it 45 then that's how I would have ranked it since a few things detracted Some details of the plot I found unlikely such as Leocadius knifing a fellow soldier in front of witnesses with no conseuences Also I was found the shifting of point of view sometimes within the same paragraph to be slightly distracting There was no map in the kindle version I read or a glossary which would have been useful since I’m not familiar with the structure of the roman army in the 4th century and found the terms such as ‘semisallis’ ‘circitor’ and ‘praeses’ confusing The author uses some modern expressions in the various characters' speech but on the whole the dialogue was convincing It’s a measure of how I enjoyed this book that as soon as I finished it I immediately bought the follow up novel Britannia The Watchmen to find out what happened next

  6. Susanna Shipman Susanna Shipman says:

    ExcellentWonderful look into the years before Arthur Very detailed with interesting plot turns Fell in love with The Wall boys

  7. Kevin Robinson Kevin Robinson says:

    Good readingThe last time I rated anywhere called the wall was last century and by Pink Floyd

  8. Philip Quigley Philip Quigley says:

    Historic battlesGood narative using the 4 central figures to follow the course of the british 'barbarian' uprising Good twist revealing the baddie

  9. Chris Thorndycroft Chris Thorndycroft says:

    Four Roman soldiers find themselves reluctant heroes after surviving a Pictish attack on Hadrian's Wall The tumultuous events of the Barbarian Conspiracy of 3678 in which Britain faced a coordinated attack from Picts Saxons Scotti and Attacotti is very well told in this first installment of a trilogy that covers Rome's final years of control over the struggling island of Britannia The four protagonists deal with their newfound fame differently as they follow their respective paths their shared trauma sets them on Late Roman Britain is evocatively presented and the story has plenty of action and intrigue making it a great read

  10. Roger Roger says:

    Obviously well researched and ambitious However too many characters for me leaves this lacking a narrative central point There is a massive assumption that a reader knows where all the places are mentioned in the book I live near the Roman Wall and I knew some makes it hard to visualise where things are happening

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Britannia, Part 1: The Wall (Britannia, #1) ✸ [BOOKS] ✬ Britannia, Part 1: The Wall (Britannia, #1) By Richard Denham ❂ – ROMAN BRITAIN STOOD ON THE BRINK OF CHAOS The story opens in 367 AD Four soldiers Justinus Paternus Leocadius and Vitalis are out hunting for food supplies at an outpost of Hadrian's Wall when the Wal ROMAN BRITAIN STOOD ON THE 1: The Epub µ BRINK OF CHAOS The story opens in AD Four soldiers Justinus Paternus Leocadius and Vitalis are out hunting for food supplies at an outpost of Hadrian's Wall when the Britannia, Part Epub / Wall comes under attack The four find their fort destroyed their comrades killed and Paternus is unable to find his wife and son As they run south to Eboracum they realize that this is no ordinary Part 1: The MOBI ð border raid Ranged against the Romans at the edge of the world are four different peoples and they have banded together under a mysterious leader who wears a silver mask and uses the name Valentinus man of Valentia the turbulent area north of the Wall Faced with uestions they are hard pressed to answer Leocadius blurts out a story that makes the men Heroes of the Wall Their lives change not only when Valentinus begins his lethal sweep across Britannia but as soon as Leo's lie is out in the world growing and changing as it goes WILL THE WALL BE REBUILT AND THE POWER OF ROME RE ESTABLISHED AND WILL OUR FOUR HEROES REACH THE END OF THEIR JOURNEY AD is one of the critical dates in British history but the year means little to most people now and it is only rarely mentioned in historical books Britannia Part I The Wall introduces the reader to this tumultuous age as we share the adventure confusion and bewilderment of our heroes four common soldiers stationed at Hadrian's Wall We find them caught up in the madness of a chain of events which will eventually lead to the fall of Roman Britain and the descent into the Dark Ages.