John Manley. AD 43, the Roman Invasion of Britain: A Reassessment

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160 pages, 42 figures, 18 tables. 2002. Stroud & Charleston (SC): Tempus; 0-7524-1959-5 paperback 17.99 [pounds sterling] & $29.99.

MIKE MCCARTHY. Roman Carlisle & the lands of the Solway. 162 pages, 70 figures, 19 colour plates. 2002. Stroud & Charleston (SC): Tempus; 0-7524-1955-2 paperback 16.99 [pounds sterling] & $27.99.

HUGH DAVIES. Roads in Roman Britain. 191 pages, 75 figures, 8 tables. 2002. Stroud & Charleston (SC): Tempus; 0-7524-2503-X paperback 16.99 [pounds sterling] & $27.99.

GUY DE LA BEDOYERE. Architecture in Roman Britain. 72 pages, 57 figures. 2002. Princes Risborough: Shire; 0-7478-0530-X paperback 5.99 [pounds sterling].

RICHARD ANTHONY ABDY. Romano-British coin hoards. 72 pages, 46 figures, 1 table. 2002. Princes Risborough: Shire; 0-7478-0532-6 paperback 5.99 [pounds sterling].

ROGER J.A. WILSON. A guide to the Roman remains in Britain (4th ed.). xx+732 pages, 145 figures, 8 tables. 2002. London: Constable; 1-84119-318-6 paperback 14.99 [pounds sterling].

Did the Roman invaders land at Richborough in Sussex? Did they land as invaders at all? With reviews of recent literature, including acknowledgement of the Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conferences, reappraisal of the historical sources, and a fresh assessment of archaeological sites along both coasts of the English Channel, and as far inland as Alchester, Mr MANLEY's friendly and well-presented book gives orthodoxies a thorough shake. As every student knows, these days, the south-eastern British aristocracy was romanizing already; so did the first proper battle fronts lie beyond the southeastern coasts? See Roads, below.

Equally, students now understand that romanization had long to advance before the Solway came within its pale. With broad reference to the rest of Britain, Mr MCCARTHY describes and explains the archaeological evidence for the period in the town and the region where he has contributed so much to knowledge of the process. His satisfying emphasis on acculturation required him to consider both the prehistoric background and the sub-Roman period and that he does to good effect, a refreshing departure from the usual focus on the region's important military archaeology. …