The Lost Province: Or, the Worth of Britain

The Lost Province: Or, the Worth of Britain

The Lost Province: Or, the Worth of Britain

The Lost Province: Or, the Worth of Britain

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The purpose of these Lectures will (I hope) become clear in the reading of them: briefly, I have tried to set out why the Romans first conquered and afterwards remained in this island; then in what ways its occupation proved useful and profitable to them; finally, what they have bequeathed to us. On this last topic I have ventured to stress some less familiar methods of approach, and if sometimes I may appear dogmatic I hope later to have fuller opportunity of justifying them. I have retained the colloquial lecture form, and have not attempted to encumber a short text with lengthy notes, though I trust the references to sources and authorities will be sufficient to enable readers to check my views.

I would like here to express my warm thanks to Sir Ifor Williams, Professor Henry Lewis, and Mr. Thomas Jones for their friendship and ready help over matters concerning the Welsh language, and to my audience of March, 1948, at Aberystwyth, who gave me the greatest encouragement. Mrs. J. Bromwich, Professor W. B. Anderson, Mr. E. B. Birley, Professor Emrys Bowen, Mr. P. Hunter Blair, Mr. S. N. Miller, Dr. I. A. Richmond, Mr. C. E. Stevens, Mr. T. C. Lethbridge, and Mr. R. P. Wright have all spared precious time to supply me with information, and it is a pleasure to acknowledge my indebtedness to them. Several other friends, Professor F. E. Adcock, the Rev. W. O. Chadwick, Mrs. N. K. Chadwick . . .

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