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Featured battle : Constantinople, The Seige of

Part of Islamic Expansion

Date : 05 April 1453 - 29 May 1453

A landmark seige which marked the end of the East Roman Empire, the entrance into eastern Europe of Islam, and the first decisive use of gunpowder-based seige artillery in the west.

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HMS Ark Royal

HMS Ark Royal

The carrier Ark Royal during a visit to Malta (courtesy of J. Williamson)

Gallery updated : 2022-04-04 08:33:43

Featured review :

Roman Conquests: Britain

Simon Elliot
Here we have a super overview of a complex series of events presented in a most readable manner. The vast majority of the content is confined to the shores of Britain but there is sufficient material to give Britain a context within the wider Roman world. Among the general information is a running commentary on the changes within the Roman military over the period of the occupation of Britannia. The main invasion leading to settlement is of course dealt with in detail. The later attempts to expand to cover the whole of the mainland are also explained. The whole island was never conquered and this directly resulted in the necessary continuing presence of a significant military force. Perhaps the most telling sentence which came out of the author’s research is the fact that 12 per cent of Roman military establishment was in 4 per cent of its geographic area. This book goes a long way to explaining why. The gradual end of Roman occupation is set in the context of the decline of the whole empire brought about in no small part by the infighting of would be Caesars. Many uprisings began in Britain and in the process removed valuable troops to support the leader’s claims on the continent.
There is a very good set of illustrations but the reader is expected to know the geography of Britain and its immediate neighbours as there is not a single map. The timeline and the bibliography are both great supports to the reader wanting to know more in detail. [Simon Elliot's book on Roman Britain's Missing Legion reviewed on this site is a case in point]
This book is a good stand alone read and a valuable jumping off point for those who want more. We highly recommend it.

Pen & Sword Military, 2021

Reviewed : 2021-11-08 14:03:45