Colchester: A History

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Colchester was a capital of a king (later called "Cymbeline") by the Iron Age. It became the target of a Roman emperor who made it a fortress. It was captured by Bodica, re-won, re-walled, and eventually re-captured by the Saxons. The Normans captured it anew and built an abbey and a castle, which kept it safe until King John chose to be besieged there by his vassals. Somehow the townspeople built it into an agricultural and industrial power, pausing on occasion to burn heretics at the stake, and turned it into a...
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Overview

Colchester was a capital of a king (later called "Cymbeline") by the Iron Age. It became the target of a Roman emperor who made it a fortress. It was captured by Bodica, re-won, re-walled, and eventually re-captured by the Saxons. The Normans captured it anew and built an abbey and a castle, which kept it safe until King John chose to be besieged there by his vassals. Somehow the townspeople built it into an agricultural and industrial power, pausing on occasion to burn heretics at the stake, and turned it into a center of engineering despite being targeted by both Napoleon and Hitler. Although well-defended by its garrisons, it is now besieged by shoppers and tourists. Phillips (history, U. of Essex) explains it all with lively text and period illustrations. Distributed by the David Brown Book Company. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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  • ISBN-13: 9781860773044
  • Publisher: British Association Local History
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.97 (h) x 0.56 (d)

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