Who's Who in Roman Britain and Anglo-Saxon Englandby Richard Fletcher, Geoffrey Treasure (Editor)
The biographies are arranged in a broadly chronological rather than alphabetical sequence so that the
This is part of an eight-volume series providing short biographies of men and women from Roman to Victorian times. Each entry places the subject in the context of their age and evokes what was distinctive and interesting about their personality and achievement.
The biographies are arranged in a broadly chronological rather than alphabetical sequence so that the reader may easily browse from one contemporary to the next. The index, with its many cross-references, reveals further linkages between contemporaries.
Each volume is a portrait of an age, presenting history in a biographical form which complements the conventional approach.
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This book does what it does well, but where is Arviragus? Where are Cartimandua, Calgacus, Allectus and all the sons of Cerdic? Where's Paul the Chain whose ministrations caused Vicarius Flavius Martinus to kill himself? Where are all the dozens of little Celtic saints who swarmed over Britain in the Dark Ages, and the complex genealogies of the Anglo-Saxon kings? Don't characters like Seutonius Paulinus and Theodosius the Younger deserve more than a passing mention? It makes for enjoyable reading, but there should be more to a scholarly work than that. I would recommend it only to those who are just beginning to study the period.