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Today I’m on the ‘Wall of Stone’ blogtour, organized by The Coffee Pot Book Club.
To promote this book I have a guest post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.
About the Author :
Heather Robinson is a novelist and short story award winner from Wiltshire, UK. Her academic background includes a Bachelor of Science degree with most of her working life spent as an Administration Manager locally. She is also a qualified and experienced radio presenter, hosting a weekly show for Warminster Community Radio. Proud parents of two boys, Heather and her husband Graham share a passion for live music, hiking and motorcycling.
Book Title: Wall of Stone
Author: Heather Robinson
Publication Date: 23rd August 2014
Publisher: Independently Published
Page Length: 366 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
In AD121 the Twentieth Legion of Rome stands at the northern frontier of Britannia. Forgotten, neglected and dour in spirit, they must still do their duty for an Empire whose meaning is becoming lost to them.
As the lives of the local Teviot family intertwine with the legion, relationships of love and bitter anguish unfurl. Will the invading army push north? Will the disputing native tribes unite in an uprising? Can Marcus be with Jolinda?
When peace is fragile, friendships count for everything…
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Guest Post :
Thank you for inviting me to give a guest blog on the subject of Britannia, which is where my novel, Wall of Stone is set.
The Latin name for the whole of the British Isles is ‘Britannicae’ and this is how it would have been referred to by the Romans before their partially successful conquest which began in AD43. England and Wales later became known by the derivative Britannia, and unconquered Scotland, Caledonia.
Britannia was on the edge, the very extreme limit, of the Roman Known World and rather unimportant to the Roman Empire really, although they would be aware from traders crossing the Channel that Britannia was rich in resources such as lead, copper, gold, iron, salt, silver and tin. All materials that were in demand across the Roman Empire, and it was the disputing Celtic tribes of south east Britannia threatening to disrupt this trade that attributed to Emperor Claudius’s decision to invade. It offered an opportunity to build an alliance with one tribe by offering military aid. A foot in the door.
So despite these mineral riches, and even though it wasn’t long after the start of the conquest by Emperor Claudius before lead was being mined by Legio II Augusta on the Mendip Hills in the south west (see photo below that shows the earthwork remains of the mining activity which is still clearly visible today), it appears the main lure to conquer the lands was for political gain, bragging rights, at succeeding in extending the Empire, thus proving his worth as Emperor. Claudius spent just sixteen days in Britannia before going back to a hero’s welcome in Rome. A triumphal arch – The Arch of Claudius – was dedicated to him in AD51.
It is generally agreed by historians that it took around 44 years to complete the conquest. The Stanegate, an important Roman road was established in AD87 linking two strategically placed forts in the north of England, just south of where the famous barrier of Hadrian’s Wall marking the end of the Empire was eventually placed.
Much changed in Britannia during Emperor Hadrian’s rule, not least that he greatly increased the influence of Rome by strengthening fortifications and increasing the number of Roman soldiers in the garrisons. But the most enduring change was the personification of Roman Britain as a goddess. The goddess Britannia.
Hadrian had a shrine erected to the goddess in the second century in York, or Eboracum to give the city its Roman name, and during this period she began appearing on coins where she was seated on a rock and armed with a spear and with a spiked shield leaning against her.
Although depictions of Britannia have changed a little since then, she holds a trident now and rides a chariot, she is still easily recognisable as the same goddess. The photo below is of a British 1oz silver bullion coin produced by The Royal Mint in 1999. A further legacy from Emperor Hadrian as well as that intriguing wall.
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