09/22 On the Bookshelf . . . “Grand Design,” “Plague War” & “Plague Zone”

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Started the book that everyone is apparently talking about — The Grand Design — and so far it reads like a regular science book.  Also picked up the second and third books in the Plague Year trilogy at Almost Perfect Books, and now just need to get my hands on the first.

“Roman Britain” by Richard Russell Lawrence (Shire Living Histories, 2010)

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From Shire publications comes a great new series known as the Shire Living Histories: “How we worked; how we played; how we lived,” detailing the history of Britain.  The series begins with a strong start in Roman Britain, from AD 40-400, covering this important time in history when Britain was a distant and important part of the Roman Empire, providing important natural resources.  Written by Richard Russell Lawrence, Roman Britain is filled with colorful pictures, photographs of current sites and settlements, drawings and illustrations.  During this period, Britain was going through its first “invasion,” essentially, from a Celtic and Druidic way of life to the organized and processed way of Rome.  At the end of the Roman Empire, Britain was essentially abandoned by Rome, yet many important systems and processes that had been established by the Romans continued to be used in Britain, which is what makes Roman Britain such an important read.  At the end of the book is a detailed index providing quick referencing, as well as a couple of pages on “Places to Visit” in modern-day Britain to learn of Roman Britain.  Whether you’re an avid historian, someone taking a class on this period, or someone who would just like to learn a little more about the effect the Romans had on the Britons, Roman Britain will provide you with all the answers and more.

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Originally published in the Sacramento Book Review.

Originally written on July 24 2010 ©Alex C. Telander.