The Road: A Story of Romans and Ways to the Past

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The Road: A Story of Romans and Ways to the Past

The Road: A Story of Romans and Ways to the Past

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A touchstone into one of the most fascinating periods in British and European history that still has resonance today. Hadley's writing moves seemingly randomly from descriptions of hedgerows, to parish history and into archaeological analysis and then back again. The shock and awe experienced by the bewildered Britons that the construction of a rapid troop transport system by a supremely organised and skilled group of soldiers can only be imagined.

A wonderful read which gives you the real sense of being a Roman in Britain, revealing how the world you know around you was shaped by your very ancestors. For two thousand years, the roads the Romans built have determined the flow of ideas and folktales, where battles were fought and where pilgrims trod. For two thousand years they have determined the flow of ideas and folktales, where battles were fought and where pilgrims trod.Then I became overwhelmed with the micro detail of the local landscape and although many of stories and folklore Hadley draws in are compelling, as a reader I ran out of steam! This is no dry and prosaic history, but a work of imagination and a deeply literary book… wonderful prose . Sir Dover is the only one afflicted by the deeply self-obsessed British public school old boy mentality, in my opinion, who has ever so honestly and openly recognised it for what it is - wanky sybaritic self-indulgence. Year after year the heavy clay swallowed whole lengths of it; the once mighty road became a bridleway, an overgrown hollow-way, a parched mark in the soil. Along the way we learn about how roads were sited, construction methods, how roads were used by and against (e.

We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Publication dates are subject to change (although this is an extremely uncommon occurrence overall).Time and nature have erased many clues; they rotted bridges and raised whole woods across the route. Thought there'd be more to it, but there are some interesting historical asides here and there, even if, for some reason, I felt it'd be a lot more focused on the attempt to follow a forgotten Roman road than it was. The road Hadley walks has been largely lost over the many centuries since it was constructed - all that remains is a mere route. Payments made using National Book Tokens are processed by National Book Tokens Ltd, and you can read their Terms and Conditions here.

Great book, engaging, thought provoking, interesting, informative and poetic - a connection with the past at a time when we need to remember that the past is still with us. We all think we know about Roman roads because they are straight, but this book shows there is far more to them than that. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.Any shared joy I can glean - such as over the use of delightful antiquated words that are doubly delightful for their utter uselessness - feels somewhat unclean. It's not perfect, and there are definitely moments when Hadley loses control of his prose and both he and you get a bit lost. Some of Hadley’s most interesting comments are about ghost roads that no longer exist but which still serve part of their original function - no spoiler. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products.

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