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Under Another Sky: Journeys in Roman Britain
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Under Another Sky: Journeys in Roman Britain [Format Kindle]

Charlotte Higgins

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"Wonderfully written and full of unexpected facts. Higgins brings Roman Britain into the present." (Richard Sennett)

"Beautifully crafted. The beauty of this book is not just in the elegant prose and the precision with which she skewers her myths. It is in the sympathy that she shows for the myth-makers, the men and woman who so very much wanted their very own Roman Britain." (Peter Stothard The Times)

"Mesmerising. Sophisticated and passionate. She personalizes the story in a diaristic, almost poetic tone.her prose reminds me at times of W. G. Sebald's The Rings of Saturn.similarly haunted by a sense of a past slipping away." (Tim Whitmarsh Guardian)

"Smart and up-to-date, sensitive but hard-headed, impeccably researched but gloriously poetic. The layering of themes, moods and topics is staggering. There's nothing like quite it." (Tom Holland, author of 'Rubicon' and 'Persian Fire')

"Under Another Sky should be on every shelf in the UK. Part travelogue, part handbook and part revisionist history, it is a personal and vivid encounter with landscapes, artefacts and people. Beautifully considered and written." (Ruth Padel New Statesman)

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Shortlisted for the 2013 Samuel Johnson Prize, the Thwaites Wainwright Prize and the 2014 Dolman Travel Book Award

This is a book about the encounter with Roman Britain: about what the idea of ‘Roman Britain’ has meant to those who came after Britain’s 400-year stint as province of Rome – from the medieval mythographer-historian Geoffrey of Monmouth to Edward Elgar and W.H. Auden. What does Roman Britain mean to us now? How were its physical remains rediscovered and made sense of? How has it been reimagined, in story and song and verse?

Charlotte Higgins has traced these tales by setting out to discover the remains of Roman Britain for herself, sometimes on foot, sometimes in a splendid, though not particularly reliable, VW camper van. Via accounts of some of Britain's most intriguing, and often unjustly overlooked ancient monuments, Under Another Sky invites us to see the British landscape, and British history, in an entirely fresh way: as indelibly marked by how the Romans first imagined, and wrote, these strange and exotic islands, perched on the edge of the known world, into existence.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Suggestive Meditation on Past and Present 24 octobre 2013
Par M.A. Brown - Publié sur
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I loved this book. It is a beautifully written combination of history and travel book. Charlotte Higgins travels around Britain visiting Roman sites and telling the reader about their significance. However, she also comments on their condition and on contemporary and past responses to them in ways that raise provocative questions about the way we construct the past. Do not go to this for a conventional history of Roman Britain, but it's a must if you like informed and thought-provoking writing that both manages to impart a good deal of knowledge about Roman Britain and interrogates current attitudes to it..
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Rethinking Britain's Past 20 octobre 2013
Par Paul Drexler - Publié sur
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Superb. Under Another Sky should be read by anyone with an interest in British history. Higgins combines leisurely country walks through Roman ruins with ruminations on the many different ways in which the English have thought about themselves and their own identity. Higgins, a fine classicist as well as a journalist, is well-equipped to lead us through this least-understood period of British history. Higgins writes in an engaging personal style, as she guides us through spectacularly situated ruins, colourful (and erotic) mosaics, Caesar's invasion and Arthurian legend. As Britain tries to redefine its own post-Empire identity, its Roman past begins to take on a deeper meaning. Is Britain to be a pan-European/global nation (as in Roman times, when its cities were more multi-ethnic than today), or an island redoubt, or mere congeries of English, Scots, and Welsh? Higgins guides us through these same issues in Roman times, with a light touch and an open mind. Under Another Sky is not traditional academic history (though Higgins is well-acquainted with all the sources), but for anyone interested in the British past, its countryside, and its culture, reading this book is like coming upon one of the buried treasures which seem to dot the English landscape.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Roamin' Briton. 20 janvier 2014
Par Sue Kichenside - Publié sur
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Charlotte Higgins is a deft and charming guide to Roman Britain. Not only does she recount what these sites - sometimes no more than a few crumbling stones - have meant to people down the ages but she also explores how we in Britain preserve and protect (or not) our ancient heritage in this era of modern tourism. The chapter on Hadrian's Wall is alone worth the price of admission.

All this to say that Ms Higgins makes this fascinating history-cum-travelogue relevant to the reader today and she does so in an unstuffy, anecdotal way that is accessible to all.

Here she is talking about the mythical London Stone: "When I visited it, it was surrounded in its niche by cigarette ends* and discarded train tickets, and what seemed to be grains of wheat and a couple of almonds (as if in obscure offering)."

Here, at an imposing Roman ruin in Norfolk: "A large chunk of wall, in all its massy two-metre width, leaned out at a disconcerting angle from the main run, like a slice of cake ready to be levered on to a plate."

And here, talking of eminent archaeologist R. G. Collingwood who believed: "The past never truly went away; it lay `incapsulated' in the present." Which sums up this lovely book perfectly.

* In the book, the author uses a slang English word for 'cigarette' which exemplifies her informal style but the word evidently breaches Amazon review guidelines and the system won't allow me to use it.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Not as good as I had hoped 19 septembre 2013
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I feel vaguely disappointed. It seemed more a history of antiquaries' views of Roman Britain. Perhaps Sebalf would have done it more insightfully . I'm sure it's worthy but I cannot understand why I have felt robbed.
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