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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For two thousand years they have determined the flow of ideas and folktales, where battles were fought and where pilgrims trod. To access your ebook(s) after purchasing, you can download the free Glose app or read instantly on your browser by logging into Glose.

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.Christopher Hadley is a journalist and author writing at the murky, wonderful intersection of history and folklore. Temporary campaign roads followed, rolling out west towards Rochester and the first major battle at the Medway. In the beginning was Watling Street, the first road scored on the land when the invading Romans arrived on a cold and alien Kentish shore in 43 CE.

A touchstone into one of the most fascinating periods in British and European history that still has resonance today. 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!Campaign roads rolled out to all points of the compass, forcing their way inland and as the Britons fell back, the roads pursued them relentlessly, carrying troops, supplies and military despatches. 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.

Whilst a portion of Hadley’s road appears at start of each new section, a fold out version which showed the entire road in a broader situational context would have been useful. He explains how roads initially built by the Romans for military and strategic purposes became economic highways for spreading trade, especially in pottery, and ideas.Hadley leads us on a hunt to discover, in Hilaire Belloc’s phrase, ‘all that has arisen along the way’. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. Ebooks fulfilled through Glose cannot be printed, downloaded as PDF, or read in other digital readers (like Kindle or Nook). These cookies help provide information on metrics the number of visitors, bounce rate, traffic source, etc. The road Hadley walks has been largely lost over the many centuries since it was constructed - all that remains is a mere route.

Hadley traces the path of a single Roman road in Britain and uses this trek as a tool for explaining much that is possible to know about all such roads in that country. Payments made using National Book Tokens are processed by National Book Tokens Ltd, and you can read their Terms and Conditions here. And good for him and anyone who genuinely enjoys 275 pages of a bloke slipping into verse and panegyric over the remains of a road! Gathering traces of archaeology, history and landscape, poems, church walls, hag stones and cropmarks; oxlips, killing places, hauntings, immortals and things buried too deep for archaeology, The Road is a mesmerising journey into two thousand years of history only now giving up its secrets. Publication dates are subject to change (although this is an extremely uncommon occurrence overall).Hadley leads us on a hunt to discover, in Hilaire Belloc's phrase, 'all that has arisen along the way'. Time and nature have erased many clues; they rotted bridges and raised whole woods across the route. 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. This kind of energy to a piece of writing, or a ‘posher than the queen’, deliberately obtuse Brian Sewell quote, always reminds me of the infamous tale recounted in Sir Kenneth Dover’s autobiography where, when walking in the Italian hills, he was so overcome with the beauty and poeticism of the moment that he proceeded to masturbate to completion.



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