Living on the Edge of Empire

Living on the Edge of Empire written by Rob Collins and Published by Pen and Sword Books – £25.00 – Hardback – Pages 168.

Living on the Edge of Empire looks into the many objects and artefacts found used by the people living around the Hadrian wall, on the outer most reaches of the Roman Empire. The author Dr Rob Collins produces a wide collection of artefacts found in an attempt to discover and understand the archaeology of the area and the time. The book is split up into a very wide range of subjects such as Communities and Homes, Dress and Clothing, Eating and Drinking, Security, Business and Pleasure and finally Life and Death. What is also good to see is, there is a chapter on the unknown where there isn’t a strong possibility as to what something is.

This I must say is a very nice and smart looking book, very easy on the eye and the photographs of the various artefacts look great. What is also very good is the accompanying text about each item. It is clearly well written and accurate as it is written by the curators of the collections inside the book. There is also plenty of artefacts to look at and read about, one chapter doesn’t over shadow the other at all, everything has a good and equal share. What I really enjoyed was the very small items and the colourful bits of jewellery, which considering how small they are, it’s amazing how long they have survived. Towards the back of the book is a section on various sites to visit and also an excellent reference section which identifies every item in the book into a easy to read table. This book has been made it seems with great care and pleasure, certainly I would expect to find in a museum and really does show off fantastic items in its little exhibition. A very good 4.5 star rating.

Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.

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