Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian's Wall

A Novel

Book - 2004
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The Wall. When the Roman emperor Hadrian first envisioned the awesome edifice in A.D. 122, he used stone, wood, and iron to shield Roman Britannia forever from the unconquered Celtic barbarians. Stretching over seventy milesto divide the island, Hadrian's Wall has maintained the security of the Roman Empire's northern outpost for more than two hundred years. Now a Roman bride has come who will unleash jealousy, passion, and an epic war that will shake a tired and tottering empire to its core.

Tribune Marcus Flavius has secured command at the Wall not through battles fought or wars won, but through his arranged marriage to Valeria, a senator's daughter. He replaces a brutal veteran, Galba Brassidias, an ambitious soldier whose skill in battle is rivaled only by his Machiavellian brilliance. But Galba will do anything it takes to regain his position and dominate the young woman who fascinates and infuriates him.

The intrigue on the Roman side of the Wall is matched by the plotting of Celtic warriors determined to rid their land of the invaders. They are led by the dynamic and mysterious barbarian chieftain Arden Caratacus, a man who seems to know as much about hated Rome as he does of his own people, and who is determined to win the young woman for himself.

Theirs is a story of swirling emotions, ancient warfare, desperate romance, and the final great clash of Roman and Celtic cultures. All will be decided on the field of battle, where the fate of an empire may rest in the strength of Hadrian's Wall.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, c2004.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060563714
Characteristics: 356 p.


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Apr 07, 2016

Hadrian's Wall marked the end of Roman civilization in Britain. North of the wall were the Celts, Picts, Scottis, and other barbarians. This story is set in 368 as the Roman Empire enters its final decline. Valeria, the daughter of a Roman senator, is joining her new husband, Marcus Flavius who is the new commander at Hadrian's Wall. Flavius' political appointment infuriates Galba Brassidias, an ambitious veteran. These actions set stage for Valeria's kidnapping by Arden Caratacus, a Celtic Roman soldier who has returned to Britain with his own plans for his people. The book is set up an official investigation into Valeria's disappearance and all the military upheaval that ensued. It's a fascinating look at the clash between two very different cultures at the end of an era.

librarymovieguy Aug 14, 2013

A Roman woman is kidnapped by the fearsome barbarians, only to discover that she prefers their company to that of the Roman she was forced to marry.

Mar 28, 2013

Hadrian’s Wall --- by William Dietrich. Dietrich is one of those authors who can lay claim to a huge chunk of the domain of historical fiction. Others have tilled this field but Dietrich seems to do it better than many others. This is a novel about conflict --- or perhaps one should say conficts: conflicts between an old order and a new; between duty and structure and freedom and right; between honour and deceit. It is a novel filled with treachery, deceit and betrayal along the northern fringes of the Roman Empire, along a wall constructed to keep out the ever-threatening barbarians bent on the destruction of Rome. At the same time it is a love story, one that surprises, and yet, at the same time, one that was pre-destined and inevitable. This novel catches your breat and make you hold it; it fills you with dread and fear at the same time that it gives you hope. Another one of those books that simply must be read.

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