Reading Hadrian’s Wall: 9

9. Hingley Hadrian’s Wall A Life OUP

This book is all about Hadrian’s Wall after the Romans and, as such, has a rather refreshing approach, insofar as it attempts to provide a ‘biography’ of the Wall. Considering it is an academic book, it is also extremely readable (see, I told you it as possible!). If you’ve read Breeze and Dobson and are wondering ‘what next?’ then this is a good place to go. This is fundamentally about the repeated rediscovery of the Wall and takes the account from the post-Roman period right up to the creation of the National Trail and contemporary attitudes to the monument to itself. If your interest is more heritagey than Roman strategy and tactics or bricks (well, stones) and mortar, then this should suit you right down to the ground (and below it, too!). It took the publisher a long time to bring out a reasonably priced paperback, but they eventually did, luckily. No, it’s best not to get me started on the subject of other publishers.. Amazon  Hive

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