Roman Legionary Fortresses

The Book

Fortresses cover

The book can be purchased from the Pen & Sword website and from Amazon (UK) and Amazon (US)

This book is ... a very important historical review of a very important subject and it also provides an example of the way that printed books are learning to live with eBooks, the internet, and take advantage of the opportunities the digital age offers. The author has made great use of illustrations. The drawings are clear and well done, as are the maps. As a key reference book this is first class and will be highly regarded by scholars of the period. Firetrench Reviews

Providing exactly what the title suggests, this is primarily a gazetteer of all currently known Roman Legion bases, each with well referenced details such as location, situation, size, orientation etc. as well as the units that were based there together with line drawings and photographs...all in all this handbook should be considered an essential reference for a Roman military scholar. Clash of Steel

Mike Bishop ... is a specialist in military archaeology and admits that he wrote this particular book because he needed a gazetteer of Roman legionary fortresses. He provides detailed drawings and descriptions, dates, units, garrisons, etc. of some 85 sites. Perhaps as a sign of the future of publishing the book is complemented by a website providing information and aerial views of the fortress sites identified. Hexham Local History Society

The author of this impressive book, Dr Mike Bishop, is a respected freelance archaeologist, writer and publisher specialising in Roman militaria. The Handbook is a reference guide to 103 legionary fortresses scattered around the frontiers of the Roman Empire, 11 of them in Britain. The bulk of this minutely researched volume consists of detailed plans, measurements and geographical data of each fortress with literary references. A number of large colour photographs, mostly taken by the author and his collaborator Jonathon Coulston, complement the descriptions. There are informative appendices including a timeline of legionary movements, and an exhaustive bibliography, and the book is linked to a website containing further detailed information and maps. The Handbook would be an asset to any serious library of Roman studies. The Friends of Fishbourne Roman Palace

This is a reference guide to Roman legionary fortresses throughout the former Roman Empire, of which approximately eighty-five have been located and identified. With the expansion of the Empire and the garrisoning of its army in frontier regions during the 1st century AD, Rome began to concentrate its legions in large permanent bases. Some have been explored in great detail, others are barely known, but this book brings together for the first time the legionary fortresses of the whole empire. An introductory section outlines the history of legionary bases and their key components. At the heart of the book is a referenced and illustrated catalogue of the known bases, each with a specially prepared plan. A detailed bibliography provides up-to-date publication information.

M. C. Bishop, Handbook to Roman Legionary Fortresses, Pen & Sword, Hbk 208 pp ISBN 9781848841383

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