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Vindolanda kindle offer - and Ferox's impending return
Vindolanda currently available on kindle from amazon in the UK for £0.99 -
Vindolanda on kindle

Also, Ferox returns in The Fort released in June in the UK.
Philip and Alexander at £0.99 on BookBub offer
As of a couple of days ago, there is an offer for the kindle edition of the book in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.
Vindolanda offer on kindle in UK
Amazon.co.uk have VINDOLANDA on offer for 99p this month:-

Vindolanda on kindle
Philip and Alexander released in UK today
Today is the official release for the Uk edition of PHILIP and ALEXANDER: Kings and Conbquerors.

Here is a link to the fun History Hack podcast where I discuss this new book and other things Philip and Alexander on History Hack
The Fate of the Ninth
One silver lining of the lockdown has been the chance to chip away at the backlog of books piled high and waiting to be read. One in particular had slipped down behind a bookcase so was a very pleasant discovery, namely Duncan B. Campbell's The Fate of the Ninth. The author will be very familiar to those interested in ancient military history and especially the Roman army for his numerous books, including a number for Osprey, and as a regular contributor to Ancient Warfare magazine.

Reading the introduction brought back lots of memories, as our paths to studying the Roman army are similar. I had not realised that the artist who did the pictures for the Ladybird also did the original Thomas the Tank Engine stories. (It's strange how these stick in the memory. I was surprised how many I remembered when I came to read the stories to my son in the last few years). Then there was Rosemary Sutcliffe's Eagle of the Ninth and the marvellous BBC dramatization in 1977 - copies of which were discovered fairly recently and released on dvd. Again, strange how many scenes were familiar when I watched it for the first time in over forty years.

The book, as you might guess, is an exploration of just what did happen to Legio VIIII Hispana (who usually chose to spell their title that way, rather than using the more familiar IX as numeral). More than just a survey of the evidence itself, Campbell traces the way the matter has been studied and how the idea of a legion lost in the mists of northernmost Britain was created and gathered a momentum of its own. Along the way we meet many of the key figures to shape the understanding of the legions and Roman Britain. Throughout the analysis is clear and very sensible. This is not an author parading a pet theory and forcing the evidence to fit, but a highly accomplished scholar assessing the matter clearly and thoroughly. I do not think it is giving the game away to state that there is no fixed conclusion - no solving every mystery - and instead we are taken as far as the evidence will go. In the process, many issues of how the Roman army worked are examined, familiar theories challenged, and plenty of questions raised. For instance, whether the senatorial tribune was in truth the second in command of a legion.

All in all this is well worth a look, especailly if you have fond memories of Sutcliffe's story.

The Fate of the Ninth

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