A Visitor's Guide to Jane Austen's England by Sue Wilkes

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By Sue Wilkes

Immerse your self within the vanished international inhabited via Austen's contemporaries. choked with element, and anecdotes, this can be an intimate exploration of the way the center and higher sessions lived from 1775, the 12 months of Austen's beginning, to the coronation of George IV

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The new fortress at Inchtuthil was systematically dismantled before it was even completed. It is now believed that the whole of Scotland was abandoned as a single act rather than that there was a two-stage withdrawal with a short-lived frontier between the rivers Forth and Clyde. Of Scottish sites, only Newstead and Dalswinton appear to have been maintained as outliers of the new ‘Stanegate—limes’. An extensive programme of consolidation was put in hand south of the new frontier. The thoroughness of this is well illustrated by the complexity of developments in north-west England.

Such a picture argues strongly against Tacitus’ assertion that Agricola’s governorship was followed by negative policies and attitudes. Evidence from aerial reconnaissance has shown that the Stanegate itself underwent development; the large forts were each reduced in size by approximately one half, and intermediate structures, such as fortlets and watchtowers, were introduced. However, the absence of a Roman account of this period makes it hard to reconstruct the context of these developments. It is possible that the demands of Trajan’s Dacian and eastern wars led to further troop-withdrawals from Britain between AD 100 and 117, bringing with them a consequent need to re-deploy some of the forces that were left.

In the case of Colchester, a particular assault was made on the temple; the altar to Victory, which stood outside it, was wrecked, and it appears that the head was wrenched from a bronze statue of the emperor, Claudius, and deposited in the river Alde (in Suffolk), probably as an offering to the local deity represented by the river. Excavations in St Albans have revealed clear signs of the burning associated with the attack in AD 59; the buildings of the towns at this stage will have been predominantly timber.

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