By Charlotte Higgins

Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, the alluring and haunting exploration of the remnants of an empire

What does Roman Britain suggest to us now? How have been its actual is still rediscovered and made experience of? How has it been reimagined, in tale and music and verse?

Sometimes strolling, occasionally in a powerful, if now not totally trustworthy, VW camper van, Charlotte Higgins units out to discover the traditional monuments of Roman Britain. She explores the land that was Rome’s northernmost territory and the way it has replaced because the years after the empire fell. lower than one other Sky invitations us to determine the British panorama, and British heritage, in a completely clean method: as indelibly marked by means of how the Romans first imagined and wrote, those unusual and unique islands, perched at the fringe of the recognized international, into life.

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