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The Road: A Story of Romans and Ways to the Past

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The _ga cookie, installed by Google Analytics, calculates visitor, session and campaign data and also keeps track of site usage for the site's analytics report. This book deserves to be read at least twice, first to appreciate what it reveals and then to luxuriate in its effervescent voice. Whilst a portion of Hadley’s road appears at start of each new section, a fold out version which showed the entire road in a broader situational context would have been useful. And good for him and anyone who genuinely enjoys 275 pages of a bloke slipping into verse and panegyric over the remains of a road! Although this book stuttered and stumbled at times - a bit like a traveller on The Road itself - I nevertheless found it of the greatest interest, full of information that would be hard to gain elsewhere.

These cookies help provide information on metrics the number of visitors, bounce rate, traffic source, etc. Some of the data that are collected include the number of visitors, their source, and the pages they visit anonymously. Christopher Hadley is a journalist and author writing at the murky, wonderful intersection of history and folklore. Hadley's writing moves seemingly randomly from descriptions of hedgerows, to parish history and into archaeological analysis and then back again. Then I became overwhelmed with the micro detail of the local landscape and although many of stories and folklore Hadley draws in are compelling, as a reader I ran out of steam!We all think we know about Roman roads because they are straight, but this book shows there is far more to them than that. Drawing on the findings of years of work by dedicated archaeologists, aerial photographers and historians, Hadley travels the length of a spur of Ermine street in the direction of Great Chesterford pondering how and why it was built and the lives of the people who travelled or lived along it. His pieces have appeared in The Independent , The Guardian , The Times , London Review of Books , Esquire and his local parish magazine, among many other publications. Some of Hadley’s most interesting comments are about ghost roads that no longer exist but which still serve part of their original function - no spoiler.

As the Britons fell back to the Thames, the road pursued them to the river’s edge, carrying troops, supplies and military despatches.Great book, engaging, thought provoking, interesting, informative and poetic - a connection with the past at a time when we need to remember that the past is still with us. But the attempt to truly and earnestly show the road as it has been throughout all of its history is such an ambitious one that I can forgive him those topples into pretension, because there is so much that is fascinating and beautiful and wonderful, and I think he gets quite close to what he's trying to do.

This kind of energy to a piece of writing, or a ‘posher than the queen’, deliberately obtuse Brian Sewell quote, always reminds me of the infamous tale recounted in Sir Kenneth Dover’s autobiography where, when walking in the Italian hills, he was so overcome with the beauty and poeticism of the moment that he proceeded to masturbate to completion. Hotjar sets this cookie to know whether a user is included in the data sampling defined by the site's pageview limit. Ebooks fulfilled through Glose cannot be printed, downloaded as PDF, or read in other digital readers (like Kindle or Nook). The shock and awe experienced by the bewildered Britons that the construction of a rapid troop transport system by a supremely organised and skilled group of soldiers can only be imagined.Hadley leads us on a hunt to discover, in Hilaire Belloc’s phrase, ‘all that has arisen along the way’. I read through the references, I've bought more books on the subject and I went back and forth between the book and Google Earth at several points. Hotjar sets this cookie to know whether a user is included in the data sampling defined by the site's daily session limit.

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