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A short background of significant Britain narrates the historical past of significant Britain from the earliest instances to the twenty first century, overlaying the whole island--England, Wales, and Scotland--as good as linked archipelagos equivalent to the Channel Islands, the Orkneys, and eire as they've got motivated British background. The valuable tale of this quantity is the advance of the British nation, together with its upward thrust and decline at the international level. The publication is outfitted round a transparent chronological political narrative whereas incorporating remedy of social, fiscal, and non secular concerns.

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Our men pursued, wounded, made prisoners of the fugitives only to slaughter them when others fell in their way. And now the enemy, as prompted by their various dispositions, fled in whole battalions with arms in their hands before a few pursuers, while some, who were unarmed, actually rushed to the front and gave themselves up to death. Everywhere there lay scattered arms, corpses, and mangled limbs, and the earth reeked with blood. Source: Tacitus. The Agricola and Germany of Tacitus and the Dialogue on Oratory.

Early Britain had a warlike culture, and many of the artifacts that survive are related to war. A common form of settlement was the hill fort, built on top of a hill to dominate surrounding territories. Britons used chariots in battle, a form of warfare obsolete in the Mediterranean and even Gaul but still formidable in the more primitive British setting. British armies also included cavalry, mounted on ponies, and infantry. One custom for which British warriors became well known was painting themselves blue, using a substance known as woad, before going into battle.

British and Roman gods were frequently combined or equated. The Roman military worshipped combinations of Roman and Celtic deities, such as the god of war Mars Camulos. The Celtic goddess of the hot springs at Aquae, Sulis (today’s Bath) was renamed Minerva Sulis. Away from the centers of Roman civilization, British peasants and slaves probably continued worshipping British gods in the traditional way, although without the benefit of Druids or human sacrifice. Some Celtic customs seem to have been abandoned in the period, such as the burial of the dead with weapons as opposed to household goods, but there is no evidence this change had anything to do with the Roman occupation.

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