By Simon Schama

ISBN-10: 1409018326

ISBN-13: 9781409018322

Simon Schama explores the forces that tore Britain aside in the course of centuries of dynamic swap - reworking outlooks, allegiances and boundaries.

From the start of July 1637, battles raged on for 2 hundred years - either at domestic and in another country, on sea and on land, up and down the size of burgeoning Britain, throughout Europe, the USA and India. so much will be wars of religion - waged on wide-ranging grounds of political or spiritual conviction. yet as wars of non secular passions gave approach to campaigns for revenue, the British humans did come jointly within the imperial company of 'Britannia Incorporated'.

The British Wars is a narrative of revolution and response, concept and disenchantment, of development and disaster, and Schama's evocative narrative brings it vividly to existence.

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We have, on the one hand, a weak-willed and passive emperor, incapable of making his own decision even about what seems at first a private and personal matter—the choice of a new wife. The active role in the household belongs instead to the imperial freedmen, who have arrogated to themselves the job of determining what is best for the princeps, and to the rivals for the emperor’s hand, here stand-ins for the wife whose commands the emperor will obey. In fact, what happens here will not be simply private and personal but a matter of great import to the state.

17). So upset was Claudius, in this instance, that he exiled or executed the best of his son’s tutors. The use of the phrase his quasi criminibus together with the severity of the punishments reported to have been meted out by Claudius is perhaps meant to reinforce the picture of an Agrippina who has exaggerated Britannicus’s social 37. 3. EK] 28 REPRESENTING AGRIPPINA faux pas into a suggestion of subversion and an emperor who is gullible enough to act on it. Or has the Tacitean narrative hidden a more serious threat in this story of a personal affront?

In the Suetonian account, it is the emperor who, 25. Watson 1995, 192–194. 22 REPRESENTING AGRIPPINA at the next meeting of the senate, suborned senators to propose that he be compelled to marry Agrippina quasi rei publicae maxime interesset and to allow others to contract similar marriages (which up to that time had been considered incestuous). 6) mentions Agrippina’s beauty and her rather too-familiar conduct as influential in the marriage to Claudius. 26 The consilium scene in Tacitus’s account has been artfully exploited to showcase the dynamics within the imperial house (principis domus).

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