Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian's Wall

A Novel

Book - 2004
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Betrothed to the new commander of 367 A.D.'s famed Petriana cavalry, senator's daughter Valeria is escorted to the site of her wedding by her intended's rival, the veteran soldier Galba, a situation that is complicated by the mysterious past of the barbarian chieftain Arden Caratacus. Reprint.


A fusion of Steven Pressfield's Gates of Fire and the movie Braveheart; a novel of ancient warfare, lethal politics, and the final great clash of Roman and Celtic culture.

For three centuries, the stone barrier we know as Hadrian's Wall shielded Roman Britain from the unconquered barbarians of the island's northern highlands. But when Valeria, a senator's daughter, is sent to the Wall for an arranged marriage to an aristocratic officer in 367 AD, her journey unleashes jealousy, passion and epic war. Valeria's new husband, Marcus, has supplanted the brutally efficient veteran soldier Galba as commander of the famed Petriana cavalry. Yet Galba insists on escorting the bride–to–be on her journey to the Wall. Is he submitting to duty? Or plotting revenge? And what is the mysterious past of the handsome barbarian chieftain Arden Caratacus, who springs from ambush and who seems to know so much of hated Rome?

As sharp as the edge of a spatha sword and as piercing as a Celtic arrow, Hadrian's Wall evokes a lost world of Roman ideals and barbaric romanticism.

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Betrothed to the commander of the Petriana cavalry, senator's daughter Valeria is escorted to her wedding by her intended's rival, the veteran soldier Galba, a situation that is complicated by the barbarian chieftain Arden Caratacus.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, c2004
ISBN: 9780060563721
Branch Call Number: FIC Dietr
Characteristics: 356 p. : map


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Apr 07, 2016

Hadrian's Wall marked the end of Roman civilization in Britain. North of the wall were the Celts, Picts, Scottis, and other barbarians. This story is set in 368 as the Roman Empire enters its final decline. Valeria, the daughter of a Roman senator, is joining her new husband, Marcus Flavius who is the new commander at Hadrian's Wall. Flavius' political appointment infuriates Galba Brassidias, an ambitious veteran. These actions set stage for Valeria's kidnapping by Arden Caratacus, a Celtic Roman soldier who has returned to Britain with his own plans for his people. The book is set up an official investigation into Valeria's disappearance and all the military upheaval that ensued. It's a fascinating look at the clash between two very different cultures at the end of an era.

librarymovieguy Aug 14, 2013

A Roman woman is kidnapped by the fearsome barbarians, only to discover that she prefers their company to that of the Roman she was forced to marry.

Mar 28, 2013

Hadrian’s Wall --- by William Dietrich. Dietrich is one of those authors who can lay claim to a huge chunk of the domain of historical fiction. Others have tilled this field but Dietrich seems to do it better than many others. This is a novel about conflict --- or perhaps one should say conficts: conflicts between an old order and a new; between duty and structure and freedom and right; between honour and deceit. It is a novel filled with treachery, deceit and betrayal along the northern fringes of the Roman Empire, along a wall constructed to keep out the ever-threatening barbarians bent on the destruction of Rome. At the same time it is a love story, one that surprises, and yet, at the same time, one that was pre-destined and inevitable. This novel catches your breat and make you hold it; it fills you with dread and fear at the same time that it gives you hope. Another one of those books that simply must be read.

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