Defying Rome: The Rebels of Roman Britain - Guy de la Bedoyere 2.5 stars:

Not much to say about this book. While there's nothing "wrong" with it, I can't say there's much "right." The book is divided into 14 chapters of defiance to Roman rule and a 15th, concluding essay. Some of the selections I found odd, particularly the chapter on the XIV Gemina legion. It had made a name for itself in Boudicca's rebellion but had already been recalled to the continent when it was on the losing side in the civil war of 68-69, and its connection to Britain as a seedbed of revolt tenuous at best.

The chief failure is that Bedoyere doesn't carry his analysis of Britain and its place in the empire far enough. Instead he settles for a facile, "accepted wisdom" approach, and has an extremely annoying, colloquial way of writing. For example, in many of the essays and in the final chapter, the author mentions the exclusion of the British elites from the empirewide political stratum but doesn't explain its consequences or consider why this might be so, and why the condition persisted for the four centuries Britain remained part of Rome's dominions.

It may be of passing interest to someone who might otherwise have no familiarity with Roman Britain but to anyone with such a background (or a broader one in general empire history) it's something of a disappointment.