Andrew Phillips Colchester: A History

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Colchester: A History

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Colchester boasts 2,000 years of history. Few towns in Britain can equal that. Yet this new book, by a local author, is the first full and concise history of Colchester to be published in nearly half a century, during which time our knowledge of the town's past has grown immeasurably. The Iron-Age capital of King Cunobelin (Shakespeare's Cymbeline), Colchester was the target of the Roman invasion in AD 43. Where the Emperor Claudius received its submission, the Romans built a legionary fortress, the framework of which still forms the centre of Colchester. As capital of Roman Britain, Colchester was over-run and burnt by the warrior-queen Boudica (aka Boadicea), then rebuilt and ringed by its famous walls. After Rome fell and the Saxon incursions began, the Saxon King Edward the Elder made it the leading town in Essex. The Normans raised its profile higher, when an Abbey, a Priory and a great castle gave it the strategic defence of Eastern England. It was besieged only once, when King John was in conflict with his barons over Magna Carta. For 400 years Colchester's cloth industry placed it among the top fifteen towns in the kingdom. It saw Protestants burnt at the stake, withstood a Civil War siege, was ravaged by Plague and stood in the front line against invasion, first by Napoleon, then by Hitler. An important engineering town since Victorian times, it is today a regional shopping centre, a major garrison town and a popular tourist attraction. This authoritative, readable and well illustrated new work, from a professional historian, will doubtless become the standard work on this ancient town for at least the next half century.

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ANDREW PHILLIPS is a Fellow of the Department of History at the University of Essex. For many years responsible for training Blue Badge tourist guides for the town, in 1988 he founded the Colchester Recalled Oral History Group and, soon afterwards, became chairman of the Friends of Colchester Museum. He was honorary librarian and a former president of the Essex Society for Archaeology and History. Since 1981 he has contributed a regular local history feature to the Essex County Standard and Gazette and given frequent talks and lectures on local history around Essex. He has written nine previously published books about Colchester, most recently Colchester in the Great War in addition to many articles about Colchester and Essex. With this latest book on Colchester he has brought together over 40 years’ study of the town.

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Colchester was a capital of a king (later called "Cymbeline") by the Iron Age. It became the target of a Roman emperor who made it a fortress. It was captured by Bodica, re-won, re-walled, and eventually re-captured by the Saxons. The Normans captured it anew and built an abbey and a castle, which kept it safe until King John chose to be besieged t

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