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Boudica to Rædwald: East Anglia’s Relations with Rome


with John Fairclough

at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday 23rd February, 2008

We will look at the evidence for both continuity and change across a period that is usually divided sharply between the Late Iron Age, the Roman, and the Early Saxon. I suggest there was no major change in the population during this time, only very different rulers. The richness of the material culture of Rome and its central administration do make the evidence for the years of Roman government very different from what went before and what followed. Even so there were big differences between the confident Roman Empire that conquered Britain and the more fragile power of the early fifth century. Why then did East Anglia’s seventh century rulers imitate symbols of Roman authority? Boudica made a bold effort at driving out the Romans, but Wuffing rulers proclaimed their descent from Caesar. Who were the people of East Anglia? What was their view of Rome?

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 Boudica's Rebellion - its origin and effects  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.30 East Anglia under Roman government  
  12.30 Lunch break  
  14:00 On the frontier of the Empire  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 Beyond the frontier - East Anglia's kingdom emerges  
  16:15 Close  

About John Fairclough

John Fairclough studied Greats at Oxford and worked on the excavation of Iron Age hillforts in the Welsh Borders in the 1960s. He was Museum Education Officer for Suffolk for 25 years and has lectured since for Cambridge University, UEA, WEA, and Wuffing Education.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Davies, J. & Williamson, T. (eds), Land of the Iceni (UEA Norwich, 1999).
Fairclough, J. & Hardy, M., Thornham & the Waveney Valley (Heritage Marketing, 2004).
Mattingly, D., An Imperial Possession (London 2006)
Miles, D., The Tribes of Britain (London 2005).
Moore, I.E., Plouviez, J. & West, S.E., The Archaeology of Roman Suffolk (Suffolk County Council, 1988).
Plunkett, S. Suffolk in Anglo-Saxon Times (Tempus, 2005)
Scarfe, N., The Suffolk Landscape (Phillimore, new edition, 2002)


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