The Dark Ages of Camelot
Of the Roman Occupation
The Roman Occupation
Though briefly described within the History of Britain, the Roman Occupation is much too long to give a footnote in history within the greater annuls of my writings.
under Emperor Claudius, whose general Aulus Plautius served as first leader of the isles of Britannia under Roman rule the Romans invaded the isles of Britannia. Ships of massive scale, and soldiers armed with steel overran the native briton who were ill equipped to handle the Romans. Men became so desperate as to seek aid from the Dwarves and Elves. The Elves of Avalon, refused to help the usurper humans, and the Dwarves were troubled little by these primitive humans, locked behind their many-pillared halls of stone.
The main invasion force under Aulus Plautius crossed in three divisions. The port of departure taken in Gaul, and the main landing in the lower dales of the isles. Here, they encountered Verica, an Exiled king of Atrebates, a very minor tribe of the Britonnics. The British resistance was led by Togodumnus and Caratacus, sons of the late king of the Catuvellauni, Cunobeline. A substantial British force met the Romans at a river crossing on the River Medway. The battle raged for two days. Hosidius Geta was almost captured, but recovered and turned the battle so decisively that he was awarded the “Roman triumph.” A procession of honor held within the Roman Capital city.
The British were pushed back to the Thames. The Romans pursued them across the river causing them to lose men in the marshes of Aldesseal Or Essex in the Saxon tongue. Togodumnus died shortly after the battle on the Thames. Plautius halted and sent word for Claudius to join him for the final push. The Emperor then received the surrender of the Eleven Kings of Britain.
The Romans prepared to move further west and north. The Romans established their new capital at Camulodunum and Claudius returned to Rome to celebrate his victory. Caratacus escaped and would continue the resistance further west. Vespasian took a force westwards subduing tribes and capturing oppida as he went, going as far as Exeter which became an early base for their legions. The rest of the isle’s history of conquered peoples followed shortly after. Boudicca, a Britonnic Queen was the last true resistance of the isles, as the Roman legion took control of entire southern portion of the isles.
Though my eyes are weary and I shall continue to write about this later… (To be continued.)