Background reading recommendations for Infamy

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cbrenner
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Background reading recommendations for Infamy

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Good afternoon,

I am not very versed in the period covered by Infamy. Looking for recommendations for books to give me good basic background in the period.

Any help appreciated.

Thanks,

Chip

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Re: Background reading recommendations for Infamy

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If you want a novel series then I highly recommend the Eagles of the Empire series by Simon Scarrow. Lots of 'daring do' as part of the legions in period - think of it as a Roman Sharpe type series. Maybe not a true historical background book recommendation, but I think will fit perfectly with the Infamy setting and rules. The first 4 or 5 books are based in Gaul/ and the conquest of Britain so fit perfectly with that and give an interesting ground level view of things.

There are lots of books on the rather large period covered so I leave the best true history book for others. There are lots out there... :)
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cbrenner
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Re: Background reading recommendations for Infamy

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mellis1644 - I will have to check those out. I love the Sharpe books. Thanks

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For original source material try looking for a copy of Julius Caesar’s “The Conquest of Gaul” or Tacitus’ “The Agricola and the Germania” both published by Penguin Classics but probably available on line these days.
Both are excellent reads, if self serving, and relatively short.

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Archdukek - thank you. I will see what i can find.

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Thanks all. Amazon is great.

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For good fiction historically based, Imperial Governor, recommended by The Chief Lard Meister.

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Re: Background reading recommendations for Infamy

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Adrian Goldsworthy's trilogy beginning with Vindolanda. Briton in the 1st Century. Lots of Infamy Infamy type fighting.

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Along with Scarrow's Cato & Macro novels, there's also Harry Sidebottom's Warriror of Rome (Ballista) series, though his stuff is 3rd Century so a bit later strictly speaking.

(Although a caution; I can't comment on the European stuff, but he is weaker on Persia. It's more of a Hollywood Persia than I would like. But they are a pretty good read.)

Then Dr Adrian Goldsworthy has chopped in with some historical novels, which have had mixed reviews.
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Re: Background reading recommendations for Infamy

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Someone already beat me to it,
Simon Scarow books with Macro and Cato are probably spot on for the feel of Infamy Infamy.
One day Hollywood will make them into movies, except I don’t think the US won that war?
Saying that the HBO tv series ‘Rome’ had a pair of Centurian types very similar to Macro and Cato, I quite enjoyed that show.

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