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Wallace Breem was born in 1926 and educated at Westminster School. In 1944 he entered the Indian Army Officers' Training School and later joined a crack regiment of the North West Frontier Force. After the war he took a number of temporary jobs, eventually joining the library staff of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple.
By 1965 he had become the 11th Chief Librarian and Keeper of Manuscripts. He was a founder member of the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians. He served the organisation in a number of senior capacities from 1969 until his death in 1990, when the Association and the Inner Temple jointly set up a Memorial Award in his honour.
This is an excellent book. It is historically accurate, moving, detailed, and fair. The barbarians were not always so, and the Romans were not always civilized. Read morePublished on June 27 2010 by R. Thatcher
Wallace Bream puts you directly into the sandals and mind of General Maximus! Few books make you anticipate the battle, fear the enemy, and feel the cold wind and snow sweeping... Read morePublished on April 13 2004 by Patrick Rivette
I recognize that this book was originally published about 30 years ago and that the author is now dead, but it still remains a good example of a trend in historical fiction which... Read morePublished on Nov. 21 2003 by Paul McGrath
A very good read for the sober historical novel reader. Maximus shockingly finds himself suddenly in command of the only legion Rome can manage to support on the Rhine River. Read morePublished on Sept. 15 2003 by Jim Smith
If the first half of this book had been more compelling I'd have given it 5 stars without a second thought since the second half is so beautifully done, a dark and devastatingly... Read morePublished on Aug. 26 2003 by Stuart W. Mirsky
This book was.. for lack of a better word, Awesome. From the start, it keeps its readers captivated and with the sense that they have an eye in the past, viewing the end of the... Read morePublished on Aug. 6 2003 by Palmetto
After having finished this gripping, touching, and historically accurate page turner I HAD to write a review to offset the previous one. Read morePublished on July 20 2003