The Inspiration


Charlie Francis has responded to the National Roman Legion Museum with ‘Audere est Facere’, in particular the clashing of indigenous and invading cultures during the emergence of Roman Britain.

Britiannia was one of the last provinces to be added to the Roman Empire, and it proved to be one of the most troublesome. The Romans invaded Britain in AD 43 with an army of about 40,000 men.

Landing on the Kentish coast, they won a decisive battle and quickly advanced to the River Thames. They marched on the British stronghold of Colchester, having awaited the arrival of the Emperor Claudius, and defeated the tribal leaders.

Within a few years, the new province covered all of south eastern Britain. By 48, Roman forces were on the borders of what is now Wales.

The two most powerful tribes in Wales – the Silures in the south-east and the Ordovices in the north – were bitterly hostile to the Romans. An arduous struggle ensued that would last nearly three decades.

During the tenure of Emperor Vespesian the Second Augustan Legion were led to their new fortress in Caerleon, and forward to complete the defeat of the Silures by Julius Frontinus, provincial governor from 74 to 77. In mid and north Wales, the Ordovices were likewise subdued after campaigns by Frontinus and his successor Agricola in 78.

Charlie Francis:

“I was looking for a fun project to work on myself and coming from York – a Roman town – I was naturally interested in the National Roman Legion Museum and its collections. The purpose of my track – which is based on one Miles Davies chord – is to accompany the National Roman Legion Museum experience.”