Around the year AD425 the garrison commander of a Roman fort on Hadrian’s Wall converted the stone granary to a hall, with a hearth at one end and perhaps sleeping accommodation at the other. The last army pay wagon has failed to turn up. No governor has visited these parts in a generation. It is time to take matters into his own hands. Here the commander can store the produce gathered from the surrounding farms to feed his troops; here he can feast the local nobility, house his family and maintain the trappings of imperial grandeur in a world shrunk by civil war, barbarian incursion and economic failure. Here, in the centre of Britannia, the Dark Ages begin..
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