Monday, 17 February 2014

Carausius - the British Emperor

Marcus Aurelius Mausaeus Carausius
Keeping the North Sea free of barbarian pirates in the late third century is a man by the name of Carausius. Carausius is a famous Belgican. He also becomes famous for not handing over all of the loot he grabs from the pirates he nabs. Before the emperor’s men grab him, in AD 286 he scoots to safety and decides to go it alone. He grabs Britain and the important North Sea fleet for himself.
Carausius is a bull of a man with a huge neck and a bit of a Neronian look to him. His luck holds out, with one invasion attempt failing, until Constantius Chlorus is appointed to get him out. Chlorus besieges him in Carausius’s continental foothold in northern Gaul. However, one of Carausius’s commanders kills him and takes over the usurper’s throne for himself, in AD 293.
As a barbarian, in his presence make sure you distance yourself from whatever tribes have been doing the latest raiding (probably Saxons). If cornered, you might chance it and point out he wouldn’t be half the man he was today if your fellow pirates hadn’t been half a fine as body of looters that they are.

From  The Discerning Barbarian's Guidebook to Roman Britain: People to Meet and Places to Plunder [Paperback] by Lee Rotherham

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