5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating story of Trojans in Britain
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 August 2023

Bernard Jones’ first book, The Discovery of Troy and its Lost History, revealed his startling conclusion, after decades of research, that the fabulous city was neither myth nor located in the Mediterranean.
It’s no spoiler to now report that Mr Jones placed Troy in an area close to Cambridge. Yes, that’s Cambridge in England!
His second book, The Voyage of Aeneas of Troy, sees Mr Jones examine what happened next in the same micro-detailed fashion.
He has again employed his painstaking dissection of the ancient writings of Virgil’s Aeneid and applied them to historical, geographical and topographical tests to recreate the voyages of Aeneas after the fall of Troy.
Crucial to the study is an understanding that in the Bronze Age sea levels were between five and seven metres higher than they are now, so the British coastline had some significant differences. Aeneas’ epic voyage, leading his people to found a new Troy, begins in Lincolnshire.
As a reader I had to continuously remind myself of Mr Jones’ conclusion that Troy had been in Cambridgeshire, England, and not the Mediterranean, and the story of the Trojans was ancient British and not Greek, such is the power of centuries of classical teaching. And so he charts Aeneas’ journey around the coast of England in the main by unpicking the clues hidden in plain sight in Virgil’s epic poem, composed using ancient British language, parts using meanings of British words in place names.
Step by step he applies what Virgil wrote to the landscape as it appeared then and now, tracking the journey place by place according to sea currents, prevailing winds, tidal considerations and speed and distance possible by sail.
Mr Jones’ admits: “I couldn’t deny what had been found, but I certainly had difficulty believing it.”
Being in the correct geographical location is paramount, he said, reminding the reader that none of the places described by Virgil in the Aeneid can be found in the Mediterranean “because the voyage of Aeneas of Troy did not take place there”.
Aeneas completes his exodus when he founds a new city for his people more than 3,000 years ago, and more than 1,000 years before the Romans arrived in Britain - modern-day Faversham.
What of Aeneas then? He was the great grandfather of Brutus, who founded London, and from whom descended the British kings of record. Also descended from Aeneas was Romulus and the Romans.
Mr Jones’ dedication over decades in compiling this study is awesome, but he does face an uphill battle in convincing many of his peers that history should be turned on its head, despite the mass of evidence he has detected. After all, the Romans WERE in Britain, so why not the Trojans before them?
Whichever side you fall on, although in some respects his book is an academic publication, Mr Jones succeeds in driving the story forwards in digestible parts and even if readers resist re-education they will be entertained by a fascinating read.


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