Rosemary Sutcliff dedicated Brother Dusty Feet (on BBC Radio 4 extra, starting this week) to my grandfather, Harold Lawton, who lived in Parkstone, Dorset.
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- Nominations for Carnegie Medal for Children’s Literature, and Kate Greenaway Medal for illustrated children’s book 2016 announced | Rosemary Sutcliff awarded Carnegie in 1959 for The Lantern Bearers
- A loblolly man was a surgeon’s mate on navy ships | Loblolly was a thick porridge.
- Collecting maps from children’s books and historical fiction of Rosemary Sutcliff
- ‘Heather, Oak and Olive’ by Rosemary Sutcliff to be re-published in USA
- 5th Century map of Roman Empire and “the neighbouring barbarous nations” when “the empire began to be rent with foreign invasions
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- The Eagle of the Ninth Film | Summary Film and Book Story
- Richard III was a man of 'wit and courage, but malicious, wrathful, envious & froward (sic)'| Sir Thomas More on Richard Crookback, in 1557
- The Eagle of the Ninth BBC Radio in 1957 | Rosemary Sutcliff Discovery of the Day
the guardian newspaper in praise of rosemary sutcliff
Rosemary Sutcliff's 1954 children's classic The Eagle of the Ninth (still in print more than 50 years on) is the first of a series of novels in which Sutcliff, who died in 1992, explored the cultural borderlands between the Roman and the British worlds – "a place where two worlds met without mingling" as she describes the British town to which Marcus, the novel's central character, is posted.
Marcus is a typical Sutcliff hero, a dutiful Roman who is increasingly drawn to the British world of "other scents and sights and sounds; pale and changeful northern skies and the green plover calling". This existential cultural conflict gets even stronger in later books like The Lantern Bearers and Dawn Wind, set after the fall of Rome, and has modern resonance. But Sutcliff was not just a one-trick writer.
The range of her novels spans from the Bronze Age and Norman England to the Napoleonic wars. Two of her best, The Rider of the White Horse and Simon, are set in the 17th century and are marked by Sutcliff's unusually sympathetic (for English historical novelists of her era) treatment of Cromwell and the parliamentary cause. Sutcliff's finest books find liberal-minded members of elites wrestling with uncomfortable epochal changes. From Marcus Aquila to Simon Carey, one senses, they might even have been Guardian readers.