Sad day today December 8th, my birthday, for until 1992 I always spoke with Rosemary Sutcliff: my good fortune and privilege was that she was my godmother (and indeed my first cousin once removed). Her own birthday is coming this week. It is Dec 14th.
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- "The woodpecker left with its life, the weasel just disappeared into the long grass, hungry.” But first ... http://t.co/wErv3bWOME | 37 minutes ago
- "To the spirit of the departed Bodicaca, wife, lived for 27 years.” | British Roman tombstone bbc.in/1Da20Gh http://t.co/hEEEKmFr2B | 20 hours ago
- #TweetoftheDay Troglodytes troglodytes, the Wren, darting mouse-like amongst creviced leaves bbc.in/1c71BLL http://t.co/GyvQDeeIU6 | 20 hours ago
- .@Joannechocolat So, made of dangerous words, books are weapons, as Dr Who knew. http://t.co/AM9yVpE4Gj | 22 hours ago
- “H. brought me a posy of tiny jewel-bright spring flowers” #rosemarysutcliffsdiary records an early March '89 visit. http://t.co/UF1zupQiZU | 22 hours ago
- RT @KimThompson8: RKOB review: The Lantern-Bearers by Rosemary Sutcliff. The Romans in Britain, amazing historical fiction. http://t.co/KcM… | 22 hours ago
- The Lantern Bearers: <A young man loses everything & struggles to find a purpose in life & keep going> wp.me/p1nFQ6-29D @KimThompson8 | 23 hours ago
- <You must stand up for what you believe, but first of all, by God, believe in something> @michaelsheen in fine form theguardian.com/culture/2015/m… | 23 hours ago
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the guardian, 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.