Anne wrote long ago at the ‘Write!” tab above about the song The Girl I Kissed At Clusium which features in Rosemary Sutcliff’s historical novel The Eagle of the Ninth. (The tab is for the many readers and visitors here who are vastly more insightful and knowledgeable about Rosemary Sutcliff than I, and might have something to say which others would read with interest ). (more…)
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Posted in Novels, Stories & Books, Outcast, Sword Song, The Eagle of the Ninth, The Lantern Bearers, The Shining Company, The Silver Branch, Tristan and Iseult, Warrior Scarlet, tagged books, children's literature on June 3, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Publishers Farrar, Straus and Giroux produced a teachers’ and readers’ guide about the books of Rosemary Sutcliff (that they pubished!). It is undated, covering ” the award-winning trilogy set in Roman Britain as well as Outcast, The Shining Company, Sword Song, Tristan and Iseult, and Warrior Scarlet”. The historical novels of Rosemary Sutcliff, it says: (more…)
Posted in Autobiography & Biography, Criticism, Reviews, Research, Awards, Frontier Wolf, Song for a Dark Queen, The Eagle of the Ninth, The Shining Company, Warrior Scarlet, tagged books, children's literature on May 28, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Rosemary Sutcliff was the subject of a fascinating, insightful article (‘Of The Minstrel Kind’) in the children’s literature magazine Books for Keeps. First published only in print form, it has for some time been reproduced online.
Margaret Meak was paying tribute to a seventy-year-old Rosemary.
I met Rosemary Sutcliff for the first time thirty years ago in a London hospital where she was recovering from an operation. (more…)
This is news to me, although it is probably originally in her memoir Blue Remembered Hills: the name Esca for the slave in Rosemary Sutcliff’s The Eagle of the Ninth comes from Victorian novelist Whyte-Melville’s The Gladiators. Rosemary’s mother used to read her this aloud.
- Source: Talcroft, B. L. (1995). Death of the corn king: King and goddess in Rosemary Sutcliff’s historical fiction for young adults. Metuchen, N.J: Scarecrow Press.
Can you recommend historical fiction for children and teenagers which isn’t about the world wars? | Recommendations from Julia Eccleshare include Rosemary Sutcliff
Posted in Criticism, Reviews, Research, Awards, Dawn Wind, The Eagle of the Ninth, The Queen Elizabeth Story, Warrior Scarlet, tagged children's books, children's literature, education, historical fiction, History, young adult fiction on April 7, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Julia Eccleshare, expert on children’s and young adult’s fiction and literature (and Book Doctor at The Guardian), recently wrote a piece for theguardian.com with recommendations for historical fiction for children and teenagers which is not about the world wars. Of Rosemary Sutcliff she said:
In her many novels, Rosemary Sutcliff charted the making of Britain from the simple living of the upland shepherds of the Bronze Age in Warrior Scarlet to Elizabethan England in The Queen Elizabeth Story. She concentrated particularly on Roman Britain reflecting the many attitudes and experiences around the coming together of different cultures as the Romans and the indigenous population learned to live together and to blend their two very different ways of life.
In a loose series of titles which includes The Eagle of the Ninth and Dawn Wind Rosemary Sutcliff writes of Romano-British occupation and skirmish but she also details the home life of both sides describing the cooking, weaving and celebrations of the British tribes and the more advanced home comforts of the Roman invaders such as the installation of central heating in their villas.
- Source: Can you recommend historical fiction for children and teenagers which isn’t about the world wars?
- Full listing of Rosemary Sutcliff’s titles
Rosemary Sutcliff imagined the story behind the magical White Horse of Uffington for her 1977 children’s book (historical fiction) Sun Horse, Moon Horse. It involved the Epidi (meaning “Horse People”), a tribe that had also appeared in her earlier 1954 novel The Eagle of the Ninth. In the author’s note to the original publication she wrote:
If any of you who have read it have also followed the adventures of Marcus and Esca in The Eagle of the Ninth, and think that Lubrin’s people are not very like the Epidi who they found when they went north to rescue the eagle of the lost legion, I can only say that when I wrote that story, I had not read (T. C. Letherbridge’s bokk) Witches. And if I had, I would have made them a slightly different people. Though, of course, they might have changed quite a lot in more than two hundred years.
Earlier she explained the origins of her story, in a book by T. C. Letherbridge and an unusually old White Horse: