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Rosemary Sutcliff - Author

About the Author

Rosemary Sutcliff was born in Surrey, the daughter of a naval officer. At the age of two she contracted the progressively wasting Still's disease, and hence spent most of her life in a wheelchair. Although an avid reader, Rosemary made little progress with formal studies.

She left school at the age of fourteen to attend art school in Bideford, where she specialized in miniature painting. Her first children's book was published in 1950, and from then on she devoted her time and talents to the writing of children's historical novels, which have placed her name high in the field of contemporary children's literature.

Many of her books are set in Roman Britain, a period which particularly interested her. The second in The Eagle of the Ninth trilogy, The Lantern Bearers, was awarded the 1959 Carnegie Medal.

In her lifetime, Rosemary Sutcliff was awarded the OBE and the CBE. Sadly, she died in 1992 at the age of 72.

Featured books by Rosemary Sutcliff

Other books by Rosemary Sutcliff

Tristans Liebe

Tristans Liebe

Author: Rosemary Sutcliff Format: eBook Release Date: 07/07/2017

Tristan hatte Isolde nicht lieben durfen und Isolde nicht Tristan, denn sie war von Konig Marke auserwahlt. Nur deshalb, so vermutet Rosemary Sutcliff, fugten die hofisch-mittelalterlichen Erzahler das Motiv des von beiden versehentlich genossenen Liebestranks ein. Sie greift auf das alte - wilde, dunklere - keltische Original zuruck und erzahlt in wunderbarer Weise, wie sich die tiefe Liebe zwischen der irischen Konigstochter Yseult und dem kornischen Helden Tristan entwickelt.

Black Ships Before Troy

Black Ships Before Troy

Author: Rosemary Sutcliff Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/05/2017

Frances Lincoln is proud to reintroduce the Greenaway award-winning Black Ships Before Troy. Here is Homer's epic poem The Iliad, brought to life by Rosemary Sutcliff with all the skill of a master storyteller. Alan Lee's dramatic cover image hauntingly recreates the age of heroes in this introduction to the Greek classics--a book that should become part of every childhood.

Beowulf, Dragonslayer

Beowulf, Dragonslayer

Author: Rosemary Sutcliff Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2016

In this thrilling re-telling of the Anglo-Saxon legend, Beowulf, the renowned children's historical fiction writer Rosemary Sutcliff recounts Beowulf's most terrifying quests: against Grendel the man-wolf, against the hideous sea-hag and, most courageous of all - his fight to the death with the monstrous fire-drake.

The Eagle of the Ninth

The Eagle of the Ninth

Author: Rosemary Sutcliff Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/09/2015

The Everyman edition reprints the classic black and white illustrations of C. Walter Hodges which accompanied the first edition in 1954. Around the year 117 AD, the Ninth Legion, stationed at Eburacum - modern day York - marched north to suppress a rebellion of the Caledonian tribes, and was never heard of again. During the 1860s, a wingless Roman Eagle was discovered during excavations at the village of Silchester in Hampshire, puzzling archaeologists and scholars alike. Rosemary Sutcliff weaves a compelling story from these two mysteries, dispatching her hero, the young Roman officer Marcus Aquila, on a perilous journey beyond Hadrian's Wall to find out what happened to the discredited legion in which his father served, and to salvage, if he can, its Eagle and its honour. All the essential elements of a classic adventure are here - the daring quest, the uncovering of the secrets of the past, and a nerve-racking escape across the mountains, pursued by vengeful tribesmen. But it is the human element which triumphs, and one of the most memorable scenes in the book is Marcus appealing to a crowd baying for blood to save a young British gladiator from certain death during the Saturnalia Games. Proud son of a Brigantian chieftain, Esca becomes his slave, then his freedman, and the indispensable companion of his travels. The Eagle of the Ninth is partly the story of their growing friendship, crossing the divide created by conquest and colonialism; and partly Marcus's journey of self-discovery as he learns of his father's fate and comes to terms with the end of his own military career. At the end he embraces a different, more hopeful future - not in Rome but 'under the pale and changeful northern skies' - acquiring a farm in the Downs, and marrying the girl next door. The Eagle of the Ninth has all its author's hallmark qualities - a mature and complex story, a wealth of historical detail, cultural sensitivity, wit and compassion. Above all, Sutcliff is able to conjure up the atmosphere of a distant age in a totally convincing way. It is hardly surprising that her work would set the standard for all historical fiction to come.

The Sword and the Circle

The Sword and the Circle

Author: Rosemary Sutcliff Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2015

Rooted in folklore, medieval ideals of chivalry, and the last gallant struggles of the British against the Saxon invaders, the legends of King Arthur have been told in song and story since the middle ages. The Sword and the Circle by Rosemary Sutcliff tells of the birth of Arthur, the gift of Excalibur, the forming of the Round Table and the first noble quests of its knights until the arrival of Percival . . .

Sword at Sunset

Sword at Sunset

Author: Rosemary Sutcliff Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2014

For fourteen centuries the story of Arthur was a legend, misted over by the tradition of romantic hero-tales. But Arthur was real - a man of towering strength, a dreamer and a warrior who actually lived, fought and died for his impossible dream. In Sutcliff's now legendary retelling, King Arthur is brought passionately to life. This brilliant reconception of the Arthurian epic cuts through the familiar myths and tells the story of the real King Arthur: Artos the Bear, the mighty warrior-king who saved the last lights of Western civilization when the barbarian darkness descended in the fifth century. Artos here comes alive: bold and forceful in battle, warm and generous in friendship, tough in politics, shrewd in the strategy of war - and tender and tragically tormented in love. Out of the braiding of ancient legend, fresh research, soaring imagination and hypnotic narrative skill comes a novel that has richly earned its reputation as a classic.

Oxford Children's Heritage Collection

Oxford Children's Heritage Collection

Author: Rosemary Sutcliff, Ronald Welch, B.B Format: eBook Release Date: 03/07/2014

This great value bundle of eBooks contains three timeless classics from renowned Carnegie Medal-winning authors Rosemary Sutcliff, Ronald Welch, and BB. The titles in the bundle are 'Dawn Wind' by Rosemary Sutcliff, 'Knight Crusader' by Ronald Welch, and 'The Little Grey Men' by BB.

Warrior Scarlet

Warrior Scarlet

Author: Rosemary Sutcliff Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/06/2014

Drem longs for the day he will win his Warrior Scarlet. But with a withered spear arm, how will he take part in the ritual Wolf Slaying which will prove his worth as a man of the tribe? With over forty books to her credit, Rosemary Sutcliff is now universally considered one of the finest writers of historical novels for children. Winer of the Carnegie Medal and many other honours, Rosemary was awarded a CBE in 1992 for services to children's literature.

Tristan And Iseult

Tristan And Iseult

Author: Rosemary Sutcliff Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/04/2014

Rosemary Sutcliff's starkly simple retelling of the uniquely tragic and romantic story of the warrior Tristan and his love for the fair Iseult of Ireland, his uncle's chosen bride.

Song For A Dark Queen

Song For A Dark Queen

Author: Rosemary Sutcliff Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/03/2014

From the day Cadwan fashioned a sword from a willow wand and composed a victory song for his young mistress, Boudicca, he has loyally charted her rise to Queen. Boudicca is the strong and brave leader of the Iceni tribe - courageously guiding her people from one victorious battle to her next. Then Emperor Nero rules that the royal line of the Iceni is to be ended, and Boudicca knows this is one battle she cannot afford to lose . . .

Simon

Simon

Author: Rosemary Sutcliff Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/03/2014

It had never seemed important during their boyhood that Simon Carey was for Parliament and his friend Amias Hannaford a royalist. But when Civil War breaks out, they find themselves fighting on different sides. Finally the day comes when the friends must put their friendship to the test.

Blood Feud

Blood Feud

Author: Rosemary Sutcliff Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/01/2014

Jestyn the Englishman had once been Thormod the Viking's slave, but after saving Thormod's life he became his shoulder to shoulder man and sworn brother in the deadly blood feud to avenge Thormod's murdered father, a feud that would take them all the way to Constantinople.

The Mark of the Horse Lord

The Mark of the Horse Lord

Author: Rosemary Sutcliff Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2014

'Take my place, Phaedrus, and with it, take my vengeance . . .' Phaedrus the gladiator wins his freedom after years of bloody battles in the arena. Soon he finds himself riding north towards the wilds of Caledonia on a strange mission. He is to assume the identity of Midir, Lord of the Horse People, to seek vengeance against the treacherous Liadhan, who has usurped the throne. Ahead of him lies more adventure and more danger than he had ever known in the arena . . .

Knight's Fee

Knight's Fee

Author: Rosemary Sutcliff Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/12/2013

Randall is an unloved and unwanted orphan kennel boy at Arundel Castle. And then, one fateful day, he upsets the new Lord's mettlesome horse. Against the violent and turbulent backdrop of Norman England, Sutcliff tells the moving story of a young boy who is wagered and won in a game of chess between a lord and a minstrel...

Frontier Wolf

Frontier Wolf

Author: Rosemary Sutcliff Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/12/2013

'We are the scum and the scrapings of the Empire. They tipped out the garbage-bin of the Eagles to make us what we are.' In disgrace after a mistake that cost the lives of half his men, Alexios arrives in Castellum. It's his first command, but it isn't really a promotion. The Frontier Wolves who man this outpost in the far north of Roman Britain are a fierce and savage bunch, a far cry from the regular legions he'd served in before. Alexios will only survive if he learns to understand them and win their respect - and he's determined to try.

Flame-Coloured Taffeta

Flame-Coloured Taffeta

Author: Rosemary Sutcliff Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2013

Damaris Crocker had not lived her twelve years in smuggling country without knowing when a Run was planned. This night smugglers would bring more than just the usual contraband of brandy and lace. They would bring adventure, romance and danger in the form of a mysterious, wounded, young man . . . With over forty books to her credit, Rosemary Sutcliff is now universally acknowledged one of the finest writers of historical novels for children. Winner of the Carnegie Medal and many other honours, Rosemary was awarded the CBE in 1992 for services to children's literature.