Rosemary Sutcliff





Rosemary Sutcliff

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born
in West Clandon, Surrey, The United Kingdom
December 14, 1920

died
July 23, 1992

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Rosemary Sutcliff was a British novelist, best known as a writer of highly acclaimed historical fiction. Although primarily a children's author, the quality and depth of her writing also appeals to adults, she herself once commenting that she wrote "for children of all ages from nine to ninety."

Born in West Clandon, Surrey, Sutcliff spent her early youth in Malta and other naval bases where her father was stationed as a naval officer. She contracted Still's Disease when she was very young and was confined to a wheelchair for most of her life. Due to her chronic sickness, she spent the majority of her time with her mother, a tireless storyteller, from whom she learned many of the Celtic and Saxon legends that she would later expand into work...more


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More books by Rosemary Sutcliff…
“I do not think that you can be changing the end of a song or a story like that, as though it were quite separate from the rest. I think the end of a story is part of it from the beginning.”
Rosemary Sutcliff

“You cannot expect the man who made this shield to live easily under the rule of man who worked the sheath of this dagger . . . You are the builders of coursed stone walls, the makers of straight roads and ordered justice and disciplined troops. We know that, we know it all too well. We know that your justice is more sure than ours, and when we rise against you, we see our hosts break against the discipline of your troops, as the sea breaks against a rock. And we do not understand, because all these things are the ordered pattern, and only the free curves of the shield-boss are real to us. We do not understand. And when the time comes that we begin to understand your world, too often we lose the understanding of our own.”
Rosemary Sutcliff, The Eagle Of The Ninth

“Esca tossed the slender papyrus roll onto the cot, and set his own hands over Marcus's. "I have not served the Centurion because I was his slave," he said, dropping unconsciously into the speech of his own people. "I have served Marcus, and it was not slave-service...my stomach will be glad when we start on this hunting trail.”
Rosemary Sutcliff, The Eagle Of The Ninth

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HISTORICAL FICTION POLL "B"
There will be a series of polls to begin putting together a potential reading list for the "historical fiction folder". I have divided the books into groups of 15 books apiece. Make sure to choose your favorite from each poll and make sure to vote in each of these polls so that we can generate a list according to priorities and interests. You will only receive one notification per poll. There will be simultaneous polls so please make sure to vote in each one.

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MASTER AND COMMANDER BY PATRICK O'BRIAN
 
  14 votes, 29.8%

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ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT BY ERICH MARIA REMARQUE
 
  6 votes, 12.8%

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LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI BY MARK TWAIN
 
  5 votes, 10.6%

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THE PERSIAN BOY BY MARY RENAULT
 
  5 votes, 10.6%

The Virtues of War  A Novel of Alexander the Great by Steven PressfieldSteven Pressfield Steven Pressfield

THE VIRTUES OF WAR: A NOVEL OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT BY STEVEN PRESSFIELD
 
  4 votes, 8.5%

Arundel by Kenneth RobertsKenneth Roberts

ARUNDEL BY KENNETH ROBERTS
 
  3 votes, 6.4%

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THE EAGLE AND THE RAVEN BY PAULINE GEDGE
 
  2 votes, 4.3%

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THE AFGHAN CAMPAIGN: A NOVEL BY STEVEN PRESSFIELD
 
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THE BLACK ARROW BY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
 
  2 votes, 4.3%

The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary SutcliffRosemary Sutcliff


THE EAGLE OF THE NINTH BY ROSEMARY SUTCLIFF
 
  1 vote, 2.1%

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EAGLE IN THE SNOW BY WALLACE BREEM
 
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THE LAST OF THE WINE BY MARY RENAULT
 
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KILLING ROMMEL: A NOVEL BY STEVEN PRESSFIELD
 
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FIRE FROM HEAVEN BY MARY RENAULT
 
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