Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Capricorn Bracelet” as Want to Read:
The Capricorn Bracelet
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Capricorn Bracelet

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  81 ratings  ·  12 reviews
From the fall of Londinium to the building of Hadrian's Wall, and the final departure of the Romans from Britain ...Rosemary Sutcliff's absorbing collection of stories, set at the time of the Roman occupation of Britain, follows the fortunes of a family over three hundred years. All soldiers, they are linked by the Capricorn bracelet, first worn by the centurion Lucius for ...more
Hardcover, 133 pages
Published January 2nd 1973 by Henry Z Walck (first published 1973)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Capricorn Bracelet, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Capricorn Bracelet

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 177)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Rebecca Radnor
Sutcliff essentially doing in short story what she has done with some of her books, create a family with some sort of family talisman that is passed from generation to generation, and via the family members who now possess the item, tell the tale of Britain in that time. In this case, the talisman is a Roman Legionnaire's silver bracelet for meritorious conduct, which rather than being buried with him is passed to his son. The period covered begins with the generation that won the bracelet, and ...more
I loved Rosemary Sutcliff's historical fiction, when I was younger. I read two copies of The Eagle of the Ninth to pieces. This book is also about Roman Britain, although it's more focused on the area around the wall, and is also less about big epic deeds, and more about ordinary people -- focusing on a single family through a period of a couple of hundred years. There's less excitement, I suppose, but there are fascinating little details about how Sutcliff imagines life to have been then -- rea ...more
A fairly simple selection of short stories, snapshots of different points in the history of Roman Britain through the eyes of various members of one family. There isn't the same depth and involvement as Sutcliff's full novels, but her mastery of atmosphere more than compensates, providing a vivid glimpse into a long-lost era, and most of the themes and motifs common in her work can be found here. And of course her writing is as poignant and elegiac as ever: by the end, I had a definite lump in m ...more
Hazel West
A wonderful collection of short stories, each one just as good as the others. I'm always a fan of family sagas, and this one is a good short family saga with the connection of the Capricorn Bracelet through the centuries with, of course, Rosemary's usual wonderful writing style to enjoy. Good bits of family story along with military adventure. I'm hard pressed to pick my favorite story, but I think it lands between the one about the Dacian riders and the Frontier Scout one (because I love the Wo ...more
Jun 21, 2011 SA rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
It's evident that this started as a radio play, but Sutcliff's skill doesn't suffer for the first person. I think, as it was designed to be read aloud rather than read in a book, that is probably how it really shined but even so I was engrossed through the passage of time. She is very capable at showing (rather than telling) how four hundred years or less completely changed Britain.

Maureen E
Sutcliff fans probably remember the ring with the flawed emerald and dolphin from Lantern Bearers, Silver Branch, etc. Here she traces a similar history, except that the family heirloom is a bracelet with a capricorn device and the family is located around Hadrian’s wall. I would have liked a little more story on several of these, but they were nicely done. [Jan. 2010]
This is a compilation of short stories. The uniting factor is a Capricorn bracelet that gets handed down through the generations. It's an interesting read, since history folds down into each new story.

It's written by Rosemary Sutcliff, so you know it's got something going for it. :)
Leah Francis
An interesting, short little book that gave me a brief overview of Britain under Rome's control. I didn't know anything about that time period, so I had to look up some of the places and people, but I learned a lot. It's also well written and very enjoyable!
Aug 06, 2011 Iset marked it as to-re-read
One of the few books I enjoyed from the primary school library when I was child. Long overdue a re-read. Must come back to this sometime soon.
A series of short stories-written for radio-linked by the theme of a Roman Capricorn bracelet
a wonderful book. See my deatiled review on

A nice story of friendship and loyalty
Beiza added it
Nov 20, 2015
Nithesh Satchi
Nithesh Satchi marked it as to-read
Nov 01, 2015
Kailie marked it as to-read
Sep 26, 2015
Mary marked it as to-read
Sep 18, 2015
Kathryn Brown
Kathryn Brown marked it as to-read
Jul 26, 2015
Barbara marked it as to-read
Sep 26, 2015
ambyr added it
Jul 18, 2015
Lucia K. Dale
Lucia K. Dale marked it as to-read
Jul 14, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
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 fa
More about Rosemary Sutcliff...

Share This Book