Rosemary Sutcliff history novel Sword at Sunset | Legend of King Arthur superbly retold

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Source: Edmonton Journal – Nov 15, 1963

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  1. An excellent review! By the way, a little over a year ago, when I was still at uni and had access to my uni’s online research resources, I found an article on Sutcliff that I saved in pdf form. It’s by Miriam Youngerman Miller and is titled “‘The Rhythm of a Tongue’: Literary Dialect in
    Rosemary Sutcliff’s Novels of the Middle Ages for Children.” A very good article, really. As the title suggests, it examines several books in which Sutcliff honed the specific speaking voices of her historical characters so they wouldn’t sound too modern or too falsely archaic. Certainly by The Lantern Bearers I think she mastered that. It’s always been one of the areas I’ve admired her most. Out of the authors I’ve read, only she and J.R.R. Tolkien have written dialogue for medieval characters that sounded right!

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