For award-winning, internationally-acclaimed author Rosemary Sutcliff (1920-92). By Anthony Lawton: godson, cousin & literary executor. Rosemary Sutcliff wrote historical fiction, children's literature and books, films, TV & radio, including The Eagle of the Ninth, Sword at Sunset, Song for a Dark Queen, The Mark of the Horse Lord, The Silver Branch, The Lantern Bearers, Dawn Wind, Blue Remembered Hills.
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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!