Rosemary Sutcliff inspired and influenced | Author Ben Kane

Hardback cover of Ben Kane's The Silver EagleBen Kane, himself now an acclaimed author of Roman novels, has posted on his own website an homage to Rosemary Sutcliff which concludes:

I wasn’t made aware of quite how deep The Eagle of the Ninth had sent roots into my mind until, at the age of 31 and more than twenty years after I’d read the book, I first set my eyes on the incredible structure that is Hadrian’s Wall. Seeing the wall silhouetted along the skyline sent an electric shock down my spine. Almost at the same time, my love of Rome was rekindled, and I decided on the spot to write a novel about Roman soldiers serving on the wall. While that novel didn’t quite make the cut, my next one did. Since then I haven’t stopped writing, or spreading the word about the wonderfully written masterpiece that is The Eagle of the Ninth.
Source: A homage to Rosemary Sutcliff – Ben Kane.

Curiously, I notice that Ben Kane was, like myself, born in Kenya …. Of much more significance is that his novel The Silver Eagle was named also in homage to Rosemary, referring to both The Eagle of the Ninth and to The Silver Branch.

2 thoughts on “Rosemary Sutcliff inspired and influenced | Author Ben Kane

  1. Hi Anthony
    I popped over here to let you know about my article, but you’d already beaten me to it! The piece was first posted on, a website that promotes military writing of any kind. I’ve also reviewed there The Eagle of the Ninth, and The Silver Branch. A review of The Lantern Bearers will be up by the end of the week too. All to do with the film being out in the States, and trying to raise awareness of Rosemary’s books.
    Best wishes


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