Nuns, monks and friars in the historical fiction and children’s books of Rosemary Sutcliff

Stimulated by an article in The Guardian which recalled Rahere in The Witch’s Brat, I am trying to track down all the nuns, monks and friars in the historical novels and children’s books by Rosemary Sutcliff. Commenters at the Facebook page on Rosemary Sutcliff associated with this blog are helping … can you (if you have not already!)?

Monks, friars and nuns in Rosemary Sutcliff's books

Author: Anthony Lawton

Chair, Sussex Dolphin, family company which looks after the work of eminent children’s & historical fiction author Rosemary Sutcliff (1920-92). Formerly CEO, chair & trustee of various charity, cultural & educational enterprises in UK.

2 thoughts on “Nuns, monks and friars in the historical fiction and children’s books of Rosemary Sutcliff”

  1. I just had a look at my copy of “Sword at Sunse”t, and see that the Eburacum nunnery was known as the House of the Holy Ladies. Some of the nuns are named but the head of the nunnery is just referred to as Mother Abbess.

    Lindum (not Lindin) monastery is the one where Artos had his run-in, and took away not only stores, but the novice,Gwalchmai.


  2. Various figures related to the Church appear here and there in “Sword at Sunset”. I don’t know if I can remember them all, but here are some.

    Artos leaves Guenhumara at a nunnery in Eburacum for safety one summer while he is on campaign, and the chief nun is a memorable character.

    Artos himself has a prickly relationship with the Church – he is crowned (reluctantly) by Bishop Dubricius and at one stage has a run-in with the abbot of a monastery when he helps himself to some of the monastery’s stores while on campaign.

    Gwalchmai, a crippled novice from Lindin monastery, becomes Artos’ chief physician.

    Artos dies in a monastery on the Island of Apples (Avalon) .


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