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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The stories of Finn Mac Cool belong…not to Epic, but to Folklore and Fairytale; and only here and there … something of the Hero Tale remains.
… The stories of the Fianna are full of loose ends and contradictions, and unexplained wisps of strangeness that seem to have drifted in for no especial reason except that they are curious or beautiful and happened to be floating by.
They are stories made simply for the delight of story-making, and I have retold them in the same spirit – even adding a flicker or a flourish of my own from time to time – as everyone who has retold them in the past thousand years or so has done before me.
Source: Author’s Note to The High Deeds of Finn MacCool
The widely read and acclaimedThe Eagle of the Ninth, published in 1954, still in print, is just one of some sixty books by Rosemary Sutcliff. This list has every book by Rosemary Sutcliff — author, historical novelist and children’s writer. For a short biography of Rosemary Sutcliff see Life tab.
Eagle of the Ninth and similar
The Eagle of the Ninth (1954) illustrated by C. Walter Hodges The Silver Branch (1957) illustrated by Charles Keeping The Lantern Bearers (1959) illustrated by Charles Keeping The Capricorn Bracelet (1973) illustrated by Charles Keeping Both Three Legions (1980) and The Eagle of the Ninth Chronicles (2010) are omnibus editions containing the first three books The Eagle of the Ninth Collection Boxed Set (2012) is also an omnibus edition of the first three books.
Camelot or King Arthur novels
Sword at Sunset (1963) The Sword and the Circle (1979) The Light Beyond the Forest (1979) The Road to Camlann (1981) The King Arthur Trilogy (1999) is an omnibus of The Sword and the Circle, The Light Beyond the Forest, and The Road to Camlann
Other children’s and young adult novels
Chronicles of Robin Hood (1950) The Queen Elizabeth Story (1950) illustrated by C. Walter Hodges The Armourer’s House (1951) Brother Dustyfeet (1952) Simon (1953) illustrated by C. Walter Hodges Outcast (1955) illustrated by Richard Kennedy The Shield Ring (1956) Warrior Scarlet (1957) illustrated by Charles Keeping Lady in Waiting (1957) Knight’s Fee (1960) illustrated by Charles Keeping The Bridge Builders (1959) Dawn Wind (1961) illustrated by Charles Keeping Beowulf (1961) illustrated by Charles Keeping (also published as Dragon Slayer) The Hound of Ulster (1963) illustrated by Victor Ambrus The Mark of the Horse Lord (1965) illustrated by Charles Keeping The Flowers of Adonis (1965) A Saxon Settler (1965) The Chief’s Daughter (1967) The High Deeds of Finn MacCool (1967) A Circlet of Oak Leaves (1968) The Witch’s Brat (1970) Tristan and Iseult (1971) The Truce of the Games (1971) Heather, Oak, and Olive (1972) is omnibus of three titles The Chief”s Daughter, A Circlet of Oak Leaves, and A Crown of Wild Olive (originally published as The Truce of the Games) The Capricorn Bracelet (1973) The Changeling (1974) illustrated by Victor Ambrus We Lived in Drumfyvie (1975) with Margaret Lyford-Pike Blood Feud (1976) illustrated by Charles Keeping Sun Horse, Moon Horse (1977) Shifting Sands (1977) Song for a Dark Queen (1978) Frontier Wolf (1980) Eagle’s Egg (1981) Bonnie Dundee (1983) Flame-Coloured Taffeta (1986) illustrated by Rachel Birkett The Roundabout Horse (1986) A Little Dog Like You (1987) illustrated by Jane Johnson The Best of Rosemary Sutcliff (1987) is an omnibus edition of Warrior Scarlet, The Mark of the Horse Lord and Knight’s Fee Little Hound Found (1989) The Shining Company (1990) The Minstrel and the Dragon Pup (1993) illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark. Black Ships Before Troy (1993) illustrated by Alan Lee Chess-dream in the Garden (1993) illustrated by Ralph Thompson The Wanderings of Odysseus (1995) illustrated by Alan Lee Sword Song (1997)
Novels for adults
Lady in Waiting (1957) The Rider of the White Horse (1959) Sword at Sunset (1963) The Flowers of Adonis (1969) Blood and Sand (1987)
Rudyard Kipling — A Monograph (1960) Houses and History (1960) Heroes and History (1965) illustrated by Charles Keeping Arthur Ransome, Rudyard Kipling and Walter De La Mare (1968) (with Leonard Clark and Hugh Shelley) reproduces the Rudyard Kipling mongraph—above Is Anyone There? (1978) (with Monica Dickens) Blue Remembered Hills (1983) — A memoir, her autobiography, or ‘recollection’ as she called it
Aquila is the young commander of a troop of cavalry who realises that his strongest loyalty is to his native Britain rather than to the legions and a distant empire he has never seen, in The Eagle of the Ninth (1954).
Marcus Flavius Aquila follows in the steps of his disgraced father to join the Roman army, but in his first battle in England he is seriously injured and forced to leave—he sets out to the North to recover the lost Eagle of the Ninth legion (his father’s legion) in The Eagle of the Ninth (1954).
Mordred is a knight who plots against his father, King Arthur, to bring down Arthur’s court and The Round Table in The Road to Camlann (1981).
Nessan is the daughter of a clan chief, who has to deal with her fear of being offered as a sacrifice to the Black Mother inThe Chief’s Daughter (1967)
Perdita from the English county of Devonshire, lives with her her father the rector in the quiet Broomhill village where she nearly always finds fairies or Pharisees and sees Queen Elizabeth, inThe Queen Elizabeth Story (1950).
Prosper becomes second shield-bearer to Prince Gorthyn in the Companions, a 300 strong anti-Saxon-invasion fighting 7th Century brotherhood inThe Shining Company (1990).
Randall is a young, ill-treated dog-boy who is wagered and won in a game of chess between a lord and a minstrel in Knight’s Fee (1960).
Red Phaedrus isan enslaved gladiator in northern Britain in the first century; he earns his freedom, and accepts an offer to impersonate the missing Midir, son of a king of a Gaelic Kingdom, which gets him more than he bargained for inThe Mark of the Horse Lord (1965).
Tamsyn is a girl from Devon who has to grow up with her uncle—a famous armourer—and his family in London, dashing her hopes of setting sail with her seafaring uncle, in The Armourer’s House (1951).
Tethra is the seventh-born child of the Chieftain of the Epidii in The Changeling (1974).
The Minstrel is a down-at-heel minstrel who finds a beautiful egg on the seashore, uses his harp-music to help the dragon-pup hatch—a pup which he then loses to a thief but retrieves, and together they cure the king’s son, in The Minstrel and the Dragon Pup (1993).
Thomas Keith is an apprentice gunsmith from Edinburgh who becomes a young soldier in the Napoleonic wars inBlood and Sand (1987).
Here is list of all the 36 Rosemary Sutcliff titles that I think are available new in printed editions in or from the UK. (The original year of publication in the UK is in brackets). These involve 36 different ‘stories’: The Arthurian Trilogy combines three separate titles that are also available separately; and Eagle’s Honour combines two stories which were originally published separately, but are now not separately available.
Is it accurate? Do tell me what should or should not be there, in your view, with evidence! Please also share with others you think know or might be interested – especially those booksellers out there!
Also, I have a question: if I decide to link books mentioned on this list with an appropriate online bookseller, what should I use? I am not minded to help UK-tax-avoiding Amazon, although I do use it myself at times ….
BEOWULF: DRAGON SLAYER (1961), Random House
BLACK SHIPS BEFORE TROY (1993), Frances Lincoln
BLOOD FEUD (1976), Random House (Print on Demand – PoD)
BLUE REMEMBERED HILLS (1983), Slightly Foxed
BONNIE DUNDEE (1983), Random House (PoD)
BROTHER DUSTY-FEET (1952), Random House
CAPRICORN BRACELET (1973), Random House
DAWN WIND (1961), OUP
EAGLE’S HONOUR (1995) (Contains A Circlet of Oak Leaves, and Eagle’s Egg), Random House
FLAME-COLOURED TAFFETA (1986), Random House
FRONTIER WOLF (1980), Random House (PoD)
KNIGHT’S FEE (1960), Random House
OUTCAST (1955), OUP
SIMON (1953), Random House (PoD)
SONG FOR A DARK QUEEN (1978), Random House (PoD)
SUN HORSE, MOON HORSE (1977), Random House
SWORD AT SUNSET (1963), Atlantic Books
SWORD SONG (1997), Random House
THE ARMOURER’S HOUSE (1951), Random House
THE ARTHUR TRILOGY (Binding together 25, 28, 31), Random House
THE CHRONICLES OF ROBIN HOOD (1950), Random House (PoD)
THE EAGLE OF THE NINTH (1954), OUP
THE HIGH DEEDS OF FINN MACCOOL (1967), Random House
THE HOUND OF ULSTER (1963), Random House
THE LANTERN BEARERS (1959), OUP
THE LIGHT BEYOND THE FOREST (1979), Random House
THE MARK OF THE HORSE LORD (1965), Random House
THE MINSTREL AND THE DRAGON PUP (1993), Walker Books
THE ROAD TO CAMLAAN (1981, Random House
THE SHINING COMPANY (1990), Random House
THE SILVER BRANCH (1957), OUP
THE SWORD AND THE CIRCLE (1979) , Random House
THE WANDERINGS OF ODYSSEUS (1995), Frances Lincoln