Teachers’ Guide to the historical novels of Rosemary Sutcliff

Publishers Farrar, Straus and Giroux produced a teachers’ and readers’ guide about the books of Rosemary Sutcliff (that they pubished!). It is undated, covering ” the award-winning trilogy set in Roman Britain as well as Outcast, The Shining Company, Sword Song, Tristan and Iseult, and Warrior Scarlet”. The historical novels of Rosemary Sutcliff, it says: Continue reading “Teachers’ Guide to the historical novels of Rosemary Sutcliff”

Rosemary Sutcliff’s orphans Beric, Jestyn, Randall, Hugh not for Katherine Rundell’s top 10 orphans in children’s books

  Rosemary Sutcliff historical and children’s book and novel Blood Feud coverOutcast by Rosemary Sutcliff hardback coverKnight's Fee IllustrationBrother Dusty Feet historical fiction by Rosemary Sutcliff original UK cover

Sadly (and perhaps remissly) Katherine Rundell – winner of the Blue Peter book award 2014 for best story – did not include any of Rosemary Sutcliff’s characters in her recent ’10 of the best orphans’ at The Guardian’s children’s books site. She might have chosen Beric in Outcast, Jestyn in Blood Feud, Randall the dog-boy in Knight’s Fee, Hugh Copplestone in Brother Dusty-Feet. (And what are the  others I have forgotten?).

She chose:

  1. Mowgli, The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  2. Cinderella
  3. Cat Chant, Charmed Life by Diana Wynne Jones
  4. Anne, Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery
  5.  Alex Rider, Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
  6. Harry, Harry Potter by JK Rowling
  7.  Lyra, His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman
  8. Sophie, The BFG by Roald Dahl
  9. Peter, Peter Pan by J M Barrie
  10. The Fossil Sisters, Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield

Source: Katherine Rundell’s Top 10 Orphans

Is Rosemary Sutcliff’s Beric a Briton?

Is Beric a Briton?: the Representation of Cultural Identity in G.A. Henty’s Beric the Briton (1893) and Rosemary Sutcliff’s The Outcast (1955) is an academic article by Rachel Johnson from 2009. (In: Past Continuous: Historical Fiction for Children, Newcastle University. , October 2009, Newcastle University). There is a copy of the article here. The Abstract summarises the thesis:

This article is an investigation into differences in the representation of cultural identity represented in Beric the Britain by G.A. Henty (1893) and The Outcast by Rosemary Sutcliff (1955). G.A. Henty (1824-1902) and Rosemary Sutcliff (1920-1992) both present narratives of Britain under Roman invasion through the character of a young protagonist, initially perceived in both narratives as the product of a British tribal chieftain’s family with a clear cultural identity. Henty wrote in the second half of the nineteenth century at the height of imperial expansion when the sense of English cultural identity was strong. In contrast, Rosemary Sutcliff, writing post-empire, represents a more complex sense of identity. I investigate the mixed cultural identity of Sutcliff’s protagonist against the foundation of the exclusively British cultural identity of Henty’s Beric, thus foregrounding the increasing destabilization of cultural identity demonstrated in these two texts.

Desterrado by Rosemary Sutcliff | Novela historcia | Historical novel | Outcast

Desterrado is the Spanish title of Rosemary Sutcliff’s Outcast, first published in England in 1955

Único superviviente de un naufragio, Beric se crió en un poblado celta, aunque fue desde el principio un forastero. El viejo druida insistió en que llevaba la maldición del mar, y cuando años más tarde la muerte llega al poblado, los dedos acusadores señalan al joven Beric.

Desterrado por su tribu, Beric se queda sin familia ni amigos. Sin casa ni dinero, deberá sobrevivir por sus propios medios en el implacable mundo romano, en el que el peligro y la muerte acechan a cada vuelta del camino.

Desterrado pertenece a la apasionante serie de novelas sobre Britania que escribió la aclamada Rosemary Sutcliff, una de las grandes escritoras del género del siglo XX, y a principios de año nos llegará la primera adaptación cinematográfica de su novela más conocida, El águila de la Novena Legión.

Teachers Guide for Rosemary Sutcliff

Macmillan: Farrar Strauss Giroux, publishers of Rosemary Sutcliff in the USA, have a teacher’s Guide to their Sutcliff books: Teacher’s Guide to Rosemary Sutcliff from Farrar Strauss Giroux.  I live in hope that some teachers find their way to this post and tell me if it is any good! It covers: Continue reading “Teachers Guide for Rosemary Sutcliff”