Physicist science fiction fan recommends Rosemary Sutcliff books

Today, courtesy of a Google Alert,  I came across an old discussion thread, ‘Is there a war between Science Fiction and Historical Fiction’ , where a physicist who reads Rosemary Sutcliff recommends several of Rosemary’s books.  Although he did spell her name wrong – with an E, a regular moan of this blog, Stephen Harker wrote:

Rosemary Sutcliffe’s (sic)  Sword at Sunset and  Rider on the White Horse are well worth reading.  A lot of her historical fiction was pitched towards children and adolescents.  However, I have found them worth re-reading as an adult, for example:  The Eagle of the Ninth,  The  Silver Branch and  The Lantern Bearers which have some connection with  Sword at Sunset.

Review of Rosemary Sutcliff’s bestselling adult arthurian historical novel Sword at Sunset

From The Bookbanter Blog a 2008 reviewof the Rosemary Sutcliff book, a best-selling historical novel for adults, Sword at Sunset which is about King Arthur. It is one of several books by Rosemary Sutcliff  about Arthur.

Sutcliff’s early medieval world is not as ‘dark age’ as normally depicted in fiction, but thriving with trade and societal infrastructure across Europe still seemingly intact.  Artos the Bear spends the beginning of the book traveling to southern France where he looks to purchase strong breeds of horses to bring back to Britain to create a strong cavalry force to fight against the invading Anglo Saxons and maintain the British control and rule.