Interestingly, Sutcliff and Goudge corresponded with each other, and Goudge wrote publicity comments to go with both Sword at Sunset and Rider on a White Horse.
To me Rider of the White Horse goes hand-in-hand with Elizabeth Goudge’s ‘White Witch’, another novel of the English Civil War which is also magically evocative. Read More »
Alison Stuart describes herself as a ‘writer, lawyer, traveller, mother, wife and cat person!’ She lives in Melbourne, Australia. Her ‘passion is for the period of the English Civil War’ and she has two published novels set in that era. She has written :
‘Rosemary Sutcliff was probably my biggest influence growing up with her Rider of the White Horse, sending me on a quest to learn all I could about Sir Thomas Fairfax’.
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.