Rosemary Sutcliff’s Beowulf story, also Beowulf Dragonslayer

Only Beowulf, foremost among warriors has the courage and strength to fight Grendel the man-wolf. Beowulf feels obliged  to help the Danish king Hroðgar, who himself helped Beowulf’s father pay weregild. He has a series of terrifying quests against Grendel and Grendel’s mother, the hideous sea-hag;  and with the help of Wiglaf fights to the death with the monstrous fire-drake (dragon).

Rosemary Sutcliff appreciated by one of her editors

Led there by the excellent appreciative but disappeared bluerememberedhills.blogspot.com I found this posted in 2003 to an ancient history website (which I also cannot find now) about Rosemary Sutcliff.

 I knew Rosemary as a friend and, briefly, as her editor…most of her best writing was done in the 50s and 60s, beginning with The Eagle of the Ninth and ending with The Mark of the Horse Lord, which is my own favourite. What she really wanted to do, however, was to write romantic novels full of sex, but here her experience, and imagination, let her down. She was crippled by Still’s disease, contracted as a child – She had no movement in her legs, and hands whose work (including writing and miniature painting) was done with just a forefinger and a tiny, rudimentary thumb. Continue reading “Rosemary Sutcliff appreciated by one of her editors”

OUP cannot spell Sutcliff name – no ‘E’

Oxford University Press: UK General Catalogue
To my despair I discover today that even Rosemary’s first publisher cannot spell her name right – here in a ‘book box’ for schools. What sort of example is that? They presumably are responsible also for the standard ISBN records for this, which also get the spelling wrong. I shall be contacting them via our agents.

Scottish essay competition winner on The Eagle of the Ninth

Scottish schools essay competition 2004-2005 winning essays
The winning essay in a school’s essay competition in Scotland a couple of years back was about Rosemary Sutcliffe (sic) – Rosemary’s name spelt wrong but that happily on this occasion did not trouble the University judges!