VIIII not IX was ancient way of writing for The Ninth Legion

I was fascinated to learn from a comment on a post yesterday that the use of ‘IX’ to write nine as in ninth legion is a “modernism”, and that the ancient use of the number would have been VIIII . Rosemary (Sutcliff) would have known this, but I did not!

Rosemary Sutcliff, Karen Cushman want life in the bones of history via books | Sutcliff Discovery of the Day

Rosemary Sutcliff and Karen Cushman are ‘moved to write historical fiction’ for the same reason

I write historical fiction because those are the stories that take me over. Rosemary Sutcliff, writer of gorgeous historical novels for young people, said, ‘Historians and teachers, you and your kind can produce the bare bones; I and my kind breathe life into them.’ That’s what I’m interested in — the life in those bones.

Source: Bildungsroman blog interview

Rosemary Sutcliff on English Civil War children’s book, historical novel Simon 1953

Quote from children’s book writer, historical novelist Rosemary Sutcliff about her English Civil War novel Simon, and historical accuracy.

Rosemary Sutcliff said about the historical accuracy of her children’s book Simon written early in her career in 1953, set in the English Civil War of the 17th century:

“Most history books deal with the final campaign of the civil war in a single paragraph, and the Battle of Torrington they seldom mention at all. In this story I have tried to show what that final campaign in the west was like, and to re-fight the battles fought over my own countryside. Most of the people I’ve written about really lived; Torrington Church really did blow up, with 200 Royalist prisoners and their Parliamentary Guard inside, and no one has ever known how it happened, though Chaplain Joshua Sprigg left it on record that the deed was done by ‘one Watts, a desperate villain’ “.

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