History Creator / RosemarySutcliff

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** Artos, ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; a dozen narrators in ''The Flowers of Adonis''; Dexius in ''Swallows in the Spring''; six generations of Calpurnii in ''The Capricorn Bracelet''; fourteen citizens in ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Jestyn Englishman in ''Blood Feud''; Cadwan and Agricola in ''Song for a Dark Queen''; Quintus in ''Eagle's Egg''; Hugh Herriot in ''Bonnie Dundee''; Prosper in ''The Shining Company''.

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** Artos, ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; a dozen narrators in ''The Flowers of Adonis''; Dexius in ''Swallows in the Spring''; six generations of Calpurnii in ''The Capricorn Bracelet''; fourteen citizens in ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Jestyn Englishman in ''Blood Feud''; Cadwan and Agricola in ''Song for a Dark Queen''; Quintus in ''Eagle's Egg''; Hugh Herriot in ''Bonnie Dundee''; Prosper in ''The Shining Company''.''Literature/TheShiningCompany''.



** CanineCompanion: Esca "the Centurion's hound" in ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Cullen "the Hound of Curoi" in ''[[Literature/TheDolphinRing The Silver Branch]]''; Drem is a "Hound of Dumnorix" in ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Randal the dog-boy in ''Literature/KnightsFee''; ''The Hound of Ulster'', Cú Chulainn; Jestyn Englishman in ''Blood Feud''; Hugh Herriot in ''Bonnie Dundee''; Conn in ''The Shining Company''.

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** CanineCompanion: Esca "the Centurion's hound" in ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Cullen "the Hound of Curoi" in ''[[Literature/TheDolphinRing The Silver Branch]]''; Drem is a "Hound of Dumnorix" in ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Randal the dog-boy in ''Literature/KnightsFee''; ''The Hound of Ulster'', Cú Chulainn; Jestyn Englishman in ''Blood Feud''; Hugh Herriot in ''Bonnie Dundee''; Conn in ''The Shining Company''.''Literature/TheShiningCompany''.



* BasedOnATrueStory: Most of her HistoricalFiction is set in the context of true events. Though her protagonists are usually fictional characters on the ground, they often cross paths with a real HistoricalDomainCharacter.

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* BasedOnATrueStory: Most of her HistoricalFiction is set in the context of true events. Though her protagonists are usually fictional characters on the ground, they often cross paths with a real HistoricalDomainCharacter.



** ''The Shining Company'': the Battle of Catraeth.

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** ''The Shining Company'': ''Literature/TheShiningCompany'': the Battle of Catraeth.



** Acquired physical disabilities: John Carey, ''Literature/{{Simon}}''; Marcus, ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Talore, ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Midir, ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord''; Lucian, ''The Fugitives''; Timotheus, ''The Flowers of Adonis''; Lucius Calpurnius, ''The Capricorn Bracelet''; Rory the Dirk, ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Jestyn Englishman, ''Blood Feud''; Hugh Herriot, ''Bonnie Dundee''; Conn, ''The Shining Company''; Onund Treefoot, ''Sword Song''.

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** Acquired physical disabilities: John Carey, ''Literature/{{Simon}}''; Marcus, ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Talore, ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Midir, ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord''; Lucian, ''The Fugitives''; Timotheus, ''The Flowers of Adonis''; Lucius Calpurnius, ''The Capricorn Bracelet''; Rory the Dirk, ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Jestyn Englishman, ''Blood Feud''; Hugh Herriot, ''Bonnie Dundee''; Conn, ''The Shining Company''; ''Literature/TheShiningCompany''; Onund Treefoot, ''Sword Song''.



* CanineCompanion: Sutcliff HeroesLoveDogs, [[AuthorAppeal as she did]]. Besides most of her protagonists having one, several human characters are [[AnimalMotif explicitly identified with dogs]], and many Celtic characters have names including the word for dog, ''cu''.
** Bran and Peterkin, ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''; Bunch, ''The Armourer's House''; Argos, [[Literature/TheSongOfRoland Roland and Oliver]], ''Brother Dusty-Feet''; Jillot and Joram, ''Literature/{{Simon}}''; Cub, ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Gelert and Canog, ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; Garm, ''The Shield Ring''; Whitethroat, ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Cabal, ''The Lantern Bearers'' and ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Math, ''The Bridge-Builders''; Bran and Gerland, Joyeuse, Matilda, Math and Mathonwy, ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Boatswain, ''Houses and History''; Dog, ''Dawn Wind''; Syrius, ''The Fugitives''; Dexius's hound, ''Swallows in the Spring''; Brindle, ''Blood Feud''; Caspar, ''Bonnie Dundee''; Gelert, ''The Shining Company''; Astrid and Hugin, ''Sword Song''.

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* CanineCompanion: Sutcliff HeroesLoveDogs, [[AuthorAppeal as she did]]. Besides most of her protagonists having one, several human characters are [[AnimalMotif explicitly identified with dogs]], and many Celtic characters have names including the word for dog, ''cu''.
did their author]].
** Bran and Peterkin, ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''; Bunch, ''The Armourer's House''; Argos, [[Literature/TheSongOfRoland Roland and Oliver]], ''Brother Dusty-Feet''; Jillot and Joram, ''Literature/{{Simon}}''; Cub, ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Gelert and Canog, ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; Garm, ''The Shield Ring''; Whitethroat, ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Cabal, ''The Lantern Bearers'' and ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Math, ''The Bridge-Builders''; Bran and Gerland, Joyeuse, Matilda, Math and Mathonwy, ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Boatswain, ''Houses and History''; Dog, ''Dawn Wind''; Syrius, ''The Fugitives''; Dexius's hound, ''Swallows in the Spring''; Brindle, ''Blood Feud''; Caspar, ''Bonnie Dundee''; Gelert, ''The Shining Company''; ''Literature/TheShiningCompany''; Astrid and Hugin, ''Sword Song''.



** ''The Shining Company'' is based on the semi-historical Welsh epic ''Y Gododdin''.

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** ''The Shining Company'' ''Literature/TheShiningCompany'' is based on the semi-historical Welsh epic ''Y Gododdin''.



* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Romance is usually not a prominent element, so if anyone does get together, it's probably two longtime platonic friends, and frequently via LastMinuteHookup.
** Perdita Pettle and Adam Hilyarde in ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''; Tamsyn and Piers Caunter in ''The Armourer's House''; Simon Carey and Susanna Killigrew, and Amias Hannaford and Mouse Carey in ''Literature/{{Simon}}''; Marcus and Cottia, ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Frytha and Bjorn, ''The Shield Ring''; Drem and Blai, ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Randal and Gisella, ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Owain and Regina, ''Dawn Wind''; Gault and Levin, ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Hugh Herriot and Darklis Ruthven, ''Bonnie Dundee''; Damaris Crocker and Peter Ballard, ''Flame-Coloured Taffeta''; Conn and Luned, ''The Shining Company''.

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* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Romance is usually not a prominent element, so if anyone does get together, it's probably two longtime platonic friends, and frequently via LastMinuteHookup.
** Perdita Pettle and Adam Hilyarde in ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''; Tamsyn and Piers Caunter in ''The Armourer's House''; Simon Carey and Susanna Killigrew, and Amias Hannaford and Mouse Carey in ''Literature/{{Simon}}''; Marcus and Cottia, ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Frytha and Bjorn, ''The Shield Ring''; Drem and Blai, ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Randal and Gisella, ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Owain and Regina, ''Dawn Wind''; Gault and Levin, ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Hugh Herriot and Darklis Ruthven, ''Bonnie Dundee''; Damaris Crocker and Peter Ballard, ''Flame-Coloured Taffeta''; Conn and Luned, ''The Shining Company''.''Literature/TheShiningCompany''.



** ''Literature/{{Simon}}''; ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; ''The Shield Ring''; ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; ''Literature/KnightsFee''; ''Dawn Wind''; ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord''; ''The Witch's Brat''; ''A Crown of Wild Olive''; ''The Capricorn Bracelet''; ''The Changeling''; ''Blood Feud''; ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''; ''Flowering Dagger''; ''Literature/FrontierWolf''; ''Bonnie Dundee''; ''The Shining Company''; ''Sword Song''.

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** ''Literature/{{Simon}}''; ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; ''The Shield Ring''; ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; ''Literature/KnightsFee''; ''Dawn Wind''; ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord''; ''The Witch's Brat''; ''A Crown of Wild Olive''; ''The Capricorn Bracelet''; ''The Changeling''; ''Blood Feud''; ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''; ''Flowering Dagger''; ''Literature/FrontierWolf''; ''Bonnie Dundee''; ''The Shining Company''; ''Literature/TheShiningCompany''; ''Sword Song''.



** Robin Pettle and Adam Hilyarde, ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''; Simon Carey and Amias Hannaford, ''Literature/{{Simon}}''; Marcus and Esca, ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Justin and Flavius, ''The Silver Branch''; Drem and Vortrix, ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Androphon and Cador, ''The Bridge-Builders''; Randal and Bevis d'Aguillon, ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Artos and Bedwyr, ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Amyntas and Leon, ''A Crown of Wild Olive''; Jamie and Johnnie Douglas, Eckie Brock and Donal Dhu, Johnnie Forsyth and Hugh Maitland, ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Jestyn Englishman and Thormod Sitricson, ''Blood Feud''; Lubrin Dhu and Dara, ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''; Alexios and Cunorix, ''Literature/FrontierWolf''; Darklis Ruthven and Jean Cochrane, ''Bonnie Dundee''; Thomas Keith and Tussun Bey, ''Blood and Sand''; Prosper and Conn, ''The Shining Company''.

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** Robin Pettle and Adam Hilyarde, ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''; Simon Carey and Amias Hannaford, ''Literature/{{Simon}}''; Marcus and Esca, ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Justin and Flavius, ''The Silver Branch''; Drem and Vortrix, ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Androphon and Cador, ''The Bridge-Builders''; Randal and Bevis d'Aguillon, ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Artos and Bedwyr, ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Amyntas and Leon, ''A Crown of Wild Olive''; Jamie and Johnnie Douglas, Eckie Brock and Donal Dhu, Johnnie Forsyth and Hugh Maitland, ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Jestyn Englishman and Thormod Sitricson, ''Blood Feud''; Lubrin Dhu and Dara, ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''; Alexios and Cunorix, ''Literature/FrontierWolf''; Darklis Ruthven and Jean Cochrane, ''Bonnie Dundee''; Thomas Keith and Tussun Bey, ''Blood and Sand''; Prosper and Conn, ''The Shining Company''.''Literature/TheShiningCompany''.



* HonorBeforeReason: Ubiquitous, usually in a heady combination of UndyingLoyalty, HeroicSacrifice, BecauseDestinySaysSo, and GiveMeLibertyOrGiveMeDeath

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* HonorBeforeReason: Ubiquitous, usually in a heady combination of UndyingLoyalty, HeroicSacrifice, BecauseDestinySaysSo, and GiveMeLibertyOrGiveMeDeathGiveMeLibertyOrGiveMeDeath.



** Robin Pettle in ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''; Martin, Kit, Piers and Tamsyn Caunter in ''The Armourer's House''; Zackary Hawkins in ''Brother Dusty-Feet''; "Demetrius of Alexandria" in ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Aristobulo in ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; the bronze-smith in ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Laef Thorkelson in ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Sinnoch the Merchant in ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord''; Thorkel Thorkelsson and John and Anita Anderson in ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Hakon Ketilson in ''Blood Feud''; Phanes of Syracuse in ''The Shining Company''; Heriolf the Merchant in ''Sword Song''.

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** Robin Pettle in ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''; Martin, Kit, Piers and Tamsyn Caunter in ''The Armourer's House''; Zackary Hawkins in ''Brother Dusty-Feet''; "Demetrius of Alexandria" in ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Aristobulo in ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; the bronze-smith in ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Laef Thorkelson in ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Sinnoch the Merchant in ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord''; Thorkel Thorkelsson and John and Anita Anderson in ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Hakon Ketilson in ''Blood Feud''; Phanes of Syracuse in ''The Shining Company''; ''Literature/TheShiningCompany''; Heriolf the Merchant in ''Sword Song''.



** MercyKill: [[spoiler:Owain and Dog,]] ''Dawn Wind''; [[spoiler:Artos and Ambrosius,]] ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; [[spoiler:Alexios and Connla,]] ''Literature/FrontierWolf''; [[spoiler:Hugh Herriot and Jock,]] ''Bonnie Dundee''; [[spoiler:Prosper and the white hart, Cynan and Cynran Mac Clydno,]] ''The Shining Company''.

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** MercyKill: [[spoiler:Owain and Dog,]] ''Dawn Wind''; [[spoiler:Artos and Ambrosius,]] ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; [[spoiler:Alexios and Connla,]] ''Literature/FrontierWolf''; [[spoiler:Hugh Herriot and Jock,]] ''Bonnie Dundee''; [[spoiler:Prosper and the white hart, Cynan and Cynran Mac Clydno,]] ''The Shining Company''.''Literature/TheShiningCompany''.



** ''The Shining Company'': Artos's unified Britain has broken into smaller kingdoms.

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** ''The Shining Company'': ''Literature/TheShiningCompany'': Artos's unified Britain has broken into smaller kingdoms.



** Esca, ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Beric and Jason, ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; Aquila and Flavia, ''The Lantern Bearers''; Owain and Regina, ''Dawn Wind''; Dara, ''The Chief's Daughter''; Timandra, and the Athenian prisoners, ''The Flowers of Adonis''; Jestyn Englishman, ''Blood Feud''; the Iceni-Epidi tribe, ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''; Thomas Keith, ''Blood and Sand''; Conn and Aneirin, ''The Shining Company''; Muirgoed and Erp Mac Meldin, ''Sword Song''.

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** Esca, ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Beric and Jason, ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; Aquila and Flavia, ''The Lantern Bearers''; Owain and Regina, ''Dawn Wind''; Dara, ''The Chief's Daughter''; Timandra, and the Athenian prisoners, ''The Flowers of Adonis''; Jestyn Englishman, ''Blood Feud''; the Iceni-Epidi tribe, ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''; Thomas Keith, ''Blood and Sand''; Conn and Aneirin, ''The Shining Company''; ''Literature/TheShiningCompany''; Muirgoed and Erp Mac Meldin, ''Sword Song''.



** Jonathan Whiteleafe, ''Brother Dusty-Feet''; Brother Ninnias, ''The Lantern Bearers''; Lovel, Brother Eustace, and Brother Peter, ''The Witch's Brat''; Wattie Aiken, ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Brother Pebwyr, ''The Shining Company''.

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** Jonathan Whiteleafe, ''Brother Dusty-Feet''; Brother Ninnias, ''The Lantern Bearers''; Lovel, Brother Eustace, and Brother Peter, ''The Witch's Brat''; Wattie Aiken, ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Brother Pebwyr, ''The Shining Company''.''Literature/TheShiningCompany''.



** Wise-women: Lizzy Cobbledick, ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''; Tiffany Simcock, ''The Armourer's House''; Mother Trimble, ''Literature/{{Simon}}''; Rowena, ''The Lantern Bearers''; Ancret, ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Ia, ''The Changeling''; Lovel's grandmother, ''The Witch's Brat''; Old Effie and Old Nannie, ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Genty Small, ''Flame-Coloured Taffeta''; Old Nurse, the Queen and Princess Niamh, ''The Shining Company''; Angharad, ''Sword Song''.

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** Wise-women: Lizzy Cobbledick, ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''; Tiffany Simcock, ''The Armourer's House''; Mother Trimble, ''Literature/{{Simon}}''; Rowena, ''The Lantern Bearers''; Ancret, ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Ia, ''The Changeling''; Lovel's grandmother, ''The Witch's Brat''; Old Effie and Old Nannie, ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Genty Small, ''Flame-Coloured Taffeta''; Old Nurse, the Queen and Princess Niamh, ''The Shining Company''; ''Literature/TheShiningCompany''; Angharad, ''Sword Song''.



** ''Literature/{{Simon}}'', ''Literature/{{Outcast}}'', ''The Shield Ring'', ''Lady in Waiting'', ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; ''Literature/KnightsFee''; ''Dawn Wind''; ''The Witch's Brat''; ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''; ''Song for a Dark Queen''; ''Bonnie Dundee''; ''The Shining Company''. ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth'' has an important flashback embedded in its first chapter.

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** ''Literature/{{Simon}}'', ''Literature/{{Outcast}}'', ''The Shield Ring'', ''Lady in Waiting'', ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; ''Literature/KnightsFee''; ''Dawn Wind''; ''The Witch's Brat''; ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''; ''Song for a Dark Queen''; ''Bonnie Dundee''; ''The Shining Company''.''Literature/TheShiningCompany''. ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth'' has an important flashback embedded in its first chapter.



** TheStoryteller: Deborah Caunter in ''The Armourer's House''; Jonathan Whiteleafe in ''Brother Dusty-Feet''.
** WanderingMinstrel: The Palmer in ''Brother Dusty-Feet''; Pentecost Fiddler in ''Literature/{{Simon}}''; Rhiada in ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; Bjorn and Haethcyn in ''The Shield Ring''; Cullen in ''The Silver Branch''; Herluin in ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Bedwyr in ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Rahere in ''The Witch's Brat''; Cadwan of the Harp in ''Song for a Dark Queen''; Shadow Mason in ''Flame-Coloured Taffeta''; Aneirin in ''The Shining Company''.

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** TheStoryteller: Deborah Caunter in ''The Armourer's House''; Jonathan Whiteleafe in ''Brother Dusty-Feet''.
Dusty-Feet'', Lord Byron in ''Houses and History''.
** WanderingMinstrel: The Palmer in ''Brother Dusty-Feet''; Pentecost Fiddler in ''Literature/{{Simon}}''; Rhiada in ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; Bjorn and Haethcyn in ''The Shield Ring''; Cullen in ''The Silver Branch''; Herluin in ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Bedwyr in ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Rahere in ''The Witch's Brat''; Cadwan of the Harp in ''Song for a Dark Queen''; Shadow Mason in ''Flame-Coloured Taffeta''; Aneirin in ''The Shining Company''.''Literature/TheShiningCompany''.



* OfficerAndAGentleman: Most of Sutcliff's heroes are their culture's equivalent, be it Roman army officers, chieftains' sons, or English knights. This is unsurprising, as Sutcliff's father was an officer and she grew up on Royal Navy bases (what is perhaps surprising is that she never wrote about WoodenShipsAndIronMen).

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* OfficerAndAGentleman: Most of Sutcliff's heroes protagonists are their culture's equivalent, be it Roman army officers, chieftains' sons, or English knights. This is unsurprising, as Sutcliff's father was an officer and she grew up on Royal Navy bases (what is perhaps surprising is that she never wrote about WoodenShipsAndIronMen).



** Susanna Killigrew, ''Literature/{{Simon}}''; Cottia, ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Ness, ''The Lantern Bearers''; Gisella, ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Regina, ''Dawn Wind''; Guenhumara, ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Alexia, ''Blood Feud''; Anoud, ''Blood and Sand''; Niamh, ''The Shining Company''; Angharad, ''Sword Song''.

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** Susanna Killigrew, ''Literature/{{Simon}}''; Cottia, ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Ness, ''The Lantern Bearers''; Gisella, ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Regina, ''Dawn Wind''; Guenhumara, ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Alexia, ''Blood Feud''; Anoud, ''Blood and Sand''; Niamh, ''The Shining Company''; ''Literature/TheShiningCompany''; Angharad, ''Sword Song''.



* ShownTheirWork: Most of her stories are situated quite precisely in time and geography, though this is usually indicated via CrypticBackgroundReference in her work for children. Her five adult novels are much more explicit about "kings, dates, and battles" (sometimes at the expense of character and plot, which may explain why they're generally less beloved.)

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* ShownTheirWork: Most of her stories are situated quite precisely in time and geography, though this is usually indicated via CrypticBackgroundReference in her work for children. Her five adult novels are much more explicit about "kings, dates, and battles" (sometimes at the expense of character and plot, which may explain why they're generally less beloved.)battles".



** Esca in ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Beric in ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; Drem in ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Aquila and Flavia in ''The Lantern Bearers''; Randal (as a villein) in ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Owain and Regina in ''Dawn Wind''; the citizens of Eburacum in ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Phaedrus in ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord''; Dara in ''The Chief's Daughter''; Arcadius and Timandra in ''The Flowers of Adonis''; Jestyn Englishman in ''Blood Feud''; the Iceni in ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''; Thomas Keith in ''Blood and Sand''; Conn and Aneirin in ''The Shining Company''; Muirgoed and Erp Mac Meldin in ''Sword Song''.

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** Esca in ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Beric in ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; Drem in ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Aquila and Flavia in ''The Lantern Bearers''; Randal (as a villein) in ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Owain and Regina in ''Dawn Wind''; the citizens of Eburacum in ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Phaedrus in ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord''; Dara in ''The Chief's Daughter''; Arcadius and Timandra in ''The Flowers of Adonis''; Jestyn Englishman in ''Blood Feud''; the Iceni in ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''; Thomas Keith in ''Blood and Sand''; Conn and Aneirin in ''The Shining Company''; ''Literature/TheShiningCompany''; Muirgoed and Erp Mac Meldin in ''Sword Song''.



** Elizabeth I in ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''; Sir Thomas Fairfax in ''Literature/{{Simon}}'' and ''The Rider of the White Horse''; Jarl Buthar and Aikin the Beloved in ''The Shield Ring''; Carausius in ''The Silver Branch''; Ambrosius in ''The Lantern Bearers'' and ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Philip de Braose in ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Aethelbert and Augustine in ''Dawn Wind''; Alkibiades in ''The Flowers of Adonis''; Rahere in ''The Witch's Brat''; Sir James Douglas and Montrose in ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Vladimir of Kiev in ''Blood Feud''; Constans in ''Literature/FrontierWolf''; Agricola in ''Eagle's Egg''; Claverhouse in ''Bonnie Dundee''; Mynyddog, Ceredig, Gorthyn, and Cynan Mac Clydno in ''The Shining Company''; Onund Treefoot, Thorstein the Red, and Aud the Deep-Minded in ''Sword Song''.

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** Elizabeth I in ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''; Sir Thomas Fairfax in ''Literature/{{Simon}}'' and ''The Rider of the White Horse''; Jarl Buthar and Aikin the Beloved in ''The Shield Ring''; Carausius in ''The Silver Branch''; Ambrosius in ''The Lantern Bearers'' and ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Philip de Braose in ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Aethelbert and Augustine in ''Dawn Wind''; Alkibiades in ''The Flowers of Adonis''; Rahere in ''The Witch's Brat''; Sir James Douglas and Montrose in ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Vladimir of Kiev in ''Blood Feud''; Constans in ''Literature/FrontierWolf''; Agricola in ''Eagle's Egg''; Claverhouse in ''Bonnie Dundee''; Mynyddog, Ceredig, Gorthyn, and Cynan Mac Clydno in ''The Shining Company''; ''Literature/TheShiningCompany''; Onund Treefoot, Thorstein the Red, and Aud the Deep-Minded in ''Sword Song''.



** Hugh Copplestone, ''Brother Dusty-Feet''; Simon Carey, ''Literature/{{Simon}}''; Frytha, ''The Shield Ring''; Justin, ''The Silver Branch''; Bess Throckmorten, ''Lady in Waiting''; Anne Fairfax, ''The Rider of the White Horse''; Randal, ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Timotheus, Arcadius, Timandra et al., ''The Flowers of Adonis''; Jestyn Englishman, ''Blood Feud''; Blue Feather, ''Shifting Sands''; Lubrin Dhu, ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''; Hugh Herriot ,''Bonnie Dundee''; Prosper, ''The Shining Company''; Bjarni Sigurdson, ''Sword Song''.

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** Hugh Copplestone, ''Brother Dusty-Feet''; Simon Carey, ''Literature/{{Simon}}''; Frytha, ''The Shield Ring''; Justin, ''The Silver Branch''; Bess Throckmorten, ''Lady in Waiting''; Anne Fairfax, ''The Rider of the White Horse''; Randal, ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Timotheus, Arcadius, Timandra et al., ''The Flowers of Adonis''; Jestyn Englishman, ''Blood Feud''; Blue Feather, ''Shifting Sands''; Lubrin Dhu, ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''; Hugh Herriot ,''Bonnie Dundee''; Prosper, ''The Shining Company''; ''Literature/TheShiningCompany''; Bjarni Sigurdson, ''Sword Song''.



** Allies: Timothy Pettle, ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''; Peter Copplestone, ''Brother Dusty-Feet''; Zeal-for-the-Lord Relf, Mistress Killigrew, and other Puritans, ''Literature/{{Simon}}''; Anthonius, ''The Silver Branch''; Midir, ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Brother Ninnias, ''The Lantern Bearers''; Priscilla and St. Augustine, ''Dawn Wind''; the Archbishop of Venta, ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Laethrig, ''The Chief's Daughter''; Rahere, the Benedictines of New Minster, and Lovel, ''The Witch's Brat''; Master Gilliechrist, Master Simon, Andrew Beaton, and John Meikle, ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Aneirin, ''The Shining Company''; Aud the Deep-Minded, Brother Gisli, and Brother Ninian, ''Sword Song''.

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** Allies: Timothy Pettle, ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''; Peter Copplestone, ''Brother Dusty-Feet''; Zeal-for-the-Lord Relf, Mistress Killigrew, and other Puritans, ''Literature/{{Simon}}''; Anthonius, ''The Silver Branch''; Midir, ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Brother Ninnias, ''The Lantern Bearers''; Priscilla and St. Augustine, ''Dawn Wind''; the Archbishop of Venta, ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Laethrig, ''The Chief's Daughter''; Rahere, the Benedictines of New Minster, and Lovel, ''The Witch's Brat''; Master Gilliechrist, Master Simon, Andrew Beaton, and John Meikle, ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Aneirin, ''The Shining Company''; ''Literature/TheShiningCompany''; Aud the Deep-Minded, Brother Gisli, and Brother Ninian, ''Sword Song''.



* TheVerse: Despite a dearth of direct sequels, WordOfGod [[http://www.lib.rochester.edu/camelot/intrvws/sutcliff.htm has it]] that "it is all part of the same series, really", as borne out by consistent world-building and a few recurring details.

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* TheVerse: Despite a dearth of direct sequels, WordOfGod WordOfGod has it that [[http://www.lib.rochester.edu/camelot/intrvws/sutcliff.htm has it]] that "it is all part of the same series, really", really"]], as borne out by consistent world-building and a few recurring details.



** Artos, or KingArthur, in ''The Lantern Bearers'', ''Literature/SwordAtSunset'', ''Dawn Wind'', and ''The Shining Company''.
** Frontier Wolves in ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord'', ''The Capricorn Bracelet'', ''Literature/FrontierWolf'', and ''The Shining Company''.

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** Artos, or KingArthur, in ''The Lantern Bearers'', ''Literature/SwordAtSunset'', ''Dawn Wind'', and ''The Shining Company''.
''Literature/TheShiningCompany''.
** Frontier Wolves in ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord'', ''The Capricorn Bracelet'', ''Literature/FrontierWolf'', and ''The Shining Company''.''Literature/TheShiningCompany''.



* VestigialEmpire: Britain, where most of her books are set, is of course cut loose from the crumbling Western Roman Empire and its inhabitants left to fend for themselves. ''The Lantern Bearers'', ''Literature/SwordAtSunset'', ''The Shining Company'', and ''Dawn Wind'' are set in the immediately post-Roman period, but even 400 years later the Viking protagonist of ''Sword Song'' can recognise Roman ruins.

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* VestigialEmpire: Britain, where most of her books are set, is of course cut loose from the crumbling Western Roman Empire and its inhabitants left to fend for themselves. ''The Lantern Bearers'', ''Literature/SwordAtSunset'', ''The Shining Company'', ''Literature/TheShiningCompany'', and ''Dawn Wind'' are set in the immediately post-Roman period, but even 400 years later the Viking protagonist of ''Sword Song'' can recognise Roman ruins.



!!''The Shining Company''
Prosper, a Welsh shieldbearer, recounts the mustering and destruction of the Gododdin host against the Saxons of Catraeth.
* AllFirstPersonNarratorsWriteLikeNovelists: The Company's has a TagalongChronicler, HistoricalDomainCharacter Aneirin the bard, who will eventually compose the elegiac poem ''Y Gododdin'' in its memory. It is therefore somewhat amusing that an anonymous shieldbearer like Prosper is apparently equally capable of writing a novel about it.
* AlliterativeFamily: Cynan, Cynran, and Cynri Mac Clydno, who originate in Welsh legend.
* AnAssKickingChristmas: Mynyddog's second equipment-giving feast is at Midwinter. The Company and the Teulu, the king's bodyguard, fall to arguing about [[SeriousBusiness the Champion's portion]] of the roast and end up in a mead-fuelled brawl and nearly burn down Dyn Eidin.
* CadreOfForeignBodyguards: Prosper and Cynan ride off into the sunrise to join the Emperor of Constantinople's Varangian Guard, on the pretext of a MacguffinEscortMission.
* CallingTheOldManOut: Aneirin and Prosper's account of the battle in the Hall in Dyn Eidin turns into calling Mynyddog to account for his failure to reinforce them.
* ContinuityNod: Prosper and Co. spend their wakefulness test in the wolf-haunted ruins of Castellum in a Shout Out to ''Literature/FrontierWolf''. The various references to KingArthur are also specifically to ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Zig-zagged. Prosper accidentally shames a shieldbearer named Faelinn during a TrustBuildingBlunder, and Faelinn [[TheResenter resents it]] until another test exposes the same weakness in Prosper to him. They fall together during the siege of Catraeth and become Cynan's replacement shieldbearers, and though still not exactly friends, they'd rather go into the LastStand together than not.
* DividedWeFall: Mynyddog of the Gododdin is trying to unite a warhost of the kingdoms of the northwest, in the tradition of Artos, to check the expanding Saxon kingdom of Deira. His fellow rulers decline to send troops to his support, and the Shining Company is sacrificed in the hope of killing the dynamic king of Deira.
* DueToTheDead: The earlier dead are buried in mass graves, stripped of their precious equipment but left their personal ornaments. There's no one left to bury the last of the Company, but their memorial will be the song of Aneirin, ''Y Gododdin''.
* EverybodysDeadDave: Prosper and Cynan are the {{Sole Survivor}}s of the Shining Company, and that's by accident.
* FogOfWar: The ability to conjure a concealing fog is said to be an ability of druids, of which Aneirin is one. He actually manages to do it on the night of the LastStand.
* HeroicBastard: Ceredig the Fosterling, captain of the Teulu and the Company. Prosper speculates that Mynyddog may never have publicly acknowledged him as his son until sending him off on his SuicideMission.
* ItHasBeenAnHonor: Part of Ceredig the Fosterling's RousingSpeech.
* KingArthur: Artos (as seen in ''Literature/SwordAtSunset'') is the optimistic precedent for the effectiveness of a Company of three hundred. The other precedent is the Spartans at Thermopylae. ''Y Gododdin'' happens to be the earliest record of Arthur.
* LastStand: When two-thirds of the Company are dead and their reinforcements fail to materialise, the Fosterling decides on a SelfDestructiveCharge in the hopes of TakingYouWithMe, since they have no chance of escaping the encircling Saxons.
* LineInTheSand: The Fosterling offers everyone (still alive) the chance to OptOut of the SelfDestructiveCharge, judgement-free. No one does, of course.
* TheMarvelousDeer: Prosper, Conn, and Luned are the first to sight the white hart that they decide to protect from the prince Gorthyn's hunting. Gorthyn calls off the hunt himself on seeing the deer and thereby wins Prosper's loyalty and his services as shieldbearer.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Cynan is one part concussion, one part the deaths of his brothers, and one part betrayal.
* TheSiege: The Company takes Catraeth to hold it in advance of the British war hosts' arrival. TheCavalry doesn't come, and they find themselves trapped in their ruined fortress.
* SingleGirlSeeksMostPopularGuy: Ladies' man Cynan and his very devoted old friend, the Princess Niamh. He's too damaged to requite her, but he rides away wearing TheLadysFavour.
* TheStoryteller: Aneirin, the poet of ''Y Gododdin'', whose job it is to immortalise the Company in song.
* SuicideMission: Mynyddog knows almost as soon as the Company has left that no help is coming from his neighbours and he can't afford to waste the rest of his war host rescuing them. He doesn't recall them, on the off chance that they might manage to kill the expansionist Saxon king. They have no idea.
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: Prosper's two childhood friends are his cousin Luned with whom he's LikeBrotherAndSister, and his bondservant Conn. Prosper thinks at one point that his father might marry him to Luned, but Conn and Luned are more attracted to each other, and in the end he sends Conn home as a free man to marry her if he can.
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The novel is based on ''Y Gododdin'', an elegiac poem allegedly written by an eyewitness of the battle, but since the major drama of the poem is that [[EverybodysDeadDave all the heroes die]], the novel focuses on their unnamed supporters, the shieldbearers like Prosper.
* WeHaveReserves: Subverted. Mynyddog is forced to cut his losses with the Shining Company precisely because, lacking reinforcements from his neighbours, he can't afford to commit the Gododdin host to bail them out and leave his territory defenseless.



* 290 CE: ''The Silver Branch'' (1957) Literature/TheDolphinRing

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* 290 292 CE: ''The Silver Branch'' (1957) Literature/TheDolphinRing



* 595 CE: ''The Shining Company'' (1990)

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* 595 CE: ''The Shining Company'' ''Literature/TheShiningCompany'' (1990)



* 1116 CE: ''The Witch's Brat'' (1970)

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* 1116 1115 CE: ''The Witch's Brat'' (1970)
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** Artos, ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; a dozen narrators in ''The Flowers of Adonis''; Dexius in ''Swallows in the Spring''; six generations of Calpurnii in ''The Capricorn Bracelet''; fourteen citizens in ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Jestyn Englishman in ''Blood Feud''; Cadwan and Agricola in ''Song for a Dark Queen''; Quintus in ''Eagle's Egg'' ; Hugh Herriot in ''Bonnie Dundee''; Prosper in ''The Shining Company''.

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** Artos, ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; a dozen narrators in ''The Flowers of Adonis''; Dexius in ''Swallows in the Spring''; six generations of Calpurnii in ''The Capricorn Bracelet''; fourteen citizens in ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Jestyn Englishman in ''Blood Feud''; Cadwan and Agricola in ''Song for a Dark Queen''; Quintus in ''Eagle's Egg'' ; Egg''; Hugh Herriot in ''Bonnie Dundee''; Prosper in ''The Shining Company''.



** ''The Rider of the White Horse'' and ''Simon'': the Civil War campaigns of Sir Thomas Fairfax.

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** ''The Rider of the White Horse'' and ''Simon'': ''Literature/{{Simon}}'': the Civil War campaigns of Sir Thomas Fairfax.



** Acquired physical disabilities: John Carey, ''Simon''; Marcus, ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Talore, ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Midir, ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord''; Lucian, ''The Fugitives''; Timotheus, ''The Flowers of Adonis''; Lucius Calpurnius, ''The Capricorn Bracelet''; Rory the Dirk, ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Jestyn Englishman, ''Blood Feud''; Hugh Herriot, ''Bonnie Dundee''; Conn, ''The Shining Company''; Onund Treefoot, ''Sword Song''.

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** Acquired physical disabilities: John Carey, ''Simon''; ''Literature/{{Simon}}''; Marcus, ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Talore, ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Midir, ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord''; Lucian, ''The Fugitives''; Timotheus, ''The Flowers of Adonis''; Lucius Calpurnius, ''The Capricorn Bracelet''; Rory the Dirk, ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Jestyn Englishman, ''Blood Feud''; Hugh Herriot, ''Bonnie Dundee''; Conn, ''The Shining Company''; Onund Treefoot, ''Sword Song''.



** Adam Hilyarde, ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''; Simon Carey, ''Simon''; Marcus et al., ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Beric and Justinius (as horse-breeders), ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; Bjorn and Frytha, ''The Shield Ring''; Flavius, ''The Silver Branch''; Drem, ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Aquila (as a slave), ''The Lantern Bearers''; Sir Thomas Fairfax, ''The Rider of the White Horse''; Randal and the d'Aguillons, ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Owain, ''Dawn Wind''; Artos (horse-breeding), ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Aracos, ''A Circlet of Oak Leaves''; Lovel (physic gardening), ''The Witch's Brat''; Jestyn Englishman (cow herd), ''Blood Feud''; Damaris Crocker and Peter Ballard, ''Flame-Coloured Taffeta''; Bjarni and Angharad, ''Sword Song''.

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** Adam Hilyarde, ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''; Simon Carey, ''Simon''; ''Literature/{{Simon}}''; Marcus et al., ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Beric and Justinius (as horse-breeders), ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; Bjorn and Frytha, ''The Shield Ring''; Flavius, ''The Silver Branch''; Drem, ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Aquila (as a slave), ''The Lantern Bearers''; Sir Thomas Fairfax, ''The Rider of the White Horse''; Randal and the d'Aguillons, ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Owain, ''Dawn Wind''; Artos (horse-breeding), ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Aracos, ''A Circlet of Oak Leaves''; Lovel (physic gardening), ''The Witch's Brat''; Jestyn Englishman (cow herd), ''Blood Feud''; Damaris Crocker and Peter Ballard, ''Flame-Coloured Taffeta''; Bjarni and Angharad, ''Sword Song''.



** Bran and Peterkin, ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''; Bunch, ''The Armourer's House''; Argos, [[Literature/TheSongOfRoland Roland and Oliver]], ''Brother Dusty-Feet''; Jillot and Joram, ''Simon''; Cub, ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Gelert and Canog, ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; Garm, ''The Shield Ring''; Whitethroat, ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Cabal, ''The Lantern Bearers'' and ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Math, ''The Bridge-Builders''; Bran and Gerland, Joyeuse, Matilda, Math and Mathonwy, ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Boatswain, ''Houses and History''; Dog, ''Dawn Wind''; Syrius, ''The Fugitives''; Dexius's hound, ''Swallows in the Spring''; Brindle, ''Blood Feud''; Caspar, ''Bonnie Dundee''; Gelert, ''The Shining Company''; Astrid and Hugin, ''Sword Song''.

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** Bran and Peterkin, ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''; Bunch, ''The Armourer's House''; Argos, [[Literature/TheSongOfRoland Roland and Oliver]], ''Brother Dusty-Feet''; Jillot and Joram, ''Simon''; ''Literature/{{Simon}}''; Cub, ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Gelert and Canog, ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; Garm, ''The Shield Ring''; Whitethroat, ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Cabal, ''The Lantern Bearers'' and ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Math, ''The Bridge-Builders''; Bran and Gerland, Joyeuse, Matilda, Math and Mathonwy, ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Boatswain, ''Houses and History''; Dog, ''Dawn Wind''; Syrius, ''The Fugitives''; Dexius's hound, ''Swallows in the Spring''; Brindle, ''Blood Feud''; Caspar, ''Bonnie Dundee''; Gelert, ''The Shining Company''; Astrid and Hugin, ''Sword Song''.



** Perdita Pettle and Adam Hilyarde in ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''; Tamsyn and Piers Caunter in ''The Armourer's House''; Simon Carey and Susanna Killigrew, and Amias Hannaford and Mouse Carey in ''Simon''; Marcus and Cottia, ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Frytha and Bjorn, ''The Shield Ring''; Drem and Blai, ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Randal and Gisella, ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Owain and Regina, ''Dawn Wind''; Gault and Levin, ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Hugh Herriot and Darklis Ruthven, ''Bonnie Dundee''; Damaris Crocker and Peter Ballard, ''Flame-Coloured Taffeta''; Conn and Luned, ''The Shining Company''.

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** Perdita Pettle and Adam Hilyarde in ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''; Tamsyn and Piers Caunter in ''The Armourer's House''; Simon Carey and Susanna Killigrew, and Amias Hannaford and Mouse Carey in ''Simon''; ''Literature/{{Simon}}''; Marcus and Cottia, ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Frytha and Bjorn, ''The Shield Ring''; Drem and Blai, ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Randal and Gisella, ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Owain and Regina, ''Dawn Wind''; Gault and Levin, ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Hugh Herriot and Darklis Ruthven, ''Bonnie Dundee''; Damaris Crocker and Peter Ballard, ''Flame-Coloured Taffeta''; Conn and Luned, ''The Shining Company''.



** ''Simon''; ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; ''The Shield Ring''; ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; ''Literature/KnightsFee''; ''Dawn Wind''; ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord''; ''The Witch's Brat''; ''A Crown of Wild Olive''; ''The Capricorn Bracelet''; ''The Changeling''; ''Blood Feud''; ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''; ''Flowering Dagger''; ''Literature/FrontierWolf''; ''Bonnie Dundee''; ''The Shining Company''; ''Sword Song''.

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** ''Simon''; ''Literature/{{Simon}}''; ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; ''The Shield Ring''; ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; ''Literature/KnightsFee''; ''Dawn Wind''; ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord''; ''The Witch's Brat''; ''A Crown of Wild Olive''; ''The Capricorn Bracelet''; ''The Changeling''; ''Blood Feud''; ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''; ''Flowering Dagger''; ''Literature/FrontierWolf''; ''Bonnie Dundee''; ''The Shining Company''; ''Sword Song''.



** ''The Rider of the White Horse'' and ''Simon'': the English Civil Wars.

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** ''The Rider of the White Horse'' and ''Simon'': ''Literature/{{Simon}}'': the English Civil Wars.



** The West Country: ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''; ''The Armourer's House''; ''Brother Dusty-Feet''; ''Simon''; ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; ''Blood Feud''.

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** The West Country: ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''; ''The Armourer's House''; ''Brother Dusty-Feet''; ''Simon''; ''Literature/{{Simon}}''; ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; ''Blood Feud''.



** Robin Pettle and Adam Hilyarde, ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''; Simon Carey and Amias Hannaford, ''Simon''; Marcus and Esca, ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Justin and Flavius, ''The Silver Branch''; Drem and Vortrix, ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Androphon and Cador, ''The Bridge-Builders''; Randal and Bevis d'Aguillon, ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Artos and Bedwyr, ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Amyntas and Leon, ''A Crown of Wild Olive''; Jamie and Johnnie Douglas, Eckie Brock and Donal Dhu, Johnnie Forsyth and Hugh Maitland, ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Jestyn Englishman and Thormod Sitricson, ''Blood Feud''; Lubrin Dhu and Dara, ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''; Alexios and Cunorix, ''Literature/FrontierWolf''; Darklis Ruthven and Jean Cochrane, ''Bonnie Dundee''; Thomas Keith and Tussun Bey, ''Blood and Sand''; Prosper and Conn, ''The Shining Company''.
* Historical Domain Character: Usually limited to cameos, but several novels are based on the lives of real (or [[KingArthur allegedly real]]) people.

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** Robin Pettle and Adam Hilyarde, ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''; Simon Carey and Amias Hannaford, ''Simon''; ''Literature/{{Simon}}''; Marcus and Esca, ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Justin and Flavius, ''The Silver Branch''; Drem and Vortrix, ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Androphon and Cador, ''The Bridge-Builders''; Randal and Bevis d'Aguillon, ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Artos and Bedwyr, ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Amyntas and Leon, ''A Crown of Wild Olive''; Jamie and Johnnie Douglas, Eckie Brock and Donal Dhu, Johnnie Forsyth and Hugh Maitland, ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Jestyn Englishman and Thormod Sitricson, ''Blood Feud''; Lubrin Dhu and Dara, ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''; Alexios and Cunorix, ''Literature/FrontierWolf''; Darklis Ruthven and Jean Cochrane, ''Bonnie Dundee''; Thomas Keith and Tussun Bey, ''Blood and Sand''; Prosper and Conn, ''The Shining Company''.
* Historical Domain Character: HistoricalDomainCharacter: Usually limited to cameos, but several novels are based on the lives of real (or [[KingArthur allegedly real]]) people.



** Sir Walter Raleigh, a local hero of Sutcliff's native Devonshire, makes a cameo in ''Brother Dusty-Feet'', enjoys a gratuitous mention in ''Simon'', stars in ''Lady in Waiting'', and has a chapter in ''Houses and History''.
** Sir Thomas Fairfax is a SupportingLeader in ''Simon'', the protagonist of ''The Rider of the White Horse'', and receives a chapter in ''Houses and History''.
** Montrose doesn't get a novel of his own, but he's mentioned in ''Simon'', is the final "Hero" featured in ''Heroes and History'', is the SupportingLeader in "We Sign the Covenant" and "God Be with You" in ''We Lived in Drumfyvie'', and the kinsman and hero of Dundee in ''Bonnie Dundee''.

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** Sir Walter Raleigh, a local hero of Sutcliff's native Devonshire, makes a cameo in ''Brother Dusty-Feet'', enjoys a gratuitous mention in ''Simon'', ''Literature/{{Simon}}'', stars in ''Lady in Waiting'', and has a chapter in ''Houses and History''.
** Sir Thomas Fairfax is a SupportingLeader in ''Simon'', ''Literature/{{Simon}}'', the protagonist of ''The Rider of the White Horse'', and receives a chapter in ''Houses and History''.
** Montrose doesn't get a novel of his own, but he's mentioned in ''Simon'', ''Literature/{{Simon}}'', is the final "Hero" featured in ''Heroes and History'', is the SupportingLeader in "We Sign the Covenant" and "God Be with You" in ''We Lived in Drumfyvie'', and the kinsman and hero of Dundee in ''Bonnie Dundee''.



* KillTheOnesYouLove:
** MercyKill: Owain and Dog, ''Dawn Wind''; Artos and Ambrosius, ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Alexios and Connla, ''Literature/FrontierWolf''; Hugh Herriot and Jock, ''Bonnie Dundee''; Prosper and the white hart, Cynan and Cynran Mac Clydno, ''The Shining Company''.
** HonorBeforeReason: Simon Carey and Amias Hannaford, ''Simon''; Marcus and Cradoc, ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Cuchulainn and Ferdia, ''The Hound of Ulster''; Phaedrus and Vortimax, ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord''; Lubrin Dhu and Cradock, ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''.
** WeUsedToBeFriends: Thormod Sitricson and Anders Herulfson, ''Blood Feud''; Alexios and Cunorix, ''Literature/FrontierWolf''; Hugh Herriot and Alan Armstrong, ''Bonnie Dundee''.

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* KillTheOnesYouLove:
KillTheOnesYouLove: Or at least take a stab at it.
** MercyKill: Owain [[spoiler:Owain and Dog, Dog,]] ''Dawn Wind''; Artos [[spoiler:Artos and Ambrosius, Ambrosius,]] ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Alexios [[spoiler:Alexios and Connla, Connla,]] ''Literature/FrontierWolf''; Hugh [[spoiler:Hugh Herriot and Jock, Jock,]] ''Bonnie Dundee''; Prosper [[spoiler:Prosper and the white hart, Cynan and Cynran Mac Clydno, Clydno,]] ''The Shining Company''.
** HonorBeforeReason: Simon [[spoiler:Simon Carey and Amias Hannaford, ''Simon''; Marcus Hannaford,]] ''Literature/{{Simon}}''; [[spoiler:Marcus and Cradoc, Cradoc,]] ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Cuchulainn [[spoiler:Cuchulainn and Ferdia, Ferdia,]] ''The Hound of Ulster''; Phaedrus [[spoiler:Phaedrus and Vortimax, Vortimax,]] ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord''; Lubrin [[spoiler:Lubrin Dhu and Cradock, Cradock,]] ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''.
** WeUsedToBeFriends: Thormod [[spoiler:Zeal-for-the-Lord Relf and James Gibberdyke,]] ''Literature/{{Simon}}''; [[spoiler:Thormod Sitricson and Anders Herulfson, Herulfson,]] ''Blood Feud''; Alexios [[spoiler:Alexios and Cunorix, Cunorix,]] ''Literature/FrontierWolf''; Hugh [[spoiler:Hugh Herriot and Alan Armstrong, Armstrong,]] ''Bonnie Dundee''.



** A brace of sabres named Balin and Balan appear in ''Simon''.

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** A brace of sabres named Balin and Balan appear in ''Simon''.''Literature/{{Simon}}''.



** CombatMedic: Amias and Odysseus Hannaford, ''Simon''; Marcus (posing as an occulist), ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Justinius, ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; Justin, ''The Silver Branch''; Gwalchmai, ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Aracos, ''A Circlet of Oak Leaves''; Tethra, ''The Changeling''; Jestyn Englishman, ''Blood Feud''.
** Wise-women: Lizzy Cobbledick, ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''; Tiffany Simcock, ''The Armourer's House''; Mother Trimble, ''Simon''; Rowena, ''The Lantern Bearers''; Ancret, ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Ia, ''The Changeling''; Lovel's grandmother, ''The Witch's Brat''; Old Effie and Old Nannie, ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Genty Small, ''Flame-Coloured Taffeta''; Old Nurse, the Queen and Princess Niamh, ''The Shining Company''; Angharad, ''Sword Song''.

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** CombatMedic: Amias and Odysseus Hannaford, ''Simon''; ''Literature/{{Simon}}''; Marcus (posing as an occulist), ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Justinius, ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; Justin, ''The Silver Branch''; Gwalchmai, ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Aracos, ''A Circlet of Oak Leaves''; Tethra, ''The Changeling''; Jestyn Englishman, ''Blood Feud''.
** Wise-women: Lizzy Cobbledick, ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''; Tiffany Simcock, ''The Armourer's House''; Mother Trimble, ''Simon''; ''Literature/{{Simon}}''; Rowena, ''The Lantern Bearers''; Ancret, ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Ia, ''The Changeling''; Lovel's grandmother, ''The Witch's Brat''; Old Effie and Old Nannie, ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Genty Small, ''Flame-Coloured Taffeta''; Old Nurse, the Queen and Princess Niamh, ''The Shining Company''; Angharad, ''Sword Song''.



** ''Simon'', ''Literature/{{Outcast}}'', ''The Shield Ring'', ''Lady in Waiting'', ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; ''Literature/KnightsFee''; ''Dawn Wind''; ''The Witch's Brat''; ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''; ''Song for a Dark Queen''; ''Bonnie Dundee''; ''The Shining Company''. ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth'' has an important flashback embedded in its first chapter.

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** ''Simon'', ''Literature/{{Simon}}'', ''Literature/{{Outcast}}'', ''The Shield Ring'', ''Lady in Waiting'', ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; ''Literature/KnightsFee''; ''Dawn Wind''; ''The Witch's Brat''; ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''; ''Song for a Dark Queen''; ''Bonnie Dundee''; ''The Shining Company''. ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth'' has an important flashback embedded in its first chapter.



** Beric and Justinius, ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; Bjorn Bjornsson, ''The Shield Ring''; Carausius/Curoi, and the Flavius family, ''The Silver Branch''; Blai and the Half People, ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; the Minnow and Mull, ''The Lantern Bearers''; Artos, Bedwyr, Ygerna, and Cerdic, ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Randal, ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Uncle Widreth, ''Dawn Wind''; Phaedrus, Sinnoch, and Liadhan, ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord''; Tethra (by adoption), ''The Changeling''; Jestyn Englishman and Erland Silkbeard, ''Blood Feud''; Lubrin Dhu, ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''; Alexios, ''Literature/FrontierWolf''; Darklis Ruthven, ''Bonnie Dundee''.

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** Beric and Justinius, ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; Bjorn Bjornsson, ''The Shield Ring''; Carausius/Curoi, Serapion, and the Flavius family, ''The Silver Branch''; Blai and the Half People, ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; the Minnow and Mull, ''The Lantern Bearers''; Artos, Bedwyr, Ygerna, and Cerdic, ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Randal, ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Uncle Widreth, ''Dawn Wind''; Phaedrus, Sinnoch, and Liadhan, ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord''; Tethra (by adoption), ''The Changeling''; Jestyn Englishman and Erland Silkbeard, ''Blood Feud''; Lubrin Dhu, ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''; Alexios, ''Literature/FrontierWolf''; Darklis Ruthven, ''Bonnie Dundee''.



** WanderingMinstrel: The Palmer in ''Brother Dusty-Feet''; Pentecost in ''Simon''; Rhiada in ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; Bjorn and Haethcyn in ''The Shield Ring''; Cullen in ''The Silver Branch''; Herluin in ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Bedwyr in ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Rahere in ''The Witch's Brat''; Cadwan of the Harp in ''Song for a Dark Queen''; Shadow Mason in ''Flame-Coloured Taffeta''; Aneirin in ''The Shining Company''.

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** WanderingMinstrel: The Palmer in ''Brother Dusty-Feet''; Pentecost Fiddler in ''Simon''; ''Literature/{{Simon}}''; Rhiada in ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; Bjorn and Haethcyn in ''The Shield Ring''; Cullen in ''The Silver Branch''; Herluin in ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Bedwyr in ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Rahere in ''The Witch's Brat''; Cadwan of the Harp in ''Song for a Dark Queen''; Shadow Mason in ''Flame-Coloured Taffeta''; Aneirin in ''The Shining Company''.



** Susanna Killigrew, ''Simon''; Cottia, ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Ness, ''The Lantern Bearers''; Gisella, ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Regina, ''Dawn Wind''; Guenhumara, ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Alexia, ''Blood Feud''; Anoud, ''Blood and Sand''; Niamh, ''The Shining Company''; Angharad, ''Sword Song''.

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** Susanna Killigrew, ''Simon''; ''Literature/{{Simon}}''; Cottia, ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Ness, ''The Lantern Bearers''; Gisella, ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Regina, ''Dawn Wind''; Guenhumara, ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Alexia, ''Blood Feud''; Anoud, ''Blood and Sand''; Niamh, ''The Shining Company''; Angharad, ''Sword Song''.



** Elizabeth I in ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''; Sir Thomas Fairfax in ''Simon'' and ''The Rider of the White Horse''; Jarl Buthar and Aikin the Beloved in ''The Shield Ring''; Carausius in ''The Silver Branch''; Ambrosius in ''The Lantern Bearers'' and ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Philip de Braose in ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Aethelbert and Augustine in ''Dawn Wind''; Alkibiades in ''The Flowers of Adonis''; Rahere in ''The Witch's Brat''; Sir James Douglas and Montrose in ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Vladimir of Kiev in ''Blood Feud''; Constans in ''Literature/FrontierWolf''; Agricola in ''Eagle's Egg''; Claverhouse in ''Bonnie Dundee''; Mynyddog, Ceredig, Gorthyn, and Cynan Mac Clydno in ''The Shining Company''; Onund Treefoot, Thorstein the Red, and Aud the Deep-Minded in ''Sword Song''.

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** Elizabeth I in ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''; Sir Thomas Fairfax in ''Simon'' ''Literature/{{Simon}}'' and ''The Rider of the White Horse''; Jarl Buthar and Aikin the Beloved in ''The Shield Ring''; Carausius in ''The Silver Branch''; Ambrosius in ''The Lantern Bearers'' and ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Philip de Braose in ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Aethelbert and Augustine in ''Dawn Wind''; Alkibiades in ''The Flowers of Adonis''; Rahere in ''The Witch's Brat''; Sir James Douglas and Montrose in ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Vladimir of Kiev in ''Blood Feud''; Constans in ''Literature/FrontierWolf''; Agricola in ''Eagle's Egg''; Claverhouse in ''Bonnie Dundee''; Mynyddog, Ceredig, Gorthyn, and Cynan Mac Clydno in ''The Shining Company''; Onund Treefoot, Thorstein the Red, and Aud the Deep-Minded in ''Sword Song''.



** Hugh Copplestone, ''Brother Dusty-Feet''; Simon Carey, ''Simon''; Frytha, ''The Shield Ring''; Justin, ''The Silver Branch''; Bess Throckmorten, ''Lady in Waiting''; Anne Fairfax, ''The Rider of the White Horse''; Randal, ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Timotheus, Arcadius, Timandra et al., ''The Flowers of Adonis''; Jestyn Englishman, ''Blood Feud''; Blue Feather, ''Shifting Sands''; Lubrin Dhu, ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''; Hugh Herriot ,''Bonnie Dundee''; Prosper, ''The Shining Company''; Bjarni Sigurdson, ''Sword Song''.

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** Hugh Copplestone, ''Brother Dusty-Feet''; Simon Carey, ''Simon''; ''Literature/{{Simon}}''; Frytha, ''The Shield Ring''; Justin, ''The Silver Branch''; Bess Throckmorten, ''Lady in Waiting''; Anne Fairfax, ''The Rider of the White Horse''; Randal, ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Timotheus, Arcadius, Timandra et al., ''The Flowers of Adonis''; Jestyn Englishman, ''Blood Feud''; Blue Feather, ''Shifting Sands''; Lubrin Dhu, ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''; Hugh Herriot ,''Bonnie Dundee''; Prosper, ''The Shining Company''; Bjarni Sigurdson, ''Sword Song''.



** Allies: Timothy Pettle, ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''; Peter Copplestone, ''Brother Dusty-Feet''; Zeal-for-the-Lord Relf, Mistress Killigrew, and other Puritans, ''Simon''; Anthonius, ''The Silver Branch''; Midir, ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Brother Ninnias, ''The Lantern Bearers''; Priscilla and St. Augustine, ''Dawn Wind''; the Archbishop of Venta, ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Laethrig, ''The Chief's Daughter''; Rahere, the Benedictines of New Minster, and Lovel, ''The Witch's Brat''; Master Gilliechrist, Master Simon, Andrew Beaton, and John Meikle, ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Aneirin, ''The Shining Company''; Aud the Deep-Minded, Brother Gisli, and Brother Ninian, ''Sword Song''.

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** Allies: Timothy Pettle, ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''; Peter Copplestone, ''Brother Dusty-Feet''; Zeal-for-the-Lord Relf, Mistress Killigrew, and other Puritans, ''Simon''; ''Literature/{{Simon}}''; Anthonius, ''The Silver Branch''; Midir, ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Brother Ninnias, ''The Lantern Bearers''; Priscilla and St. Augustine, ''Dawn Wind''; the Archbishop of Venta, ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Laethrig, ''The Chief's Daughter''; Rahere, the Benedictines of New Minster, and Lovel, ''The Witch's Brat''; Master Gilliechrist, Master Simon, Andrew Beaton, and John Meikle, ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Aneirin, ''The Shining Company''; Aud the Deep-Minded, Brother Gisli, and Brother Ninian, ''Sword Song''.



* FiveManBand: The Joyous Company Tobias Pennifeather is TheLeader, Jasper Nye is TheLancer, Benjamin Bunsell is TheBigGuy, Jonathan Whiteleafe is TheSmartGuy, Nicholas Bodkyn in TheChick. Hugh is their TagalongKid.

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* FiveManBand: The Joyous Company Tobias Pennifeather is TheLeader, Jasper Nye is TheLancer, Benjamin Bunsell is TheBigGuy, Jonathan Whiteleafe is TheSmartGuy, Nicholas Bodkyn in is TheChick. Hugh is their TagalongKid.



* WalkingTheEarth: Travelling actors belong to the fraternity of itinerant riff-raff, along with pilgrims like [[WanderingMinstrel the Palmer]], [[SnakeOilSalesman Zackary Hawkins]], [[CrazyHomelessPeople the Tom-o'-Bedlam]], and other assorted carnies and ne'er-do-wells. The Tom-o'-Bedlam gives him an InitiationCeremony called the Seisin of the Road.

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* WalkingTheEarth: Travelling actors belong to the fraternity of itinerant riff-raff, along with pilgrims like [[WanderingMinstrel the Palmer]], [[SnakeOilSalesman Zackary Hawkins]], [[CrazyHomelessPeople the Tom-o'-Bedlam]], and other assorted carnies and ne'er-do-wells. The Tom-o'-Bedlam gives him Hugh an InitiationCeremony called the Seisin of the Road.



!!''Simon''
HeterosexualLifePartners Simon Carey and Amias Hannaford join up on opposite sides of the UsefulNotes/EnglishCivilWar. Simon's estrangement from Amias, and his corporal [[AerithAndBob Zeal-for-the-Lord Relf]]'s vendetta against a treacherous friend, are ultimately tested in the battle of Torrington.
* FightingTheLancer: Simon is TheLancer to [[HeroOfAnotherStory Amias]], and their years-long estrangement forces Simon to become independent of him and weighs their personal against their political loyalties.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: The novel's major subplot. Zeal-for-the-Lord Relf, though a fanatical believer in the Puritan cause, goes AWOL from the the Parliamentarian army to avenge himself on a former friend and neighbour who has stolen from him, deserts ''again'' after being recaptured and given ATasteOfTheLash, and then joins the Royalist army in order to get close enough to the traitor to kill him. He genuinely doesn't understand why he isn't allowed to do any of this.
* SeriousBusiness: The thing that the neighbour stole from Zeal-for-the-Lord is... a fancy tulip bulb he'd bred.
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The church really did blow up, and no one knows who did it.
* ContrivedCoincidence: Much of the plot depends on improbable reunions and InfallibleBabble, though admittedly it all takes place in [[ItsASmallWorldAfterAll Devon]].
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Sir Thomas Fairfax, Col. Ireton, Maj. Disbrow, Sir Philip "Daddy" Skippon, Oliver Cromwell, Dr. David Morrison, Chaplain Joshua Sprigg, and other Parliamentarian officers and pastors; Royalist commanders



* ShoutOut: The "young Relf" mentioned is, if not Zeal-for-the-Lord Relf from ''Simon'', written six years before, at least a reference to him.

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* ShoutOut: The "young "Young Relf" mentioned is, if not Zeal-for-the-Lord Relf from ''Simon'', written six years before, at least is a reference to him.Corporal Relf from 1953's ''Literature/{{Simon}}'', if not the man himself.



* 1640 CE: ''Simon'' (1953)

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* 1640 CE: ''Simon'' ''Literature/{{Simon}}'' (1953)
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** Congenital physical defects: Adam Hilyarde, ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''; Robert Cecil, ''Lady in Waiting''; Drem, ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Vadir Cedricson, ''Dawn Wind''; Gwalchmai, ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Lovel, ''The Witch's Brat''.

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** Congenital physical defects: Adam Hilyarde, ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''; Robert Cecil, ''Lady in Waiting''; Drem, ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Vadir Cedricson, ''Dawn Wind''; Gwalchmai, ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Archibald Campbell, ''Heroes and History''; Lovel, ''The Witch's Brat''.



** WeUsedToBeFriends: Thormod Sitricson and Anders Herulfson, ''Blood Feud''; Alexois and Cunorix, ''Literature/FrontierWolf''; Hugh Herriot and Alan Armstrong, ''Bonnie Dundee''.

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** WeUsedToBeFriends: Thormod Sitricson and Anders Herulfson, ''Blood Feud''; Alexois Alexios and Cunorix, ''Literature/FrontierWolf''; Hugh Herriot and Alan Armstrong, ''Bonnie Dundee''.



** The supposed historical Arthur is the second Hero featured in the "non-fictional" ''Heroes and History''.



* FriendToAllLivingThings: The Palmer, or the Piper, has an Orphean power to charm animals with his music, which he offer to teach to Hugh.

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* FriendToAllLivingThings: The Palmer, or the Piper, has an Orphean power to charm animals with his music, which he offer offers to teach to Hugh.



* GreatEscape: After Tom is arrested and locked up in the squire's barn, Damaris and Genty [[VoodooDoll threaten the stablemaster]] into arranging [[FieryCoverup a distraction]] to cover his escape. Then he has skulk in Genty's secret cellar until it's time to retrieve his secret documents by walking into the middle of a smuggling run intercepted by a police raid.

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* GreatEscape: After Tom is arrested and locked up in the squire's barn, Damaris and Genty [[VoodooDoll threaten the stablemaster]] into arranging [[FieryCoverup a distraction]] to cover his escape. Then he has to skulk in Genty's secret cellar until it's time to retrieve his secret documents by walking into the middle of a smuggling run intercepted by a police raid.



!!''The Capricorn Bracelet''
Six short stories of a Romano-British family, linked by an heirloom military decoration, from the Boudiccan Rebellion to the end of the Roman occupation.
* 61 CE Death of a City: LastStand
* 123 CE Rome Builds a Wall: TheEngineer, OneLastJob
* 150 CE Outpost Fortress: EnsignNewbie, FaceYourFears
* 196 CE Traprain Law: ForWantOfANail, MaybeMagicMaybeMundane
* 280 CE Frontier Scout: BringHelpBack
* 383 CE The Eagles Fly South: GreatOffscreenWar, EndOfAnEra



!!''The Capricorn Bracelet''
Six short stories of a Romano-British family, linked by an heirloom military decoration, from the Boudiccan Rebellion to the end of the Roman occupation.
* 61 CE Death of a City: LastStand
* 123 CE Rome Builds a Wall: TheEngineer, OneLastJob
* 150 CE Outpost Fortress: EnsignNewbie, FaceYourFears
* 196 CE Traprain Law: ForWantOfANail, MaybeMagicMaybeMundane
* 280 CE Frontier Scout: BringHelpBack
* 383 CE The Eagles Fly South: GreatOffscreenWar, EndOfAnEra



* 1290-1897 CE: ''We Lived in Drumfyvie'' (1975, with Margaret Lyford-Pike)

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* 1290-1897 1137 CE: ''We Lived in Drumfyvie'' (1975, with Margaret Lyford-Pike)
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** WeUsedToBeFriends: Thormod Sitricson and Anders Herjolfson, ''Blood Feud''; Alexois and Cunorix, ''Literature/FrontierWolf''; Hugh Herriot and Alan Armstrong, ''Bonnie Dundee''.

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** WeUsedToBeFriends: Thormod Sitricson and Anders Herjolfson, Herulfson, ''Blood Feud''; Alexois and Cunorix, ''Literature/FrontierWolf''; Hugh Herriot and Alan Armstrong, ''Bonnie Dundee''.



** Elizabeth I in ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''; Sir Thomas Fairfax in ''Simon'' and ''The Rider of the White Horse''; Jarl Buthar and Aikin the Beloved in ''The Shield Ring''; Carausius in ''The Silver Branch''; Ambrosius in ''The Lantern Bearers'' and ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Philip de Braose in ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Aethelbert and Augustine in ''Dawn Wind''; Alkibiades in ''The Flowers of Adonis''; Rahere in ''The Witch's Brat''; Sir James Douglas in ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Vladimir of Kiev in ''Blood Feud''; Constans in ''Literature/FrontierWolf''; Agricola in ''Eagle's Egg''; Claverhouse in ''Bonnie Dundee''; Mynyddog, Ceredig, Gorthyn, and Cynan Mac Clydno in ''The Shining Company''; Onund Treefoot, Thorstein the Red, and Aud the Deep-Minded in ''Sword Song''.

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** Elizabeth I in ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''; Sir Thomas Fairfax in ''Simon'' and ''The Rider of the White Horse''; Jarl Buthar and Aikin the Beloved in ''The Shield Ring''; Carausius in ''The Silver Branch''; Ambrosius in ''The Lantern Bearers'' and ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Philip de Braose in ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Aethelbert and Augustine in ''Dawn Wind''; Alkibiades in ''The Flowers of Adonis''; Rahere in ''The Witch's Brat''; Sir James Douglas and Montrose in ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Vladimir of Kiev in ''Blood Feud''; Constans in ''Literature/FrontierWolf''; Agricola in ''Eagle's Egg''; Claverhouse in ''Bonnie Dundee''; Mynyddog, Ceredig, Gorthyn, and Cynan Mac Clydno in ''The Shining Company''; Onund Treefoot, Thorstein the Red, and Aud the Deep-Minded in ''Sword Song''.



** Allies: Zeal-for-the-Lord Relf, Mistress Killigrew, and other Puritans, ''Simon''; Anthonius, ''The Silver Branch''; Midir, ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Brother Ninnias, ''The Lantern Bearers''; Priscilla and St. Augustine, ''Dawn Wind''; the Archbishop of Venta, ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Laethrig, ''The Chief's Daughter''; Rahere, the Benedictines of New Minster, and Lovel, ''The Witch's Brat''; Master Gilliechrist, Master Simon, Andrew Beaton, and John Meikle, ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Aneirin, ''The Shining Company''; Aud the Deep-Minded, Brother Gisli, and Brother Ninian, ''Sword Song''.

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** Allies: Timothy Pettle, ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''; Peter Copplestone, ''Brother Dusty-Feet''; Zeal-for-the-Lord Relf, Mistress Killigrew, and other Puritans, ''Simon''; Anthonius, ''The Silver Branch''; Midir, ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Brother Ninnias, ''The Lantern Bearers''; Priscilla and St. Augustine, ''Dawn Wind''; the Archbishop of Venta, ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Laethrig, ''The Chief's Daughter''; Rahere, the Benedictines of New Minster, and Lovel, ''The Witch's Brat''; Master Gilliechrist, Master Simon, Andrew Beaton, and John Meikle, ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Aneirin, ''The Shining Company''; Aud the Deep-Minded, Brother Gisli, and Brother Ninian, ''Sword Song''.



* BestFriendsInLaw: Lubrin's HeterosexualLifePartner Dara is chosen as the future husband of his sister Teleri, the heiress of the tribe. It makes things a little weird for awhile.



* {{Matriarchy}}: Almost. The patriarchal Attribates assume Lubrin, the chief's surviving son, is the new chief of the Iceni. They're actually matrilineal, so the rightful leader is his sister's husband Dara.

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* {{Matriarchy}}: Almost. The patriarchal Attribates assume Lubrin, the chief's surviving son, is the new chief of the Iceni. They're actually matrilineal, so the rightful leader legitimate chief is his sister's husband sister Teleri's husband, Dara.



Lovel, an orphan with a crooked back and foot, becomes an infirmarian monk and helps found St. Bartholomew's hospital.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Rahere
* TheMedic: Lovel invents physical therapy.

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Lovel, an orphan with a crooked back and foot, becomes an infirmarian monk and helps found St. Bartholomew's hospital.
Hospital.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Rahere
CareerEndingInjury: Nick Redpoll was born to be a builder, but he crippled his leg in a fall off a scaffold.
* TheJester: HistoricalDomainCharacter Rahere is King Henry I's Jongleur or minstrel, a role with which he is not entirely content.
* TheMedic: Lovel learns medicine from his grandmother and then the infirmarian brothers of New Minster. He takes the job when Rahere founds St. Bart's and, not content with splints and herbs, invents physical therapy.therapy on the go by experimenting on Nick Redpoll.
* PatronSaint: After nearly dying of malaria in Rome, Rahere decides to found a hospital for the poor in London. In a dream, St. Bartholomew tips him the nod that if he throws in a priory as well, he can get the devout King Henry to pay for the lot.
* TakingTheVeil: After the loss of young Prince William and the White Ship, Rahere has a religious epiphany and joins the church. Lovel takes his vows mostly because he could never afford secular training as a physician.
* WitchHunt: Eleven-year-old Lovel is prime suspect in the case of "Who Put the Evil Eye on My Cow?"



* ChekhovMIA: Piers's hopes of becoming a sailor went down with his elder brother Kit's ship, which disappeared in the Mediterranean.

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* ChekhovMIA: Piers's hopes of becoming a sailor went down with his elder brother Kit's ship, which disappeared in the Mediterranean.ship.



* CoolShip: Piers's ''Dolphin''; Tamsyn's ''Joyous Venture''; the royal fleet's ''Great Harry'' and ''Mary Rose'', which they tour on a visit to the Dockyard.
* ChristmasMiracle: Kit returns alive and well on Christmas Eve, after a miraculous rescue plus all-expenses-paid two-year round trip to India, no opt-out.



!!''Brother Dusty-Feet''
A runaway headed for Oxford joins a troupe of strolling players.
* FiveManBand: The Joyous Company, with Hugh as their TagalongKid.
* YoungFutureFamousPeople: Captain Walter Raleigh



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: This first novel is the only one of Sutcliff's HistoricalFiction to have unambiguous magical elements, the wish-granting garden fairies.
* FantasySequence: The chapter in which Perdita and her friend imagine the tapestry figures as their party guests.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Elizabeth I.
* SliceOfLife

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: This first novel is BestFriendsInLaw: Perdita makes friends with Adam Hilyarde, her brother Robin's bestie, when they take her to the only one of Sutcliff's HistoricalFiction to have unambiguous magical elements, fair. They marry many years later.
* CoolShip: Bideford's tallest wool trader,
the wish-granting garden fairies.
* FantasySequence: The chapter in
''Rose of Sharon'', which Perdita and receives a guided tour of courtesy of her friend imagine master, whose ears were trimmed on the tapestry figures as their party guests.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Elizabeth I.
* SliceOfLife
Inca death stone.



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: This first novel is the only one of Sutcliff's HistoricalFiction to have a significant magical element, the wish-granting fairies, but even they could be MaybeMagicMaybeMundane.
* FantasySequence: The chapter in which Perdita and Adam Hilyarde reimagine his drawing room as Samarkand the Golden and its tapestry figures as their party guests.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Queen Elizabeth I.
* IntrepidMerchant: Perdita's brother Robin is to go to sea with their uncle, and means to become master of his own ship.
* SliceOfLife



!!''Brother Dusty-Feet''
Hugh Copplestone runs away from home and falls in with a company of strolling players.
* CanineCompanion: Hugh ditches his abusive aunt and uncle because they've finally done the intolerable: threatened to put down his BigFriendlyDog Argos. He runs away with Hugh and later becomes the beneficiary of a ChristmasMiracle.
* FiveManBand: The Joyous Company Tobias Pennifeather is TheLeader, Jasper Nye is TheLancer, Benjamin Bunsell is TheBigGuy, Jonathan Whiteleafe is TheSmartGuy, Nicholas Bodkyn in TheChick. Hugh is their TagalongKid.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: The Palmer, or the Piper, has an Orphean power to charm animals with his music, which he offer to teach to Hugh.
* TheRunaway: Hugh aims for Oxford, the demi-paradise where his father went to university, but the Joyous Company does just as well for him. Eventually he is spotted by an old friend of his father's and offered a settled home and the tuition, an opportunity which the actors insist he seize.
* StockPunishment: The reward of actors who perform without a license, especially in miserable little villages in the New Forest.
* WalkingTheEarth: Travelling actors belong to the fraternity of itinerant riff-raff, along with pilgrims like [[WanderingMinstrel the Palmer]], [[SnakeOilSalesman Zackary Hawkins]], [[CrazyHomelessPeople the Tom-o'-Bedlam]], and other assorted carnies and ne'er-do-wells. The Tom-o'-Bedlam gives him an InitiationCeremony called the Seisin of the Road.
* YoungFutureFamousPeople: The Fine Gentleman, Captain Walter Raleigh.



Damaris and Peter shelter a wounded Jacobite smuggler.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: The events of the novel are an episode in passing among Tom Wildgoose's adventures.

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Damaris and Peter Two children in the Sussex smuggling country shelter a wounded Jacobite smuggler.
spy.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: The events of BatmanInMyBasement: Damaris discovers Tom "Wildgoose" in the novel are woods with a bullet in his leg the day after a smuggling run and stashes him in an episode abandoned cottage. She enlists her best friend Peter and the local witch doctor Genty Small to perform surgery and feed him. Luckily for Tom, hiding hot goods and dodging the customs officers is in passing among their blood.
* ExactWords: When Damaris asks
Tom Wildgoose's adventures.whether he's a spy, her new friend replies that the letters he's carrying can't possibly threaten King George's peace.
* GreatEscape: After Tom is arrested and locked up in the squire's barn, Damaris and Genty [[VoodooDoll threaten the stablemaster]] into arranging [[FieryCoverup a distraction]] to cover his escape. Then he has skulk in Genty's secret cellar until it's time to retrieve his secret documents by walking into the middle of a smuggling run intercepted by a police raid.



* StillFightingTheCivilWar: Tom is too romantic to abandon the Jacobite cause, even knowing that Bonnie Prince Charlie is a hopeless prospect in more ways than one.



* "Death of a City" 61 AD: LastStand
* "Rome Builds a Wall" 123 AD: TheEngineer, OneLastJob
* "Outpost Fortress" 150 AD: EnsignNewbie, FaceYourFears
* "Traprain Law" 196 AD: ForWantOfANail, MaybeMagicMaybeMundane
* "Frontier Scout" 280 AD: BringHelpBack
* "The Eagles Fly South" 383 AD: GreatOffscreenWar, EndOfAnEra

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* "Death 61 CE Death of a City" 61 AD: City: LastStand
* "Rome 123 CE Rome Builds a Wall" 123 AD: Wall: TheEngineer, OneLastJob
* "Outpost Fortress" 150 AD: CE Outpost Fortress: EnsignNewbie, FaceYourFears
* "Traprain Law" 196 AD: CE Traprain Law: ForWantOfANail, MaybeMagicMaybeMundane
* "Frontier Scout" 280 AD: CE Frontier Scout: BringHelpBack
* "The 383 CE The Eagles Fly South" 383 AD: South: GreatOffscreenWar, EndOfAnEra



* ThrowingOffTheDisability: An aversion, which is the whole point. Lucian has fled from acknowledging the DreamCrushingHandicap until he has to to protect the deserter.

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* PrayerIsALastResort:
-->The affair was out of his hands now; only the gods could hold back the terrible thing from happening. In desperation, with no time to think, he did the one thing that was left. He made a sacrifice to the gods. It was an odd sacrifice, but strong, for it meant giving up old dreams that he had not known until that instant he was still clinging on to; it meant doing the hardest and bravest thing he had ever done in his life.
* ThrowingOffTheDisability: An aversion, which is the whole point. To save the deserter, Lucian has fled from acknowledging not only to finally accept his DreamCrushingHandicap, but cheerfully admit it to the DreamCrushingHandicap until he has Centurion.
* WouldHurtAChild: The deserter is desperate enough
to to protect threaten Lucian, which doesn't work.
!!''We Lived in Drumfyvie''
Citizens of a Scottish Royal Burgh witness its social changes and great events over
the deserter.course of more than seven hundred years. Originally written as radioplays for BBC Scotland.
* 1137 CE Duncan the Red: FeudalOverlord
* 1139 CE The Red Sheriff: KarmicDeath
* 1160 CE Midsummer Fair: IntrepidMerchant, BarBrawl, StockPunishment, LoopholeAbuse
* 1314 CE The Man Who Liked A Peaceful Life: StormingTheCastle
* 1360 CE A Burgess Builds His House: RichSuitorPoorSuitor, UnableToSupportAWife
* 1443 CE The Pest Comes to Drumfyvie: ThePlague
* 1512 CE The Man-at-Arms: HeterosexualLifePartner, CurbStompBattle
* 1562 CE A House With Glass Windows: BigFancyHouse, NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished
* 1588 CE WitchHunt!: ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin
* 1638 CE We Sign the Covenant: HeterosexualLifePartner, GiveMeLibertyOrGiveMeDeath
* 1644 CE "God Be with You": FightingTheLancer, SupportingLeader, HeroicSuicide
* 1740 CE Anderson Brothers: IntrepidMerchant, BlitheSpirit
* 1785 CE Drumfyvie Elects A Provost: KingOfTheHomeless
* 1897 CE The Jubilee Wing: TheVicar, RibbonCuttingCeremony
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* AllFirstPersonNarratorsWriteLikeNovelists:
** Artos, ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; a dozen narrators in ''The Flowers of Adonis''; Dexius in ''Swallows in the Spring''; six generations of Calpurnii in ''The Capricorn Bracelet''; fourteen citizens in ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Jestyn Englishman in ''Blood Feud''; Cadwan and Agricola in ''Song for a Dark Queen''; Quintus in ''Eagle's Egg'' ; Hugh Herriot in ''Bonnie Dundee''; Prosper in ''The Shining Company''.



** CanineCompanion: Esca "the Centurion's hound" in ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Cullen "the Hound of Curoi" in ''[[Literature/TheDolphinRing The Silver Branch]]''; Drem is a "Hound of Dumnorix in ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Randal the dog-boy in ''Literature/KnightsFee''; ''The Hound of Ulster'', Cú Chulainn; Jestyn in ''Blood Feud''; Hugh Herriot in ''Bonnie Dundee''.
** SavageWolves: Saxon raiders, or "Sea Wolves"; the Frontier Scouts of ''Literature/FrontierWolf''; Ari "Grey Wolf" Knudsen of ''[[Literature/TheDolphinRing The Shield Ring]]''; "lone wolves" Aquila of ''The Lantern Bearers'' and Jestyn again; Tethra in ''The Changeling''.

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** CanineCompanion: Esca "the Centurion's hound" in ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Cullen "the Hound of Curoi" in ''[[Literature/TheDolphinRing The Silver Branch]]''; Drem is a "Hound of Dumnorix Dumnorix" in ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Randal the dog-boy in ''Literature/KnightsFee''; ''The Hound of Ulster'', Cú Chulainn; Jestyn Englishman in ''Blood Feud''; Hugh Herriot in ''Bonnie Dundee''.
Dundee''; Conn in ''The Shining Company''.
** SavageWolves: Saxon raiders, or "Sea Wolves"; the Frontier Scouts of ''Literature/FrontierWolf''; Ari "Grey Wolf" Knudsen of ''[[Literature/TheDolphinRing The Shield Ring]]''; "lone wolves" Aquila of ''The Lantern Bearers'' and Jestyn again; adopted "wolf-cubs" Beric in ''Literature/{{Outcast}}'' and Tethra in ''The Changeling''.



* AuthorAppeal: Every trope in this folder, pretty much, but HeroicSacrifice, UndyingLoyalty, DescriptionPorn, HeterosexualLifePartners and a CanineCompanion are a good start.

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* AuthorAppeal: Every trope in this folder, pretty much, but HeroicSacrifice, UndyingLoyalty, DescriptionPorn, UndyingLoyalty, HeroicSacrifice, HeterosexualLifePartners and a CanineCompanion are a good start.



** Acquired physical disabilities: John Carey, ''Simon''; Marcus, ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Talore, ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Midir, ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord''; Lucian, ''The Fugitives''; Timotheus, ''The Flowers of Adonis''; Lucius Calpurnius, ''The Capricorn Bracelet''; Rory the Dirk, ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Jestyn, ''Blood Feud''; Hugh Herriot, ''Bonnie Dundee''; Conn, ''The Shining Company''; Onund Treefoot, ''Sword Song''.

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** Acquired physical disabilities: John Carey, ''Simon''; Marcus, ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Talore, ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Midir, ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord''; Lucian, ''The Fugitives''; Timotheus, ''The Flowers of Adonis''; Lucius Calpurnius, ''The Capricorn Bracelet''; Rory the Dirk, ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Jestyn, Jestyn Englishman, ''Blood Feud''; Hugh Herriot, ''Bonnie Dundee''; Conn, ''The Shining Company''; Onund Treefoot, ''Sword Song''.



* CadreOfForeignBodyguards: The bodyguard of the Byzantine emperor is featured in several novels as a kind of French Foreign Legion analogue. Jestyn, Thormod, and Anders are part of the founding of the Varangian Guard in ''Blood Feud''; Prosper and Cynan ride off into the sunrise to join it at the end of ''The Shining Company''; and Bedwyr is on his way to join it when he meets Artos and takes up with him instead in ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''. Sir Everard d'Aguillon says he'd join it if he were young in ''Literature/KnightsFee''.
** Allectus has a Saxon bodyguard/secret police/private army in ''The Silver Branch''.
** Thomas Keith, the BraveScot servant of the Albanian rulers of Ottoman Egypt, in ''Blood and Sand''. Considering he once fought off ten assassins single-handed and became a general and the governor of Medina, he might count as a cadre.
* CallToAgriculture: Part-time occupation or ultimate destiny of many characters, true to their pre-industrial and often rural settings: Adam Hilyarde, ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''; Simon Carey, ''Simon''; Marcus et al., ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Beric and Justinius (as horse-breeders), ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; Bjorn and Frytha, ''The Shield Ring''; Flavius, ''The Silver Branch''; Drem, ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Aquila (as a slave), ''The Lantern Bearers''; Sir Thomas Fairfax, ''The Rider of the White Horse''; Randal and the d'Aguillons, ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Owain, ''Dawn Wind''; Artos (horse-breeding), ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Aracos, ''A Circlet of Oak Leaves''; Lovel (physic gardening), ''The Witch's Brat''; Jestyn (cow herd), ''Blood Feud''; Damaris Crocker and Peter Ballard, ''Flame-Coloured Taffeta''; Bjarni and Angharad, ''Sword Song''.

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* CadreOfForeignBodyguards: The bodyguard of the Byzantine emperor is featured in several novels as a kind of French Foreign Legion analogue. Jestyn, Thormod, and Anders are part of the founding of the Varangian Guard in ''Blood Feud''; Prosper and Cynan ride off into the sunrise to join it at the end of ''The Shining Company''; and Bedwyr is on his way to join it when he meets Artos and takes up with him instead in ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''. Sir Everard d'Aguillon says he'd join it if he were young in ''Literature/KnightsFee''.
** Allectus has a Saxon bodyguard/secret police/private army in ''The Silver Branch''.
** Thomas Keith, the BraveScot servant of the Albanian rulers of Ottoman Egypt, in ''Blood and Sand''. Considering he once fought off ten assassins single-handed and became a general and the governor of Medina, he might count as a cadre.
* CallToAgriculture: Part-time occupation or ultimate destiny of many characters, true to their pre-industrial and often rural settings: settings.
**
Adam Hilyarde, ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''; Simon Carey, ''Simon''; Marcus et al., ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Beric and Justinius (as horse-breeders), ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; Bjorn and Frytha, ''The Shield Ring''; Flavius, ''The Silver Branch''; Drem, ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Aquila (as a slave), ''The Lantern Bearers''; Sir Thomas Fairfax, ''The Rider of the White Horse''; Randal and the d'Aguillons, ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Owain, ''Dawn Wind''; Artos (horse-breeding), ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Aracos, ''A Circlet of Oak Leaves''; Lovel (physic gardening), ''The Witch's Brat''; Jestyn Englishman (cow herd), ''Blood Feud''; Damaris Crocker and Peter Ballard, ''Flame-Coloured Taffeta''; Bjarni and Angharad, ''Sword Song''.



* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Romance is not a prominent element in most of Sutcliff's stories, so if anyone does get together, it's probably two longtime platonic friends, and frequently via LastMinuteHookup.

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** Using a sword to mark ThisIsMySide of ThereIsOnlyOneBed in ''Literature/SwordAtSunset'' and ''Song for a Dark Queen'' refers to Pwyll of Dyfed's adventures in the ''Literature/{{Mabinogion}}''.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Romance is usually not a prominent element in most of Sutcliff's stories, element, so if anyone does get together, it's probably two longtime platonic friends, and frequently via LastMinuteHookup.



* ComingOfAgeStory: Classic YoungAdult growing up, figuring out where you belong, deciding what to do with your life stuff.
** ''Simon''; ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; ''The Shield Ring''; ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; ''Literature/KnightsFee''; ''Dawn Wind''; ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord''; ''The Witch's Brat''; ''A Crown of Wild Olive''; ''The Capricorn Bracelet''; ''The Changeling''; ''Blood Feud''; ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''; ''Flowering Dagger''; ''Literature/FrontierWolf''; ''Bonnie Dundee''; ''The Shining Company''; ''Sword Song''.



** ''Blood Feud'': Christian and doctor Jestyn swears a pagan blood feud.

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** ''Blood Feud'': Christian and doctor Jestyn Englishman swears a pagan blood feud.



* CreatorProvincialism: Sutcliff grew up in north Devonshire and later lived in the Down Country in Sussex. She set many of her books in both regions. On a broader scale, almost all of her writing concerns the history or mythology of the British Isles, with few sidetrips elsewhere.
** The West Country: ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''; ''The Armourer's House''; ''Brother Dusty-Feet''; ''Simon''; ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; ''Blood Feud''.
** The Down Country and Selsey: ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; ''The Silver Branch''; ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; ''The Lantern Bearers''; ''Literature/KnightsFee''; ''Dawn Wind''; ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; ''The Witch's Brat''; ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''; ''Flowering Dagger''; ''Flame-Coloured Taffeta''.
** Aversions: ''The Flowers of Adonis'', ''A Crown of Wild Olive'', ''Blood Feud'', ''Black Ships Before Troy'' and ''The Wanderings of Odysseus'' (Greece); ''Literature/{{Outcast}}'' (Italy); ''Blood and Sand'' (Ottoman Egypt).



** Briton vs. Briton: ''The Changeling'', ''Literature/WarriorScarlet'', ''The Mark of the Horse Lord''

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** Briton vs. Briton: ''The Changeling'', ''Literature/WarriorScarlet'', ''The Mark of the Horse Lord''''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord''



* TheExile: A recurring form of marginalisation, like disability and enslavement.
** Beric in ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; Evicatos, ''The Silver Branch''; Drem in ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Owain, ''Dawn Wind''; Midir, ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord''; Stripey, ''Swallows in the Spring''; Tethra, ''The Changeling''; Alexios, ''Literature/FrontierWolf''; Hugh Herriot, ''Bonnie Dundee''; Tom Wildgoose, ''Flame-Coloured Taffeta''; Bjarni Sigurdson, ''Sword Song''.



* HeterosexualLifePartners: If it's not the central relationship of the book, the protagonist probably has one in the background. ([[OneThingLedToAnother Inevitably leads to]] HoYay.) Usually a magnet for AnyoneCanDie.
** Robin Pettle and Adam Hilyarde, ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''; Simon Carey and Amias Hannaford, ''Simon''; Marcus and Esca, ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Justin and Flavius, ''The Silver Branch''; Drem and Vortrix, ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Androphon and Cador, ''The Bridge-Builders''; Randal and Bevis d'Aguillon, ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Artos and Bedwyr, ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Amyntas and Leon, ''A Crown of Wild Olive''; Jamie and Johnnie Douglas, Eckie Brock and Donal Dhu, Johnnie Forsyth and Hugh Maitland, ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Jestyn and Thormod, ''Blood Feud''; Lubrin Dhu and Dara, ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''; Alexios and Cunorix, ''Literature/FrontierWolf''; Darklis Ruthven and Jean Cochrane, ''Bonnie Dundee''; Thomas Keith and Tussun Bey, ''Blood and Sand''; Prosper and Conn, ''The Shining Company''.

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* HeterosexualLifePartners: If it's not the central relationship of the book, the protagonist probably has one in the background. ([[OneThingLedToAnother Inevitably leads to]] HoYay.) Usually A frequent source of HoYay and a magnet for AnyoneCanDie.
** Robin Pettle and Adam Hilyarde, ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''; Simon Carey and Amias Hannaford, ''Simon''; Marcus and Esca, ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Justin and Flavius, ''The Silver Branch''; Drem and Vortrix, ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Androphon and Cador, ''The Bridge-Builders''; Randal and Bevis d'Aguillon, ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Artos and Bedwyr, ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Amyntas and Leon, ''A Crown of Wild Olive''; Jamie and Johnnie Douglas, Eckie Brock and Donal Dhu, Johnnie Forsyth and Hugh Maitland, ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Jestyn Englishman and Thormod, Thormod Sitricson, ''Blood Feud''; Lubrin Dhu and Dara, ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''; Alexios and Cunorix, ''Literature/FrontierWolf''; Darklis Ruthven and Jean Cochrane, ''Bonnie Dundee''; Thomas Keith and Tussun Bey, ''Blood and Sand''; Prosper and Conn, ''The Shining Company''.



** ''The Mark of the Horse Lord'': the Horse Lords are expected to commit some form of HeroicSuicide if hard times require a HumanSacrifice.

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** ''The Mark of the Horse Lord'': ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord'': the Horse Lords are expected to commit some form of HeroicSuicide if hard times require a HumanSacrifice.



* KillTheOnesYouLove: Sutcliff heroes, always making the hard choices.
** HeterosexualLifePartners Roundhead Simon and Cavalier Amias [[spoiler:try and fail to kill each other]] in battle in ''Simon''.
** Roman Marcus kills [[spoiler:his British might-have-been friend Cradoc]] in battle in ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''.
** Owain euthanises [[spoiler:his injured CanineCompanion, Dog]], in ''[[Literature/TheDolphinRing Dawn Wind]]''.
** Gladiator Phaedrus fights his only friend Vortimax to the death in the arena in ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord''.
** HeterosexualLifePartners Cuchulainn and Ferdia duel to the death in ''The Hound of Ulster'', as in [[Literature/TainBoCuailnge the legends on which it's based.]]
** [[spoiler:Lubrin Dhu]] is sacrificed by Cradoc, who would have been his friend if he hadn't conquered his tribe, in ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''.
** WeUsedToBeFriends Thormod and Anders swear a blood feud over the deaths of their fathers in ''Blood Feud''.
** Alexios mercy-kills [[spoiler: his best friend Cunorix's brother Connla, then fights Cunorix to the death]] in ''Literature/FrontierWolf''.
** Redcoat Hugh kills [[spoiler:his rebel cousin Alan, whom he had once idolised, and later puts down his wounded horse Jock]], in ''Bonnie Dundee''.
** Cynan Mac Clydno mercy-kills [[spoiler:his youngest brother, Cynran]] at the battle of Catraeth in ''The Shining Company''.
** Killing the wounded is considered more merciful than leaving them to the enemy by most of her soldier characters.

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* KillTheOnesYouLove: Sutcliff heroes, always making the hard choices.
** HeterosexualLifePartners Roundhead Simon and Cavalier Amias [[spoiler:try and fail to kill each other]] in battle in ''Simon''.
** Roman Marcus kills [[spoiler:his British might-have-been friend Cradoc]] in battle in ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''.
** Owain euthanises [[spoiler:his injured CanineCompanion, Dog]], in ''[[Literature/TheDolphinRing Dawn Wind]]''.
** Gladiator Phaedrus fights his only friend Vortimax to the death
IntrepidMerchant: From Merchant Venturers in the arena in ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord''.
** HeterosexualLifePartners Cuchulainn
Age of Exploration, to Viking traders, to wandering blacksmiths and Ferdia duel to the death quack doctors.
** Robin Pettle
in ''The Hound Queen Elizabeth Story''; Martin, Kit, Piers and Tamsyn Caunter in ''The Armourer's House''; Zackary Hawkins in ''Brother Dusty-Feet''; "Demetrius of Ulster'', as Alexandria" in [[Literature/TainBoCuailnge ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Aristobulo in ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; the legends on which it's based.]]
** [[spoiler:Lubrin Dhu]] is sacrificed by Cradoc, who would have been his friend if he hadn't conquered his tribe,
bronze-smith in ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''.
** WeUsedToBeFriends Thormod
''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Laef Thorkelson in ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Sinnoch the Merchant in ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord''; Thorkel Thorkelsson and Anders swear a blood feud over the deaths of their fathers John and Anita Anderson in ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Hakon Ketilson in ''Blood Feud''.
Feud''; Phanes of Syracuse in ''The Shining Company''; Heriolf the Merchant in ''Sword Song''.
* KillTheOnesYouLove:
** MercyKill: Owain and Dog, ''Dawn Wind''; Artos and Ambrosius, ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Alexios mercy-kills [[spoiler: his best friend Cunorix's brother and Connla, then fights Cunorix to the death]] in ''Literature/FrontierWolf''.
** Redcoat
''Literature/FrontierWolf''; Hugh kills [[spoiler:his rebel cousin Alan, whom he had once idolised, Herriot and later puts down his wounded horse Jock]], in Jock, ''Bonnie Dundee''.
**
Dundee''; Prosper and the white hart, Cynan and Cynran Mac Clydno mercy-kills [[spoiler:his youngest brother, Cynran]] at the battle of Catraeth in Clydno, ''The Shining Company''.
** Killing the wounded is considered more merciful than leaving them to the enemy by most HonorBeforeReason: Simon Carey and Amias Hannaford, ''Simon''; Marcus and Cradoc, ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Cuchulainn and Ferdia, ''The Hound of her soldier characters.Ulster''; Phaedrus and Vortimax, ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord''; Lubrin Dhu and Cradock, ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''.
** WeUsedToBeFriends: Thormod Sitricson and Anders Herjolfson, ''Blood Feud''; Alexois and Cunorix, ''Literature/FrontierWolf''; Hugh Herriot and Alan Armstrong, ''Bonnie Dundee''.



** Esca, ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Beric and Jason, ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; Aquila and Flavia, ''The Lantern Bearers''; Owain and Regina, ''Dawn Wind''; Dara, ''The Chief's Daughter''; Timandra, and the Athenian prisoners, ''The Flowers of Adonis''; Jestyn, ''Blood Feud''; the Iceni-Epidi tribe, ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''; Thomas Keith, ''Blood and Sand''; Conn and Aneirin, ''The Shining Company''; Muirgoed and Erp Mac Meldin, ''Sword Song''.

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** Esca, ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Beric and Jason, ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; Aquila and Flavia, ''The Lantern Bearers''; Owain and Regina, ''Dawn Wind''; Dara, ''The Chief's Daughter''; Timandra, and the Athenian prisoners, ''The Flowers of Adonis''; Jestyn, Jestyn Englishman, ''Blood Feud''; the Iceni-Epidi tribe, ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''; Thomas Keith, ''Blood and Sand''; Conn and Aneirin, ''The Shining Company''; Muirgoed and Erp Mac Meldin, ''Sword Song''.



** Jonathan Whiteleafe, ''Brother Dusty-Feet''; Marcus (posing as an occulist), ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Justinius, ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; Brother Ninnias, ''The Lantern Bearers''; Lovel, Brother Eustace, and Brother Peter, ''The Witch's Brat''; Wattie Aiken, ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Brother Pebwyr, ''The Shining Company''.
** CombatMedic: Amias and Odysseus Hannaford, ''Simon''; Justin, ''The Silver Branch''; Gwalchmai, ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Aracos, ''A Circlet of Oak Leaves''; Jestyn, ''Blood Feud''.
** Wise-women: Tiffany Simcock, ''The Armourer's House''; Mother Trimble, ''Simon''; Rowena, ''The Lantern Bearers''; Ancret, ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Ia, ''The Changeling''; Genty Small, ''Flame-Coloured Taffeta''; Old Nurse, the Queen and Princess Niamh, ''The Shining Company''; Angharad, ''Sword Song''.

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** Jonathan Whiteleafe, ''Brother Dusty-Feet''; Marcus (posing as an occulist), ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Justinius, ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; Dusty-Feet''; Brother Ninnias, ''The Lantern Bearers''; Lovel, Brother Eustace, and Brother Peter, ''The Witch's Brat''; Wattie Aiken, ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Brother Pebwyr, ''The Shining Company''.
** CombatMedic: Amias and Odysseus Hannaford, ''Simon''; Marcus (posing as an occulist), ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Justinius, ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; Justin, ''The Silver Branch''; Gwalchmai, ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Aracos, ''A Circlet of Oak Leaves''; Jestyn, Tethra, ''The Changeling''; Jestyn Englishman, ''Blood Feud''.
** Wise-women: Lizzy Cobbledick, ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''; Tiffany Simcock, ''The Armourer's House''; Mother Trimble, ''Simon''; Rowena, ''The Lantern Bearers''; Ancret, ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Ia, ''The Changeling''; Lovel's grandmother, ''The Witch's Brat''; Old Effie and Old Nannie, ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Genty Small, ''Flame-Coloured Taffeta''; Old Nurse, the Queen and Princess Niamh, ''The Shining Company''; Angharad, ''Sword Song''.Song''.
* AMinorKidroduction: The novels are typically loosely-plotted affairs with their opening chapters devoted to [[SliceOfLife minor incidents of youth]] that [[ForWantOfANail happen to set the protagonist onto their path]]. Most novels that close on a teenage or young adult protagonist open in their childhood.
** ''Simon'', ''Literature/{{Outcast}}'', ''The Shield Ring'', ''Lady in Waiting'', ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; ''Literature/KnightsFee''; ''Dawn Wind''; ''The Witch's Brat''; ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''; ''Song for a Dark Queen''; ''Bonnie Dundee''; ''The Shining Company''. ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth'' has an important flashback embedded in its first chapter.



** Beric and Justinius, ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; Bjorn Bjornsson, ''The Shield Ring''; Carausius/Curoi, and the Flavius family, ''The Silver Branch''; Blai and the Half People, ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; the Minnow and Mull, ''The Lantern Bearers''; Artos, Ygerna, and Cerdic, ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Randal, ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Uncle Widreth, ''Dawn Wind''; Phaedrus and Liadhan, ''The Mark of the Horse Lord''; Tethra (by adoption), ''The Changeling''; Jestyn Englishman and Erland Silkbeard, ''Blood Feud''; Alexios, ''Literature/FrontierWolf''; Darklis Ruthven, ''Bonnie Dundee''.

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** Beric and Justinius, ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; Bjorn Bjornsson, ''The Shield Ring''; Carausius/Curoi, and the Flavius family, ''The Silver Branch''; Blai and the Half People, ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; the Minnow and Mull, ''The Lantern Bearers''; Artos, Bedwyr, Ygerna, and Cerdic, ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Randal, ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Uncle Widreth, ''Dawn Wind''; Phaedrus Phaedrus, Sinnoch, and Liadhan, ''The Mark of the Horse Lord''; ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord''; Tethra (by adoption), ''The Changeling''; Jestyn Englishman and Erland Silkbeard, ''Blood Feud''; Lubrin Dhu, ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''; Alexios, ''Literature/FrontierWolf''; Darklis Ruthven, ''Bonnie Dundee''.



** Artists: Piers in ''The Armourer's House''; Jason in ''{{Outcast}}''; Lucian in ''The Fugitives''; Nick Redpoll and Brother Luke in ''The Witch's Brat''; Lubrin Dhu in ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''; and Hugh Herriot, his father, and Cornelius van Meere in ''Bonnie Dundee''.

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** Artists: Piers in ''The Armourer's House''; Jason in ''{{Outcast}}''; Lucian in ''The Fugitives''; Nick Redpoll and Brother Luke in ''The Witch's Brat''; Lubrin Dhu and Gault in ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''; and Hugh Herriot, his father, and Cornelius van Meere in ''Bonnie Dundee''.



* SatelliteLoveInterest: To a degree. Female love interests are rounded characters, but their story function is to be the hero's female friend they're seldom involved in the main events of the plot or connected to main characters other than the hero. Sutcliff's few female protagonists tend to have {{Deuteragonist}} male love interests.
** ''Simon'': Simon meets Susanna Killigrew for a single chapter. She doesn't come into contact with the rest of the cast until the epilogue.
** ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth'': Marcus literally forgets about Cottia while he's off on his quest, and she is completely absent from TheFilmOfTheBook.
** ''[[Literature/TheDolphinRing The Lantern Bearers]]'': Ness is a critical part of Aquila's CharacterDevelopment, but has no scenes with other main characters.
** ''Literature/KnightsFee'': Gisella appears in three scenes and interacts only with Randal.
** ''[[Literature/TheDolphinRing Dawn Wind]]'': Regina is off-screen for most of the book and interacts only with Owain.
** ''Literature/SwordAtSunset'': Guenhumara is a vital component of TriangRelations, but not of the rest of the plot and seldom interacts with anyone but her love interests.
** ''Blood Feud'': Alexia has no involvement in the A-plot and interacts primarily with Jestyn.
** ''Blood and Sand'': While the rest of the cast are based on real people, Thomas's wife Anoud was invented as a StandardHeroReward.
** ''The Shining Company'': Princess Niamh's role in the story is to have an unrequited crush on Cynan Mac Clydno.
** ''[[Literature/TheDolphinRing Sword Song]]'': The other plot arcs are based on real people and events, but Angharad's arc is invented to introduce a love interest for Bjarni.

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* SatelliteLoveInterest: To a degree. Female love interests are rounded characters, but their story function is to be the hero's female friend friend. While sometimes very important to his motivations or CharacterDevelopment, they're seldom directly involved in the main events of the plot or connected to main characters shown interacting much with the other than the hero.main characters. Sutcliff's few female protagonists tend to have {{Deuteragonist}} male love interests.
** ''Simon'': Simon meets Susanna Killigrew for a single chapter. She doesn't come into contact with the rest of the cast until the epilogue.
** ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth'': Marcus literally forgets about Cottia while he's off on his quest, and she is completely absent from TheFilmOfTheBook.
** ''[[Literature/TheDolphinRing The
Killigrew, ''Simon''; Cottia, ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Ness, ''The Lantern Bearers]]'': Ness is a critical part of Aquila's CharacterDevelopment, but has no scenes with other main characters.
** ''Literature/KnightsFee'': Gisella appears in three scenes and interacts only with Randal.
** ''[[Literature/TheDolphinRing Dawn Wind]]'': Regina is off-screen for most of the book and interacts only with Owain.
** ''Literature/SwordAtSunset'': Guenhumara is a vital component of TriangRelations, but not of the rest of the plot and seldom interacts with anyone but her love interests.
**
Bearers''; Gisella, ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Regina, ''Dawn Wind''; Guenhumara, ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Alexia, ''Blood Feud'': Alexia has no involvement in the A-plot and interacts primarily with Jestyn.
**
Feud''; Anoud, ''Blood and Sand'': While the rest of the cast are based on real people, Thomas's wife Anoud was invented as a StandardHeroReward.
**
Sand''; Niamh, ''The Shining Company'': Princess Niamh's role in the story is to have an unrequited crush on Cynan Mac Clydno.
** ''[[Literature/TheDolphinRing Sword Song]]'': The other plot arcs are based on real people and events, but Angharad's arc is invented to introduce a love interest for Bjarni.
Company''; Angharad, ''Sword Song''.



*** The phrase "a singing magic", used by Flavia and Aquila in ''The Lantern Bearers'' and Ia in ''The Changeling'', is taken from "[[http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/k/kipling/rudyard/justso/chapter11.html#chapter11 The Cat Who Walked By Himself]]" in the ''Literature/JustSoStories''.
*** "Oar-thresh", a word used by Bruni in ''The Lantern Bearers'', is coined by a character in "[[http://www.online-literature.com/kipling/3775/ The Finest Story in the World]]".



*** The character of Rahere in ''The Witch's Brat'' is influenced by his portrayal in "The Tree of Justice" in ''Rewards''.
*** The phrase "a singing magic", used by Drem in ''Literature/WarriorScarlet'', Flavia and Aquila in ''The Lantern Bearers'' and Ia in ''The Changeling'', is taken from "[[http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/k/kipling/rudyard/justso/chapter11.html#chapter11 The Cat Who Walked By Himself]]" in the ''Literature/JustSoStories''.
*** "Oar-thresh", a word used by Bruni in ''The Lantern Bearers'', is coined by a character in "[[http://www.online-literature.com/kipling/3775/ The Finest Story in the World]]".



** Esca in ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Beric in ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; Drem in ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Aquila and Flavia in ''The Lantern Bearers''; Randal (as a villein) in ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Owain and Regina in ''Dawn Wind''; the citizens of Eburacum in ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Phaedrus in ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord''; Dara in ''The Chief's Daughter''; Arcadius and Timandra in ''The Flowers of Adonis''; Jestyn in ''Blood Feud''; the Iceni in ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''; Thomas Keith in ''Blood and Sand''; Conn and Aneirin in ''The Shining Company''; Muirgoed and Erp Mac Meldin in ''Sword Song''.

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** Esca in ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Beric in ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; Drem in ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Aquila and Flavia in ''The Lantern Bearers''; Randal (as a villein) in ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Owain and Regina in ''Dawn Wind''; the citizens of Eburacum in ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Phaedrus in ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord''; Dara in ''The Chief's Daughter''; Arcadius and Timandra in ''The Flowers of Adonis''; Jestyn Englishman in ''Blood Feud''; the Iceni in ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''; Thomas Keith in ''Blood and Sand''; Conn and Aneirin in ''The Shining Company''; Muirgoed and Erp Mac Meldin in ''Sword Song''.



* {{Supporting Protagonist}}s: [[HeterosexualLifePartners Heterosexual Life Partnerships]] are often seen from the perspective of the less dynamic (or [[SubordinateExcuse socially inferior]]) of the pair.
** ''Shifting Sands'': Blue Feather is the DamselInDistress over which her love interest and the villain clash.
** ''The Flowers of Adonis'': the entire novel is narrated by characters who cross paths with protagonist Alkibiades.
** ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse'': Lubrin is the BlackSheep best friend of the future chief.
** ''Song for a Dark Queen'': the life of Boudicca and her family as witnessed by her harper.
** ''The Silver Branch'': Justin is TheLancer to his cousin Flavius
** ''The Shining Company'': Prosper is shield-bearer to knight Cynan
** ''Sword Song'': Bjarni is a hired sword to various real-life Viking lords
** ''Blood Feud'': Jestyn follows his blood brother to Constantinople
** ''The Shield Ring'': Frytha follows Bjorn around
** ''Literature/KnightsFee'': Randal is squire to the d'Aguillons
** ''Lady in Waiting'': Elizabeth Throckmorten supports the career of her husband Sir Walter Ralegh
** ''The Rider of the White Horse'': Anne Fairfax follows her husband Sir Thomas through the English Civil Wars
** ''Simon'': Simon is the follower to Amias's leader
** ''Bonnie Dundee'': Hugh and Darklis are attendants to Lord and Lady Dundee
** ''Flame-Coloured Taffeta'': two children shelter a Jacobite adventurer

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* {{Supporting Protagonist}}s: [[HeterosexualLifePartners Heterosexual Life Partnerships]] are often SupportingProtagonist: Relationships of UndyingLoyalty usually involve a leader and a follower. The leader might be a SupportingLeader, TheMentor, or just the more assertive HeterosexualLifePartner, and is seen from the perspective of the less dynamic (or [[SubordinateExcuse socially inferior]]) of follower, who is often more reserved, lower-ranking in some way, or sometimes the pair.LoveInterest or a FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator.
** ''Shifting Sands'': Blue Feather is the DamselInDistress over which her love interest and the villain clash.
**
Hugh Copplestone, ''Brother Dusty-Feet''; Simon Carey, ''Simon''; Frytha, ''The Flowers of Adonis'': the entire novel is narrated by characters who cross paths with protagonist Alkibiades.
** ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse'': Lubrin is the BlackSheep best friend of the future chief.
** ''Song for a Dark Queen'': the life of Boudicca and her family as witnessed by her harper.
**
Shield Ring''; Justin, ''The Silver Branch'': Justin is TheLancer to his cousin Flavius
** ''The Shining Company'': Prosper is shield-bearer to knight Cynan
** ''Sword Song'': Bjarni is a hired sword to various real-life Viking lords
** ''Blood Feud'': Jestyn follows his blood brother to Constantinople
** ''The Shield Ring'': Frytha follows Bjorn around
** ''Literature/KnightsFee'': Randal is squire to the d'Aguillons
**
Branch''; Bess Throckmorten, ''Lady in Waiting'': Elizabeth Throckmorten supports the career of her husband Sir Walter Ralegh
**
Waiting''; Anne Fairfax, ''The Rider of the White Horse'': Anne Fairfax follows her husband Sir Thomas through the English Civil Wars
** ''Simon'': Simon is the follower to Amias's leader
** ''Bonnie Dundee'':
Horse''; Randal, ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Timotheus, Arcadius, Timandra et al., ''The Flowers of Adonis''; Jestyn Englishman, ''Blood Feud''; Blue Feather, ''Shifting Sands''; Lubrin Dhu, ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''; Hugh and Darklis are attendants to Lord and Lady Dundee
** ''Flame-Coloured Taffeta'': two children shelter a Jacobite adventurer
Herriot ,''Bonnie Dundee''; Prosper, ''The Shining Company''; Bjarni Sigurdson, ''Sword Song''.



* TurbulentPriest: There's a palpable aversion to religious fanaticism in many of Sutcliff books. Though there are as many good religious figures as not, the inimical ones are, unsurprisingly, more likely to affect the plot.
** ''Simon'': Though the Puritans are on the hero's side of the English Civil War, the extremely pious Zeal-for-the-Lord Relf uses scripture as an excuse for his private vendetta, and the ascetic Mistress Killigrew has rather crushed her daughter Susanna.
** ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth'': A wandering druid stirs up the tribal revolt at Isca Dumnoniorum.
** ''Literature/{{Outcast}}'': The village druid objects to the adoption of a Roman foundling because the Romans destroyed the druids.
** ''Literature/WarriorScarlet'': The druid Midir, though eccentric, is highly respected and instrumental in reestablishing Drem in his tribe.
** ''The Lantern Bearers'': Brother Ninnias, a monk, helps Aquila on his escape and the rescue of his nephew, and helps him put his emotional problems into perspective.
** ''Dawn Wind'': The defeated Britons cling stubbornly to their Christian faith, unbeknownst to St. Augustine of Canterbury, the rather arrogant apostle to the Anglo-Saxons.
** ''Literature/SwordAtSunset'': Artos clashes with the landowning Church, who object to paying him to defend God (partly because they're already supporting the local people.) The Archbishop, however, is instrumental in appointing Artos leader of the Britons.
** ''The Fugitives'': Lucius makes a personal sacrifice to put the fugitive's fate in the hands of the gods.
** ''The Chief's Daughter'': The priest, though he initially requires a HumanSacrifice, reinterprets the signs so that Nessam doesn't have to die.
** ''The Truce of the Games'': Amyntas solves his moral dilemma by remembering his duty to the gods.
** ''The Witch's Brat'': Lovel becomes an infirmarian brother of the order that took him in as an orphan; Rahere changes careers from jester to monk.
** ''We Lived in Drumfyvie'': One Drumfyvie priest faces down the Sheriff to plead for a condemned prisoner; another nurses his flock through the plague; another loses his ministry for refusing to impose the Anglican ritual on his Presbyterian parishoners.
** ''Shifting Sands'': The despotic priest-king uses supernatural threats to keep the village in line.
** ''Song for a Dark Queen'': Boudicca's druid advisors encourage her to reject an alliance with the Catuvellauni out of revenge.
** ''Literature/FrontierWolf'': Morvidd the druid encourages the Votadini to rebel against the Romans.
** ''Bonnie Dundee'': The Scottish Covenanters are a fanatical insurgency against King James, who unhesitatingly kill defenseless soldiers and perceived collaborators. Dundee himself, however, marries into a Covenanter family.
** ''Sword Song'': Bjarni kills an arrogant Christian missionary who kicks his dog. He also runs afoul of a priest of Thor whose daughter has a grudge against him. He later works for the Christian Aud the Deep-Minded and meets his pagan chief's Christian foster-brother, and accepts prime-signing out of respect for them. Aud ends a blood feud by refusing to exact further revenge on her son's killers.

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* TurbulentPriest: There's a palpable aversion to religious fanaticism in many of Sutcliff books. Though there are as many good religious figures as not, the inimical ones are, unsurprisingly, more likely to affect the plot.
TurbulentPriest:
** ''Simon'': Though the Puritans are on the hero's side of the English Civil War, the extremely pious Allies: Zeal-for-the-Lord Relf uses scripture as an excuse for his private vendetta, and the ascetic Relf, Mistress Killigrew has rather crushed her daughter Susanna.
** ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth'': A wandering druid stirs up the tribal revolt at Isca Dumnoniorum.
** ''Literature/{{Outcast}}'': The village druid objects to the adoption of a Roman foundling because the Romans destroyed the druids.
** ''Literature/WarriorScarlet'': The druid
Killigrew, and other Puritans, ''Simon''; Anthonius, ''The Silver Branch''; Midir, though eccentric, is highly respected and instrumental in reestablishing Drem in his tribe.
**
''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Brother Ninnias, ''The Lantern Bearers'': Brother Ninnias, a monk, helps Aquila on his escape Bearers''; Priscilla and the rescue of his nephew, and helps him put his emotional problems into perspective.
**
St. Augustine, ''Dawn Wind'': The defeated Britons cling stubbornly to their Christian faith, unbeknownst to St. Augustine of Canterbury, Wind''; the rather arrogant apostle to the Anglo-Saxons.
** ''Literature/SwordAtSunset'': Artos clashes with the landowning Church, who object to paying him to defend God (partly because they're already supporting the local people.) The Archbishop, however, is instrumental in appointing Artos leader
Archbishop of the Britons.
** ''The Fugitives'': Lucius makes a personal sacrifice to put the fugitive's fate in the hands of the gods.
**
Venta, ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Laethrig, ''The Chief's Daughter'': The priest, though he initially requires a HumanSacrifice, reinterprets Daughter''; Rahere, the signs so that Nessam doesn't have to die.
** ''The Truce
Benedictines of the Games'': Amyntas solves his moral dilemma by remembering his duty to the gods.
**
New Minster, and Lovel, ''The Witch's Brat'': Lovel becomes an infirmarian brother of the order that took him in as an orphan; Rahere changes careers from jester to monk.
**
Brat''; Master Gilliechrist, Master Simon, Andrew Beaton, and John Meikle, ''We Lived in Drumfyvie'': One Drumfyvie priest faces down Drumfyvie''; Aneirin, ''The Shining Company''; Aud the Sheriff to plead for a condemned prisoner; another nurses his flock through Deep-Minded, Brother Gisli, and Brother Ninian, ''Sword Song''.
** Antagonists:
the plague; another loses his ministry for refusing to impose wandering druid, ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Merddyn the Anglican ritual on his Presbyterian parishoners.
**
Druid, ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; the Church, ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Liadhan, ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord''; the Covenanters, ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Long Axe, ''Shifting Sands'': The despotic priest-king uses supernatural threats to keep the village in line.
** ''Song for a Dark Queen'': Boudicca's druid advisors encourage her to reject an alliance with the Catuvellauni out of revenge.
** ''Literature/FrontierWolf'':
Sands''; Morvidd the druid encourages Oak Priest, ''Literature/FrontierWolf''; the Votadini to rebel against the Romans.
**
Covenanters, ''Bonnie Dundee'': The Scottish Covenanters are a fanatical insurgency against King James, who unhesitatingly kill defenseless soldiers Dundee''; Asmund and perceived collaborators. Dundee himself, however, marries into a Covenanter family.
**
Thara Priestsdaughter, ''Sword Song'': Bjarni kills an arrogant Christian missionary who kicks his dog. He also runs afoul of a priest of Thor whose daughter has a grudge against him. He later works for the Christian Aud the Deep-Minded and meets his pagan chief's Christian foster-brother, and accepts prime-signing out of respect for them. Aud ends a blood feud by refusing to exact further revenge on her son's killers.Song''.



** ''The Mark of the Horse Lord'': Phaedrus sacrifices a white stallion at his coronation

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** ''The Mark of the Horse Lord'': ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord'': Phaedrus sacrifices a white stallion at his coronation




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!!Works with their own pages:
* 900 BC: ''Literature/WarriorScarlet'' (1958)
* 126 CE: ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth'' (1954)
** ''Film/TheEagle'' (2011)
* 130 CE: ''Literature/{{Outcast}}'' (1955)
* 180 CE: ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord'' (1965)
* 290 CE: ''The Silver Branch'' (1957), see Literature/TheDolphinRing
* 341 CE: ''Literature/FrontierWolf'' (1980)
* 450 CE: ''The Lantern Bearers'' (1959), see Literature/TheDolphinRing
* 480 CE: ''Literature/SwordAtSunset'' (1963)
* 585 CE: ''Dawn Wind'' (1961), see Literature/TheDolphinRing
* 890 CE: ''Sword Song'' (1997), see Literature/TheDolphinRing
* 1090 CE: ''The Shield Ring'' (1956), see Literature/TheDolphinRing
* 1094 CE: ''Literature/KnightsFee'' (1960)
!! Other works include examples of:

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!!Works with their own pages:
* 900 BC: ''Literature/WarriorScarlet'' (1958)
* 126 CE: ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth'' (1954)
** ''Film/TheEagle'' (2011)
* 130 CE: ''Literature/{{Outcast}}'' (1955)
* 180 CE: ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord'' (1965)
* 290 CE: ''The Silver Branch'' (1957), see Literature/TheDolphinRing
* 341 CE: ''Literature/FrontierWolf'' (1980)
* 450 CE: ''The Lantern Bearers'' (1959), see Literature/TheDolphinRing
* 480 CE: ''Literature/SwordAtSunset'' (1963)
* 585 CE: ''Dawn Wind'' (1961), see Literature/TheDolphinRing
* 890 CE: ''Sword Song'' (1997), see Literature/TheDolphinRing
* 1090 CE: ''The Shield Ring'' (1956), see Literature/TheDolphinRing
* 1094 CE: ''Literature/KnightsFee'' (1960)
!! Other Sutcliff's works include examples of:



[[folder:Prehistoric Britain]]
!! '''''Shifting Sands''''' (short story)
Orkney, 2000-1000 BCE. [[OldManMarryingAChild A twelve-year-old girl is promised to the tyrannical chief]] of her prehistoric village, who proposes to [[HumanSacrifice sacrifice]] the [[MurderTheHypotenuse boy she prefers]] to the gods who protect [[ChekhovsVolcano the great sand dune on which the village sits]].
* ChekhovsGift: The CombatHaircomb Long Axe gives to Moon Eye is the only weapon allowed into the sacrificial gathering.
* FullBoarAction: Singing Dog attracts Long Axe's notice when he disputes the credit for killing a ferocious sow. Unfortunately for his survival prospects, this is regarded as tantamount to ChallengingTheChief.
* RescueRomance: Blue Feather and Singing Dog get together when she hurts her foot on the beach.
* AStormIsComing: It's a foregone conclusion to the reader, but Moon Eye warns Long Axe about the rising winds. Unfortunately, Long Axe practices HeadInTheSandManagement.
!! '''''Literature/WarriorScarlet'''''
Britain, 900 BCE. [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Drem]] must pass a [[RiteOfPassage warrior initiation ceremony]] with an [[HandicappedBadass atrophied right arm]], or be [[TheExile cast out]] of his tribe to live among [[SlaveRace the people they conquered]].
!!'''''Flowering Dagger''''' (short story)
Bronze Age Britain. [[StarCrossedLovers A chief's daughter and a hostage from another tribe]] fall in love, before discovering an even more insurmountable obstacle.
* FourthDateMarriage: After being distantly acquainted for more than a year, Saba and Brychan suddenly notice each other for the first time, then immediately acknowledge [[LoveAtFirstSight a powerful sense of connection]]. They pledge their devotion to each other and make plans to elope during their second conversation.
* MosesInTheBulrushes: Brychan was a DoorstopBaby. The titular dagger is his OrphansPlotTrinket, which combined with his DistinguishingMark leads to the revelation of his parentage.
* SuddenlySuitableSuitor: Subverted. Yes, they're from the same tribe after all. That's not all they're both from!
* [[spoiler:SurpriseIncest]]: Whoops.
* [[spoiler:TogetherInDeath: Good thing they've got this dagger handy.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Pervasive. Aside from the characters' conscious hints in dialogue, we have:
** The first paragraphs describe what the scene doesn't yet look like so early in the year, with full growth and beauty still to come, just as Saba and Brychan aren't yet mature (and never will be.)
** Cuckoos aren't just a sign of spring
** The women washing at a ford in the first scene is probably another of Sutcliff's references to the Washer at the Ford, a harbinger of death from Myth/CelticMythology.
** The observation that Cordaella's husband was of the correct degree of kinship to marry, and that Saba is more free to choose, is ironic. Cordaella and Garim's sibling interaction is a marked contrast to Saba and Brychan in the same scene.
** The death of the bee by the sting that's compared to the dagger, the superstitious associations of the elder flower the bee is sitting on, and Saba's remark that she doesn't care if Brychan hurts her removing the sting.
** The observation that Brychan's parents' relationship didn't get enough time for "flowering and fruiting", just as his won't.
** The symbolism of flowering dagger, whose blade holds both life (the flower design) and death, and which is both beautiful and fatal, like Saba and Brychan's love for each other.
!!'''''The Chief's Daughter''''' (short story)
Bronze Age Wales. Nessan [[AirVentPassageway frees]] a prisoner intended for {{human sacrifice}} and [[HeroicSacrifice volunteers]] to take his place.
* TheChiefsDaughter: Averted; the protagonist ''is'' the chief's daughter. And she's ten.
* CargoCult: Nessan's people worship a standing stone called the Black Mother. The negotiation of sacred debt that causes the characters so much mental agony is all done in the name of a rock.
* EquivalentExchange: Nessan initially saved Dara from HumanSacrifice by offering a glass bracelet to the Black Mother. When the stream dries up and the priest decides they need to sacrifice him after all, she engineers his escape knowing that [[BalancingDeathsBooks someone will have to take his place]]. His guard knows he'll have to take the fall, until Nessan [[HeroicSacrifice volunteers]] in his place. When Dara comes upon the Black Mother and finds a spear left as an offering, he takes it in exchange for all his food, inadvertently undamming the stream. When the water returns, the priest concludes that Nessan's ''willingness'' to die was an acceptable sacrifice.
* RidiculouslyDifficultRoute: Nessan sends Dara down the cliff face that's usually covered by the water of the stream.
!! '''''Sun Horse, Moon Horse'''''
100 BCE. Lubrin Dhu, the Iceni chief's BlackSheep artist son, [[YouAreInCommandNow finds himself the spokesman of his clan]] when they are conquered by the Attribates. He ransoms his SlaveRace with the design and construction of a great boundary marker [[spoiler: and his own HeroicSacrifice]].

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[[folder:Prehistoric Britain]]
[[folder: Young Adult Novels]]
!! '''''Shifting Sands''''' (short story)
Orkney, 2000-1000 BCE. [[OldManMarryingAChild A twelve-year-old girl is promised to the tyrannical chief]] of her prehistoric village, who proposes to [[HumanSacrifice sacrifice]] the [[MurderTheHypotenuse boy she prefers]] to the gods who protect [[ChekhovsVolcano the great sand dune on which the village sits]].
* ChekhovsGift: The CombatHaircomb Long Axe gives to Moon Eye is the only weapon allowed into the sacrificial gathering.
* FullBoarAction: Singing Dog attracts Long Axe's notice when he disputes the credit for killing a ferocious sow. Unfortunately for his survival prospects, this is regarded as tantamount to ChallengingTheChief.
* RescueRomance: Blue Feather and Singing Dog get together when she hurts her foot on the beach.
* AStormIsComing: It's a foregone conclusion to the reader, but Moon Eye warns Long Axe about the rising winds. Unfortunately, Long Axe practices HeadInTheSandManagement.
!! '''''Literature/WarriorScarlet'''''
Britain, 900 BCE. [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Drem]] must pass a [[RiteOfPassage warrior initiation ceremony]] with an [[HandicappedBadass atrophied right arm]], or be [[TheExile cast out]] of his tribe to live among [[SlaveRace the people they conquered]].
!!'''''Flowering Dagger''''' (short story)
Bronze Age Britain. [[StarCrossedLovers A chief's daughter and a hostage from another tribe]] fall in love, before discovering an even more insurmountable obstacle.
* FourthDateMarriage: After being distantly acquainted for more than a year, Saba and Brychan suddenly notice each other for the first time, then immediately acknowledge [[LoveAtFirstSight a powerful sense of connection]]. They pledge their devotion to each other and make plans to elope during their second conversation.
* MosesInTheBulrushes: Brychan was a DoorstopBaby. The titular dagger is his OrphansPlotTrinket, which combined with his DistinguishingMark leads to the revelation of his parentage.
* SuddenlySuitableSuitor: Subverted. Yes, they're from the same tribe after all. That's not all they're both from!
* [[spoiler:SurpriseIncest]]: Whoops.
* [[spoiler:TogetherInDeath: Good thing they've got this dagger handy.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Pervasive. Aside from the characters' conscious hints in dialogue, we have:
** The first paragraphs describe what the scene doesn't yet look like so early in the year, with full growth and beauty still to come, just as Saba and Brychan aren't yet mature (and never will be.)
** Cuckoos aren't just a sign of spring
** The women washing at a ford in the first scene is probably another of Sutcliff's references to the Washer at the Ford, a harbinger of death from Myth/CelticMythology.
** The observation that Cordaella's husband was of the correct degree of kinship to marry, and that Saba is more free to choose, is ironic. Cordaella and Garim's sibling interaction is a marked contrast to Saba and Brychan in the same scene.
** The death of the bee by the sting that's compared to the dagger, the superstitious associations of the elder flower the bee is sitting on, and Saba's remark that she doesn't care if Brychan hurts her removing the sting.
** The observation that Brychan's parents' relationship didn't get enough time for "flowering and fruiting", just as his won't.
** The symbolism of flowering dagger, whose blade holds both life (the flower design) and death, and which is both beautiful and fatal, like Saba and Brychan's love for each other.
!!'''''The Chief's Daughter''''' (short story)
Bronze Age Wales. Nessan [[AirVentPassageway frees]] a prisoner intended for {{human sacrifice}} and [[HeroicSacrifice volunteers]] to take his place.
* TheChiefsDaughter: Averted; the protagonist ''is'' the chief's daughter. And she's ten.
* CargoCult: Nessan's people worship a standing stone called the Black Mother. The negotiation of sacred debt that causes the characters so much mental agony is all done in the name of a rock.
* EquivalentExchange: Nessan initially saved Dara from HumanSacrifice by offering a glass bracelet to the Black Mother. When the stream dries up and the priest decides they need to sacrifice him after all, she engineers his escape knowing that [[BalancingDeathsBooks someone will have to take his place]]. His guard knows he'll have to take the fall, until Nessan [[HeroicSacrifice volunteers]] in his place. When Dara comes upon the Black Mother and finds a spear left as an offering, he takes it in exchange for all his food, inadvertently undamming the stream. When the water returns, the priest concludes that Nessan's ''willingness'' to die was an acceptable sacrifice.
* RidiculouslyDifficultRoute: Nessan sends Dara down the cliff face that's usually covered by the water of the stream.
!! '''''Sun
''Sun Horse, Moon Horse'''''
100 BCE.
Horse''
Lubrin Dhu, the Iceni chief's BlackSheep artist son, [[YouAreInCommandNow finds himself the spokesman of his clan]] when they are conquered by the Attribates. He ransoms his SlaveRace with the design and construction of a great boundary marker [[spoiler: and his own HeroicSacrifice]].



!!'''''The Changeling''''' (short story)
Prehistoric Argyll. Tethra, a [[ChangelingTale changeling child]] adopted by the chief of the Epidi, is driven out to rejoin the Little Dark People. When his father is mortally wounded, he must choose between his two tribes.
* MosesInTheBulrushes: Complete with OrphansPlotTrinket, in order to escape HumanSacrifice. He is HappilyAdopted by a MamaBear and PapaWolf.
* OfThePeople: Other Epidi claim that he isn't, and Tethra has to choose whether to throw in his lot with his biological mother or the father who raised him. [[spoiler: He decides that UpbringingMakesTheHero.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Classical Greece]]
!!'''''The Flowers of Adonis''''' (adult novel)
[[AncientGreece Greece, 415-404 BCE]]. The rise and fall (and rise and fall and rise and fall) of Alkibiades, the notorious Athenian politician - and of Athens - through the eyes of his companions as he sets out on the Sicilian Expedition, reignites UsefulNotes/ThePeloponnesianWar, seduces the queen of Sparta, escapes to the Persians, is welcomed back with open arms by the Athenians, and then loses it all again.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Alkibiades; Antiochus; Timandra (loosely); Timea; Agis; Endius; Pharnobazus; Creator/{{Socrates}}; many others.
* SupportingProtagonist: At least eleven, including one from beyond the grave: the Citizen, the Soldier, the Seaman, the Dead, the Priest, the Queen, the King, the Spartan, the Rower, the Whore, the Satrap.
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Sympathetic character = forgives Alkibiades anything.
* ButNotTooGay: Alkibiades is said by Antiochus to be strictly a ladies' man, though he was noted for his beauty in a society where bisexuality was normal (this is consistent with Plutarch's remark that he spurned all his admirers but Socrates.) Arcadius ("The Soldier") falls in love with a comrade who dies before they can do anything about it, and then is never interested in another man.
!!'''''The Truce of the Games''''' / '''''A Crown of Wild Olive''''' (short story)
Greece, 412 BCE. A young Athenian runner [[NotSoDifferent befriends]] his [[WorthyOpponent Spartan competitor]] at the UsefulNotes/OlympicGames in the middle of UsefulNotes/ThePeloponnesianWar.
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: Amyntas is torn between his duty to represent his city and honour the gods, and his feeling that NoChallengeEqualsNoSatisfaction after Leon is injured.
* DontYouDarePityMe: It's TheSpartanWay. Leon refuses to acknowledge to Amyntas that his injury might affect his performance. [[spoiler: Leon is trying to validate the race for Amyntas, as Amyntas did for him by competing in earnest.]]
* SuckOutThePoison: In a gratuitous, poison-free example, Amyntas washes the dirt out of Leon's cut foot, then sucks it just to be sure.
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: After the Olympic truce expires, Athens and Sparta will resume their war and Amyntas and Leon will return home and enter opposing armies. There is no [[TakeAThirdOption third option]], and they have no realistic hope of meeting again without bitterness.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Roman Britain]]
!! '''''Song for a Dark Queen'''''
20s-61 CE. [[UsefulNotes/{{Boudica}} Boudicca]], young queen of the Iceni, eventually makes her peace with her bitterly-resented requirement of a male chieftain and a [[ArrangedMarriage political marriage]]. But when the Roman authorities plan to annex her entire kingdom, she leads the British tribes [[KillEmAll in a bloody uprising]].

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!!'''''The Changeling''''' (short story)
Prehistoric Argyll. Tethra, a [[ChangelingTale changeling child]] adopted by the chief of the Epidi, is driven out to rejoin the Little Dark People. When his father is mortally wounded, he must choose between his two tribes.
* MosesInTheBulrushes: Complete with OrphansPlotTrinket, in order to escape HumanSacrifice. He is HappilyAdopted by a MamaBear and PapaWolf.
* OfThePeople: Other Epidi claim that he isn't, and Tethra has to choose whether to throw in his lot with his biological mother or the father who raised him. [[spoiler: He decides that UpbringingMakesTheHero.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Classical Greece]]
!!'''''The Flowers of Adonis''''' (adult novel)
[[AncientGreece Greece, 415-404 BCE]]. The rise and fall (and rise and fall and rise and fall) of Alkibiades, the notorious Athenian politician - and of Athens - through the eyes of his companions as he sets out on the Sicilian Expedition, reignites UsefulNotes/ThePeloponnesianWar, seduces the queen of Sparta, escapes to the Persians, is welcomed back with open arms by the Athenians, and then loses it all again.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Alkibiades; Antiochus; Timandra (loosely); Timea; Agis; Endius; Pharnobazus; Creator/{{Socrates}}; many others.
* SupportingProtagonist: At least eleven, including one from beyond the grave: the Citizen, the Soldier, the Seaman, the Dead, the Priest, the Queen, the King, the Spartan, the Rower, the Whore, the Satrap.
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Sympathetic character = forgives Alkibiades anything.
* ButNotTooGay: Alkibiades is said by Antiochus to be strictly a ladies' man, though he was noted for his beauty in a society where bisexuality was normal (this is consistent with Plutarch's remark that he spurned all his admirers but Socrates.) Arcadius ("The Soldier") falls in love with a comrade who dies before they can do anything about it, and then is never interested in another man.
!!'''''The Truce of the Games''''' / '''''A Crown of Wild Olive''''' (short story)
Greece, 412 BCE. A young Athenian runner [[NotSoDifferent befriends]] his [[WorthyOpponent Spartan competitor]] at the UsefulNotes/OlympicGames in the middle of UsefulNotes/ThePeloponnesianWar.
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: Amyntas is torn between his duty to represent his city and honour the gods, and his feeling that NoChallengeEqualsNoSatisfaction after Leon is injured.
* DontYouDarePityMe: It's TheSpartanWay. Leon refuses to acknowledge to Amyntas that his injury might affect his performance. [[spoiler: Leon is trying to validate the race for Amyntas, as Amyntas did for him by competing in earnest.]]
* SuckOutThePoison: In a gratuitous, poison-free example, Amyntas washes the dirt out of Leon's cut foot, then sucks it just to be sure.
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: After the Olympic truce expires, Athens and Sparta will resume their war and Amyntas and Leon will return home and enter opposing armies. There is no [[TakeAThirdOption third option]], and they have no realistic hope of meeting again without bitterness.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Roman Britain]]
!! '''''Song ''Song for a Dark Queen'''''
20s-61 CE.
Queen''
[[UsefulNotes/{{Boudica}} Boudicca]], young queen of the Iceni, eventually makes her peace with her bitterly-resented requirement of a male chieftain and a [[ArrangedMarriage political marriage]]. But when the Roman authorities plan to annex her entire kingdom, she leads the British tribes [[KillEmAll in a bloody uprising]].



!! '''''The Capricorn Bracelet'''''
Six short stories of a Romano-British family, linked by an heirloom military decoration, from the Boudiccan Rebellion to the end of the Roman occupation.
* "Death of a City" 61 AD: LastStand
* "Rome Builds a Wall" 123 AD: TheEngineer, OneLastJob
* "Outpost Fortress" 150 AD: EnsignNewbie, FaceYourFears
* "Traprain Law" 196 AD: ForWantOfANail, MaybeMagicMaybeMundane
* "Frontier Scout" 280 AD: BringHelpBack
* "The Eagles Fly South" 383 AD: GreatOffscreenWar, EndOfAnEra
!! '''''Eagle's Egg''''' (short story)
80-83 CE. Quintus, a standard-bearer, can't marry Cordaella without a promotion to Centurion, but it will take Agricola's three-year Caledonian campaign, a mutiny, and the battle of Mons Graupius to get it.
* FramingDevice: How I Met Your Grandmother
* UnableToSupportAWife: Quintus, a junior officer, isn't allowed to marry before reaching the centuriate.
* TheMutiny: One is brewing in Quintus's fort when a few men are given ATasteOfTheLash for stealing wine during their third miserable winter in Scotland.
* TensionCuttingLaughter: Quintus makes an incredibly lame joke about the eagle standard and a duck egg that the troops decide through ContagiousLaughter is SoUnfunnyItsFunny. Cue EverybodyLaughsEnding to the mutiny.
* [[AlasPoorVillain Alas, Poor Antagonist]]: Quintus sees Calgacus only once, when his body is lying on the battlefield of Mons Graupius after his LastStand. He also points out that DoomedMoralVictor Calgacus's famous "Rome makes a desolation and calls it peace" RousingSpeech was [[WrittenByTheWinners written by Tacitus]].
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The Caledonian campaign is closely based on Tacitus's account in his ''Life of Agricola'' (including the {{Historical Domain Character}}s Agricola, Calgacus, and the dead GlorySeeker), even quoting it, but Quintus and his experiences are fictional.
!! '''''The Bridge-Builders''''' (short story)
Androphon, the son of a fort commander on the western border of Roman Britain, is held hostage by Britons during a territorial dispute.
* [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Son]]: Kyndylan the Chief plans to use Androphon as leverage for persuading the Commander to abandon the construction of the signal tower.
* SheWillComeForMe: Androphon threatens Kyndylan with his father's DisproportionateRetribution, but he's bluffing, as the Romans don't know where Kyndylan's village is, and Kyndylan is planning to move him somewhere better hidden anyway.
* ShameIfSomethingHappened: The story is bookended by two indirectly threatening conversations. Kyndylan claims that his hotheaded young warriors will be upset by the building of a signal tower in the tribe's lands, leading the Commander to predict a series of fatal accidents during the construction. Then Androphon pointedly doesn't accuse his "host" of kidnapping him, so that the Commander can spare the British village and Kyndylan can cooperate in return.
!!'''''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth'''''
126-9 CE. [[AnOfficerAndAGentleman Marcus]] and Esca search Caledonia for the eagle standard of the [[LostRomanLegion lost Ninth Legion]].
!!'''"Swallows in the Spring"''' (short story)
Circa 130 CE. A survivor of the Ninth Legion returns to Eburacum.
* LostRomanLegion: The vanished Ninth Legion casts a long shadow over their replacements the Sixth Victrix, even a dozen years after their disappearance. No one knows whether they were really destroyed, or worse, deserted.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Fulvius, who was [[SurvivorGuilt left behind by the Ninth]] and then kept in the same fort as part of the Sixth; Stripey; and to some extent the narrator, Dexius, who claims that a lifetime in the frontier garrisons would drive anyone mad.
* StrangerInAFamiliarLand: Stripey was one of Fulvius's men from the Ninth Legion, but he's so covered in [[GoingNative Pict tattoos]] he's unrecognisable, and so [[TraumaInducedAmnesia traumatised]] that he [[TheSpeechless can't tell anyone]].
!!'''''Literature/{{Outcast}}'''''
140s CE. Beric, a Roman {{foundling}}, is cast out of his adoptive British tribe and [[MadeASlave enslaved]] in Rome.
!!'''''A Circlet of Oak Leaves''''' (short story)
150s CE. Aracos, a medical orderly, turns a battle against British tribesmen while disguised as a standard bearer.
* EmergencyImpersonation: Aracos takes the place of nearly-IdenticalStranger Felix, a ShellShockedVeteran, so Felix won't be charged with desertion.
* BattleAmongstTheFlames: The valour of the auxiliary cavalry is at issue in the tavern because they stampeded when the Picts fired the heather. Only the Dacian cavalry, which Aracos led, rode through the flames because they train their mounts to charge through fire in a trick riding display. Aracos collapses afterward from smoke inhalation.
* ScrapHeapHero: Aracos, two or three times over rejected from the cavalry for a heart defect, left to join the medical corps; invalided out of the army, ending up an obscure horse-breaker in Britain; and by the end of the story, believed to have lied about winning the Corona Civica by everyone in his local pub.
* SlaveGalley: Beric spends two years in the army's Rhenus fleet, chained to a rowing bench alongside his oar-mate Jason.
!! "The Fugitives" (short story)
Lucian, an army officer's paralysed son, hides a deserter from the men sent to recapture him.
* FaceYourFears: Lucian hates acknowleding his disability to other people. The deserter has to decide whether army life is worse than life on the run.
* ThrowingOffTheDisability: An aversion, which is the whole point. Lucian has fled from acknowledging the DreamCrushingHandicap until he has to to protect the deserter.
!!'''''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord'''''
180s CE. Phaedrus, a freed gladiator, plays the role of [[RightfulKingReturns lost heir]] to the patriarchal Dalriads in their war of succession against the matriarchal Caledones.
!!'''''[[Literature/TheDolphinRing The Silver Branch]]'''''
290s CE. Justin and Flavian stumble upon a [[TheCoup conspiracy to assassinate]] the emperor Carausius and join LaResistance against the Saxon-allied usurper of Britain.
!!'''''Literature/FrontierWolf'''''
340s CE. Alexios, a disgraced officer, is ReassignedToAntarctica to command the [[ArmyOfThievesAndWhores irregular]] [[SurprisinglyEliteCannonFodder Frontier Scouts]] in a precarious border outpost.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: The Dark Ages]]
!!'''''[[Literature/TheDolphinRing The Lantern Bearers]]'''''
450-470s CE. Aquila deserts from the departing legions and devotes his life to holding off the Saxons from Roman Britain.
!!'''''Literature/SwordAtSunset''''' (adult novel)
480-510s CE. A generation after the withdrawal of Roman forces from Britain, KingArthur struggles to unite Romano-Britons, Celtic tribes, and the elusive Little Dark People against the Saxon invasions.
!!'''''[[Literature/TheDolphinRing Dawn Wind]]'''''
585-597 CE. Owain, a Briton, [[MadeASlave becomes a Saxon thrall]] and is drawn into the affairs of a Saxon family.
!!'''''The Shining Company'''''
595-600 CE. Prosper, a Welsh shieldbearer, recounts the mustering and destruction of the Gododdin host against the Saxons of Catraeth.

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!! '''''The Capricorn Bracelet'''''
Six short stories of a Romano-British family, linked by an heirloom military decoration, from the Boudiccan Rebellion to the end of the Roman occupation.
* "Death of a City" 61 AD: LastStand
* "Rome Builds a Wall" 123 AD: TheEngineer, OneLastJob
* "Outpost Fortress" 150 AD: EnsignNewbie, FaceYourFears
* "Traprain Law" 196 AD: ForWantOfANail, MaybeMagicMaybeMundane
* "Frontier Scout" 280 AD: BringHelpBack
* "The Eagles Fly South" 383 AD: GreatOffscreenWar, EndOfAnEra
!! '''''Eagle's Egg''''' (short story)
80-83 CE. Quintus, a standard-bearer, can't marry Cordaella without a promotion to Centurion, but it will take Agricola's three-year Caledonian campaign, a mutiny, and the battle of Mons Graupius to get it.
* FramingDevice: How I Met Your Grandmother
* UnableToSupportAWife: Quintus, a junior officer, isn't allowed to marry before reaching the centuriate.
* TheMutiny: One is brewing in Quintus's fort when a few men are given ATasteOfTheLash for stealing wine during their third miserable winter in Scotland.
* TensionCuttingLaughter: Quintus makes an incredibly lame joke about the eagle standard and a duck egg that the troops decide through ContagiousLaughter is SoUnfunnyItsFunny. Cue EverybodyLaughsEnding to the mutiny.
* [[AlasPoorVillain Alas, Poor Antagonist]]: Quintus sees Calgacus only once, when his body is lying on the battlefield of Mons Graupius after his LastStand. He also points out that DoomedMoralVictor Calgacus's famous "Rome makes a desolation and calls it peace" RousingSpeech was [[WrittenByTheWinners written by Tacitus]].
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The Caledonian campaign is closely based on Tacitus's account in his ''Life of Agricola'' (including the {{Historical Domain Character}}s Agricola, Calgacus, and the dead GlorySeeker), even quoting it, but Quintus and his experiences are fictional.
!! '''''The Bridge-Builders''''' (short story)
Androphon, the son of a fort commander on the western border of Roman Britain, is held hostage by Britons during a territorial dispute.
* [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Son]]: Kyndylan the Chief plans to use Androphon as leverage for persuading the Commander to abandon the construction of the signal tower.
* SheWillComeForMe: Androphon threatens Kyndylan with his father's DisproportionateRetribution, but he's bluffing, as the Romans don't know where Kyndylan's village is, and Kyndylan is planning to move him somewhere better hidden anyway.
* ShameIfSomethingHappened: The story is bookended by two indirectly threatening conversations. Kyndylan claims that his hotheaded young warriors will be upset by the building of a signal tower in the tribe's lands, leading the Commander to predict a series of fatal accidents during the construction. Then Androphon pointedly doesn't accuse his "host" of kidnapping him, so that the Commander can spare the British village and Kyndylan can cooperate in return.
!!'''''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth'''''
126-9 CE. [[AnOfficerAndAGentleman Marcus]] and Esca search Caledonia for the eagle standard of the [[LostRomanLegion lost Ninth Legion]].
!!'''"Swallows in the Spring"''' (short story)
Circa 130 CE. A survivor of the Ninth Legion returns to Eburacum.
* LostRomanLegion: The vanished Ninth Legion casts a long shadow over their replacements the Sixth Victrix, even a dozen years after their disappearance. No one knows whether they were really destroyed, or worse, deserted.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Fulvius, who was [[SurvivorGuilt left behind by the Ninth]] and then kept in the same fort as part of the Sixth; Stripey; and to some extent the narrator, Dexius, who claims that a lifetime in the frontier garrisons would drive anyone mad.
* StrangerInAFamiliarLand: Stripey was one of Fulvius's men from the Ninth Legion, but he's so covered in [[GoingNative Pict tattoos]] he's unrecognisable, and so [[TraumaInducedAmnesia traumatised]] that he [[TheSpeechless can't tell anyone]].
!!'''''Literature/{{Outcast}}'''''
140s CE. Beric, a Roman {{foundling}}, is cast out of his adoptive British tribe and [[MadeASlave enslaved]] in Rome.
!!'''''A Circlet of Oak Leaves''''' (short story)
150s CE. Aracos, a medical orderly, turns a battle against British tribesmen while disguised as a standard bearer.
* EmergencyImpersonation: Aracos takes the place of nearly-IdenticalStranger Felix, a ShellShockedVeteran, so Felix won't be charged with desertion.
* BattleAmongstTheFlames: The valour of the auxiliary cavalry is at issue in the tavern because they stampeded when the Picts fired the heather. Only the Dacian cavalry, which Aracos led, rode through the flames because they train their mounts to charge through fire in a trick riding display. Aracos collapses afterward from smoke inhalation.
* ScrapHeapHero: Aracos, two or three times over rejected from the cavalry for a heart defect, left to join the medical corps; invalided out of the army, ending up an obscure horse-breaker in Britain; and by the end of the story, believed to have lied about winning the Corona Civica by everyone in his local pub.
* SlaveGalley: Beric spends two years in the army's Rhenus fleet, chained to a rowing bench alongside his oar-mate Jason.
!! "The Fugitives" (short story)
Lucian, an army officer's paralysed son, hides a deserter from the men sent to recapture him.
* FaceYourFears: Lucian hates acknowleding his disability to other people. The deserter has to decide whether army life is worse than life on the run.
* ThrowingOffTheDisability: An aversion, which is the whole point. Lucian has fled from acknowledging the DreamCrushingHandicap until he has to to protect the deserter.
!!'''''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord'''''
180s CE. Phaedrus, a freed gladiator, plays the role of [[RightfulKingReturns lost heir]] to the patriarchal Dalriads in their war of succession against the matriarchal Caledones.
!!'''''[[Literature/TheDolphinRing The Silver Branch]]'''''
290s CE. Justin and Flavian stumble upon a [[TheCoup conspiracy to assassinate]] the emperor Carausius and join LaResistance against the Saxon-allied usurper of Britain.
!!'''''Literature/FrontierWolf'''''
340s CE. Alexios, a disgraced officer, is ReassignedToAntarctica to command the [[ArmyOfThievesAndWhores irregular]] [[SurprisinglyEliteCannonFodder Frontier Scouts]] in a precarious border outpost.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: The Dark Ages]]
!!'''''[[Literature/TheDolphinRing The Lantern Bearers]]'''''
450-470s CE. Aquila deserts from the departing legions and devotes his life to holding off the Saxons from Roman Britain.
!!'''''Literature/SwordAtSunset''''' (adult novel)
480-510s CE. A generation after the withdrawal of Roman forces from Britain, KingArthur struggles to unite Romano-Britons, Celtic tribes, and the elusive Little Dark People against the Saxon invasions.
!!'''''[[Literature/TheDolphinRing Dawn Wind]]'''''
585-597 CE. Owain, a Briton, [[MadeASlave becomes a Saxon thrall]] and is drawn into the affairs of a Saxon family.
!!'''''The
!!''The Shining Company'''''
595-600 CE.
Company''
Prosper, a Welsh shieldbearer, recounts the mustering and destruction of the Gododdin host against the Saxons of Catraeth.



!!'''''[[Literature/TheDolphinRing Sword Song]]'''''
890s CE. Bjarni Sigurdson, a Norwegian Viking, is exiled from his British settlement for killing the man who kicked his dog and sells his sword as a mercenary, embroiling himself in the feuds of Viking earls from Dublin to the Orkneys.
!!'''''Blood Feud'''''
985-990 CE. Jestyn, an English Christian, joins his Viking [[BloodBrothers blood brother]] on a pagan feud that takes them to the UsefulNotes/ByzantineEmpire.

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!!'''''[[Literature/TheDolphinRing Sword Song]]'''''
890s CE. Bjarni Sigurdson, a Norwegian Viking, is exiled from his British settlement for killing the man who kicked his dog and sells his sword as a mercenary, embroiling himself in the feuds of Viking earls from Dublin to the Orkneys.
!!'''''Blood Feud'''''
985-990 CE.
!!''Blood Feud''
Jestyn, an English Christian, joins his Viking [[BloodBrothers blood brother]] on a pagan feud that takes them to the UsefulNotes/ByzantineEmpire.



[[/folder]]

[[folder: Norman England]]
!!'''''[[Literature/TheDolphinRing The Shield Ring]]'''''
1090-1103 CE. {{Tomboy}} Frytha and WarriorPoet Bjorn defend the last hidden Norse stronghold against the Normans.
!!'''''Literature/KnightsFee'''''
1094-1106 CE. Randall, a half-Saxon dog-boy, is raised as a squire by the Norman lords of a feudal manor.
!!'''''The Witch's Brat'''''
12th century CE. Lovel, an orphan with a crooked back and foot, becomes an infirmarian monk and helps found St. Bartholomew's hospital.

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[[/folder]]

[[folder: Norman England]]
!!'''''[[Literature/TheDolphinRing The Shield Ring]]'''''
1090-1103 CE. {{Tomboy}} Frytha and WarriorPoet Bjorn defend the last hidden Norse stronghold against the Normans.
!!'''''Literature/KnightsFee'''''
1094-1106 CE. Randall, a half-Saxon dog-boy, is raised as a squire by the Norman lords of a feudal manor.
!!'''''The
!!''The Witch's Brat'''''
12th century CE.
Brat''
Lovel, an orphan with a crooked back and foot, becomes an infirmarian monk and helps found St. Bartholomew's hospital.



[[/folder]]

[[folder: Tudor England]]
!!'''''The Armourer's House'''''
1534 CE. Tamsyn Caunter, who desperately wishes she could be a merchant venturer, must instead go to live with her uncle in London. She settles into the colourful life of the household and city while sharing the secret of their mutual seafaring ambition with her quiet cousin Piers.

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[[/folder]]

[[folder: Tudor England]]
!!'''''The
!!''The Armourer's House'''''
1534 CE.
House''
Tamsyn Caunter, who desperately wishes she could be a merchant venturer, must instead go to live with her uncle in London. She settles into the colourful life of the household and city while sharing the secret of their mutual seafaring ambition with her quiet cousin Piers.



!!'''''Brother Dusty-Feet'''''
1580s CE. A runaway headed for Oxford joins a troupe of strolling players.

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!!'''''Brother Dusty-Feet'''''
1580s CE.
!!''Brother Dusty-Feet''
A runaway headed for Oxford joins a troupe of strolling players.



!!'''''The Queen Elizabeth Story'''''
16th century CE. Perdita Pettle, who can see "[[OurFairiesAreDifferent Pharisees]]", is granted her wish to see the Queen's Grace in a year and a day. The year passes through the adventures of Elizabethan country childhood.

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!!'''''The !!''The Queen Elizabeth Story'''''
16th century CE.
Story''
Perdita Pettle, who can see "[[OurFairiesAreDifferent Pharisees]]", is granted her wish to see the Queen's Grace in a year and a day. The year passes through the adventures of Elizabethan country childhood.



!!'''''Lady In Waiting''''' (adult novel)
1566-1618 CE. Sir Walter [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Ralegh]] spends his life courting royal support for his expeditions to the New World, and his wife Bess spends hers supporting her husband's all-consuming dream.
* HappilyMarried: Despite the fact that their whole family life revolves around Ralegh's dangerous, time-consuming career, they love each other and she doesn't resent it.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Elizabeth Throckmorton, Sir Walter Raleigh, their family; Elizabeth I; Sir Robert Cecil; Henry Stuart; many others.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Stuart & Hanover]]
!!'''''The Rider of the White Horse''''' (adult novel)
UsefulNotes/EnglishCivilWar. Sir Thomas Fairfax, followed by his wife Anne, commands Parliamentarian forces in the northern campaign of the war, culminating in the battle of Marston Moor.
* ArrangedMarriage: Anne and Thomas. She eventually fell in love with him, and he feels bad that he didn't.
* BasedOnATrueStory
* FlorenceNightingaleEffect
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Anne Fairfax, Sir Thomas Fairfax, etc.
* OopNorth
* ShoutOut: The "young Relf" mentioned is, if not Zeal-for-the-Lord Relf from ''Simon'', written six years before, at least a reference to him.
* WhiteStallion
!!'''''Simon'''''
1640s. HeterosexualLifePartners Simon Carey and Amias Hannaford join up on opposite sides of the UsefulNotes/EnglishCivilWar. Simon's estrangement from Amias, and his corporal [[AerithAndBob Zeal-for-the-Lord Relf]]'s vendetta against a treacherous friend, are ultimately tested in the battle of Torrington.

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!!'''''Lady In Waiting''''' (adult novel)
1566-1618 CE. Sir Walter [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Ralegh]] spends his life courting royal support for his expeditions to the New World, and his wife Bess spends hers supporting her husband's all-consuming dream.
* HappilyMarried: Despite the fact that their whole family life revolves around Ralegh's dangerous, time-consuming career, they love each other and she doesn't resent it.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Elizabeth Throckmorton, Sir Walter Raleigh, their family; Elizabeth I; Sir Robert Cecil; Henry Stuart; many others.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Stuart & Hanover]]
!!'''''The Rider of the White Horse''''' (adult novel)
UsefulNotes/EnglishCivilWar. Sir Thomas Fairfax, followed by his wife Anne, commands Parliamentarian forces in the northern campaign of the war, culminating in the battle of Marston Moor.
* ArrangedMarriage: Anne and Thomas. She eventually fell in love with him, and he feels bad that he didn't.
* BasedOnATrueStory
* FlorenceNightingaleEffect
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Anne Fairfax, Sir Thomas Fairfax, etc.
* OopNorth
* ShoutOut: The "young Relf" mentioned is, if not Zeal-for-the-Lord Relf from ''Simon'', written six years before, at least a reference to him.
* WhiteStallion
!!'''''Simon'''''
1640s.
!!''Simon''
HeterosexualLifePartners Simon Carey and Amias Hannaford join up on opposite sides of the UsefulNotes/EnglishCivilWar. Simon's estrangement from Amias, and his corporal [[AerithAndBob Zeal-for-the-Lord Relf]]'s vendetta against a treacherous friend, are ultimately tested in the battle of Torrington.



!!'''''Bonnie Dundee'''''
1680s Scotland. Hugh Herriot becomes galloper to Claverhouse, leader of government forces against the Scottish Covenanters. When William of Orange takes the English throne, Claverhouse's men become rebels in turn.

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!!'''''Bonnie Dundee'''''
1680s Scotland.
!!''Bonnie Dundee''
Hugh Herriot becomes galloper to Claverhouse, leader of government forces against the Scottish Covenanters. When William of Orange takes the English throne, Claverhouse's men become rebels in turn.



!!'''''Flame-Coloured Taffeta'''''
18th century. Damaris and Peter shelter a wounded Jacobite smuggler.

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!!'''''Flame-Coloured Taffeta'''''
18th century.
!!''Flame-Coloured Taffeta''
Damaris and Peter shelter a wounded Jacobite smuggler.



!!'''''Blood and Sand''''' (adult novel)
UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars. Thomas Keith, a Scottish prisoner of war, is befriended by Tussun, son of the governor of Egypt, and serves them through a deadly power struggle in their court and a war in Arabia, rising to become governor of Medina.
* BasedOnATrueStory: Thomas and company were {{Historical Domain Character}}s. According to the afterword, the only thing made up was his wife Anoud.
* FreakierThanFiction: The author's note highlights the "single-handedly fought off ten assassins" scene as too implausible to invent.
* RescueRomance: Thomas rescues Anoud from being assaulted in the street.



[[folder:Myths and Legends]]
* ''Black Ships Before Troy'': UsefulNotes/TheTrojanWar.
* ''The Wanderings of Odysseus'': ''Literature/TheOdyssey''.
* ''The Hound of Ulster'': the exploits of Cuchulainn.
* ''The High Deeds of Finn Mac Cool''
* ''Beowulf: Dragonslayer''
* ''Tristan and Iseult''
* ''The Sword and the Circle'': KingArthur
* ''The Light Beyond the Forest'': KingArthur
* ''The Road to Camlann'': KingArthur
* ''The Chronicles of RobinHood''

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[[folder:Myths [[folder: Adult Novels]]
!!''The Flowers of Adonis''
The rise
and Legends]]
* ''Black Ships Before Troy'': UsefulNotes/TheTrojanWar.
* ''The Wanderings
fall (and rise and fall and rise and fall) of Odysseus'': ''Literature/TheOdyssey''.
* ''The Hound of Ulster'':
Alkibiades, the exploits of Cuchulainn.
* ''The High Deeds of Finn Mac Cool''
* ''Beowulf: Dragonslayer''
* ''Tristan
notorious Athenian politician and Iseult''
* ''The Sword
of Athens through the eyes of his companions as he sets out on the Sicilian Expedition, reignites UsefulNotes/ThePeloponnesianWar, seduces the queen of Sparta, escapes to the Persians, is welcomed back with open arms by the Athenians, and then loses it all again.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Alkibiades; Antiochus; Timandra (loosely); Timea; Agis; Endius; Pharnobazus; Creator/{{Socrates}}; many others.
* SupportingProtagonist: At least eleven, including one from beyond
the Circle'': KingArthur
* ''The Light Beyond
grave: the Forest'': KingArthur
Citizen, the Soldier, the Seaman, the Dead, the Priest, the Queen, the King, the Spartan, the Rower, the Whore, the Satrap.
* ''The Road ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Sympathetic character = forgives Alkibiades anything.
* ButNotTooGay: Alkibiades is said by Antiochus
to Camlann'': KingArthur
be strictly a ladies' man, though he was noted for his beauty in a society where bisexuality was normal (this is consistent with Plutarch's remark that he spurned all his admirers but Socrates.) Arcadius ("The Soldier") falls in love with a comrade who dies before they can do anything about it, and then is never interested in another man.
!!''Lady in Waiting''
Sir Walter [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Ralegh]] spends his life courting royal support for his expeditions to the New World, and his wife Bess spends hers supporting her husband's all-consuming dream.
* ''The Chronicles HappilyMarried: Despite the fact that their whole family life revolves around Ralegh's dangerous, time-consuming career, they love each other and she doesn't resent it.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Elizabeth Throckmorton, Sir Walter Raleigh, their family; Elizabeth I; Sir Robert Cecil; Henry Stuart; many others.
!!''The Rider
of RobinHood''the White Horse''
Sir Thomas Fairfax, followed by his wife Anne, commands Parliamentarian forces in the northern campaign of the UsefulNotes/EnglishCivilWar, culminating in the battle of Marston Moor.
* ArrangedMarriage: Anne and Thomas. She eventually fell in love with him, and he feels bad that he didn't.
* BasedOnATrueStory
* FlorenceNightingaleEffect
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Anne Fairfax, Sir Thomas Fairfax, etc.
* OopNorth
* ShoutOut: The "young Relf" mentioned is, if not Zeal-for-the-Lord Relf from ''Simon'', written six years before, at least a reference to him.
* WhiteStallion
!!''Blood and Sand''
UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars. Thomas Keith, a Scottish prisoner of war, is befriended by Tussun, son of the governor of Egypt, and serves them through a deadly power struggle in their court and a war in Arabia, rising to become governor of Medina.
* BasedOnATrueStory: Thomas and company were {{Historical Domain Character}}s. According to the afterword, the only thing made up was his wife Anoud.
* FreakierThanFiction: The author's note highlights the "single-handedly fought off ten assassins" scene as too implausible to invent.
* RescueRomance: Thomas rescues Anoud from being assaulted in the street.



[[folder:Picture Books]]
* ''People of the Past: A Saxon Settler''
* ''The Roundabout Horse''
* ''A Little Dog Like You''
* ''Little Hound Found''
* ''The Minstrel and the Dragon Pup''
* ''Chess-dream in a Garden''

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[[folder:Picture Books]]
[[folder: Short Stories]]
!! ''Shifting Sands''
[[OldManMarryingAChild A twelve-year-old girl is promised to the tyrannical chief]] of her prehistoric village, who proposes to [[HumanSacrifice sacrifice]] the [[MurderTheHypotenuse boy she prefers]] to the gods who protect [[ChekhovsVolcano the great sand dune on which the village sits]].
* ''People ChekhovsGift: The CombatHaircomb Long Axe gives to Moon Eye is the only weapon allowed into the sacrificial gathering.
* FullBoarAction: Singing Dog attracts Long Axe's notice when he disputes the credit for killing a ferocious sow. Unfortunately for his survival prospects, this is regarded as tantamount to ChallengingTheChief.
* RescueRomance: Blue Feather and Singing Dog get together when she hurts her foot on the beach.
* AStormIsComing: It's a foregone conclusion to the reader, but Moon Eye warns Long Axe about the rising winds. Unfortunately, Long Axe practices HeadInTheSandManagement.
!!''The Chief's Daughter''
Nessan [[AirVentPassageway frees]] a prisoner intended for {{human sacrifice}} and [[HeroicSacrifice volunteers]] to take his place.
* TheChiefsDaughter: Averted; the protagonist ''is'' the chief's daughter. And she's ten.
* CargoCult: Nessan's people worship a standing stone called the Black Mother. The negotiation of sacred debt that causes the characters so much mental agony is all done in the name of a rock.
* EquivalentExchange: Nessan initially saved Dara from HumanSacrifice by offering a glass bracelet to the Black Mother. When the stream dries up and the priest decides they need to sacrifice him after all, she engineers his escape knowing that [[BalancingDeathsBooks someone will have to take his place]]. His guard knows he'll have to take the fall, until Nessan [[HeroicSacrifice volunteers]] in his place. When Dara comes upon the Black Mother and finds a spear left as an offering, he takes it in exchange for all his food, inadvertently undamming the stream. When the water returns, the priest concludes that Nessan's ''willingness'' to die was an acceptable sacrifice.
* RidiculouslyDifficultRoute: Nessan sends Dara down the cliff face that's usually covered by the water
of the Past: stream.
!!''Flowering Dagger''
[[StarCrossedLovers
A Saxon Settler''
chief's daughter and a hostage from another tribe]] fall in love, before discovering an even more insurmountable obstacle.
* FourthDateMarriage: After being distantly acquainted for more than a year, Saba and Brychan suddenly notice each other for the first time, then immediately acknowledge [[LoveAtFirstSight a powerful sense of connection]]. They pledge their devotion to each other and make plans to elope during their second conversation.
* MosesInTheBulrushes: Brychan was a DoorstopBaby. The titular dagger is his OrphansPlotTrinket, which combined with his DistinguishingMark leads to the revelation of his parentage.
* SuddenlySuitableSuitor: Subverted. Yes, they're from the same tribe after all. That's not all they're both from!
* [[spoiler:SurpriseIncest]]: Whoops.
* [[spoiler:TogetherInDeath: Good thing they've got this dagger handy.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Pervasive. Aside from the characters' conscious hints in dialogue, we have:
** The first paragraphs describe what the scene doesn't yet look like so early in the year, with full growth and beauty still to come, just as Saba and Brychan aren't yet mature (and never will be.)
** Cuckoos aren't just a sign of spring
** The women washing at a ford in the first scene is probably another of Sutcliff's references to the Washer at the Ford, a harbinger of death from Myth/CelticMythology.
** The observation that Cordaella's husband was of the correct degree of kinship to marry, and that Saba is more free to choose, is ironic. Cordaella and Garim's sibling interaction is a marked contrast to Saba and Brychan in the same scene.
** The death of the bee by the sting that's compared to the dagger, the superstitious associations of the elder flower the bee is sitting on, and Saba's remark that she doesn't care if Brychan hurts her removing the sting.
** The observation that Brychan's parents' relationship didn't get enough time for "flowering and fruiting", just as his won't.
** The symbolism of flowering dagger, whose blade holds both life (the flower design) and death, and which is both beautiful and fatal, like Saba and Brychan's love for each other.
!!''The Changeling''
Tethra, a [[ChangelingTale changeling child]] adopted by the chief of the Epidi, is driven out to rejoin the Little Dark People. When his father is mortally wounded, he must choose between his two tribes.
* MosesInTheBulrushes: Complete with OrphansPlotTrinket, in order to escape HumanSacrifice. He is HappilyAdopted by a MamaBear and PapaWolf.
* OfThePeople: Other Epidi claim that he isn't, and Tethra has to choose whether to throw in his lot with his biological mother or the father who raised him. [[spoiler: He decides that UpbringingMakesTheHero.]]
!!''The Truce of the Games'', or ''A Crown of Wild Olive''
A young Athenian runner [[NotSoDifferent befriends]] his [[WorthyOpponent Spartan competitor]] at the UsefulNotes/OlympicGames in the middle of UsefulNotes/ThePeloponnesianWar.
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: Amyntas is torn between his duty to represent his city and honour the gods, and his feeling that NoChallengeEqualsNoSatisfaction after Leon is injured.
* DontYouDarePityMe: It's TheSpartanWay. Leon refuses to acknowledge to Amyntas that his injury might affect his performance. [[spoiler: Leon is trying to validate the race for Amyntas, as Amyntas did for him by competing in earnest.]]
* SuckOutThePoison: In a gratuitous, poison-free example, Amyntas washes the dirt out of Leon's cut foot, then sucks it just to be sure.
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: After the Olympic truce expires, Athens and Sparta will resume their war and Amyntas and Leon will return home and enter opposing armies. There is no [[TakeAThirdOption third option]], and they have no realistic hope of meeting again without bitterness.
!!''The Capricorn Bracelet''
Six short stories of a Romano-British family, linked by an heirloom military decoration, from the Boudiccan Rebellion to the end of the Roman occupation.
* "Death of a City" 61 AD: LastStand
* "Rome Builds a Wall" 123 AD: TheEngineer, OneLastJob
* "Outpost Fortress" 150 AD: EnsignNewbie, FaceYourFears
* "Traprain Law" 196 AD: ForWantOfANail, MaybeMagicMaybeMundane
* "Frontier Scout" 280 AD: BringHelpBack
* "The Eagles Fly South" 383 AD: GreatOffscreenWar, EndOfAnEra
!!''Eagle's Egg''
Quintus, a standard-bearer, can't marry Cordaella without a promotion to Centurion, but it will take Agricola's three-year Caledonian campaign, a mutiny, and the battle of Mons Graupius to get it.
* FramingDevice: How I Met Your Grandmother
* UnableToSupportAWife: Quintus, a junior officer, isn't allowed to marry before reaching the centuriate.
* TheMutiny: One is brewing in Quintus's fort when a few men are given ATasteOfTheLash for stealing wine during their third miserable winter in Scotland.
* TensionCuttingLaughter: Quintus makes an incredibly lame joke about the eagle standard and a duck egg that the troops decide through ContagiousLaughter is SoUnfunnyItsFunny. Cue EverybodyLaughsEnding to the mutiny.
* [[AlasPoorVillain Alas, Poor Antagonist]]: Quintus sees Calgacus only once, when his body is lying on the battlefield of Mons Graupius after his LastStand. He also points out that DoomedMoralVictor Calgacus's famous "Rome makes a desolation and calls it peace" RousingSpeech was [[WrittenByTheWinners written by Tacitus]].
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The Caledonian campaign is closely based on Tacitus's account in his ''Life of Agricola'' (including the {{Historical Domain Character}}s Agricola, Calgacus, and the dead GlorySeeker), even quoting it, but Quintus and his experiences are fictional.
!!''Swallows in the Spring''
A survivor of the Ninth Legion returns to Eburacum.
* LostRomanLegion: The vanished Ninth Legion casts a long shadow over their replacements the Sixth Victrix, even a dozen years after their disappearance. No one knows whether they were really destroyed, or worse, deserted.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Fulvius, who was [[SurvivorGuilt left behind by the Ninth]] and then kept in the same fort as part of the Sixth; Stripey; and to some extent the narrator, Dexius, who claims that a lifetime in the frontier garrisons would drive anyone mad.
* StrangerInAFamiliarLand: Stripey was one of Fulvius's men from the Ninth Legion, but he's so covered in [[GoingNative Pict tattoos]] he's unrecognisable, and so [[TraumaInducedAmnesia traumatised]] that he [[TheSpeechless can't tell anyone]].
!!''A Circlet of Oak Leaves''
Aracos, a medical orderly, turns a battle against British tribesmen while disguised as a standard bearer.
* EmergencyImpersonation: Aracos takes the place of nearly-IdenticalStranger Felix, a ShellShockedVeteran, so Felix won't be charged with desertion.
* BattleAmongstTheFlames: The valour of the auxiliary cavalry is at issue in the tavern because they stampeded when the Picts fired the heather. Only the Dacian cavalry, which Aracos led, rode through the flames because they train their mounts to charge through fire in a trick riding display. Aracos collapses afterward from smoke inhalation.
* ScrapHeapHero: Aracos, two or three times over rejected from the cavalry for a heart defect, left to join the medical corps; invalided out of the army, ending up an obscure horse-breaker in Britain; and by the end of the story, believed to have lied about winning the Corona Civica by everyone in his local pub.
!!''The Bridge-Builders''
Androphon, the son of a fort commander on the western border of Roman Britain, is held hostage by Britons during a territorial dispute.
* [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Son]]: Kyndylan the Chief plans to use Androphon as leverage for persuading the Commander to abandon the construction of the signal tower.
* SheWillComeForMe: Androphon threatens Kyndylan with his father's DisproportionateRetribution, but he's bluffing, as the Romans don't know where Kyndylan's village is, and Kyndylan is planning to move him somewhere better hidden anyway.
* ShameIfSomethingHappened: The story is bookended by two indirectly threatening conversations. Kyndylan claims that his hotheaded young warriors will be upset by the building of a signal tower in the tribe's lands, leading the Commander to predict a series of fatal accidents during the construction. Then Androphon pointedly doesn't accuse his "host" of kidnapping him, so that the Commander can spare the British village and Kyndylan can cooperate in return.
!!
''The Roundabout Horse''
* ''A Little Dog Like You''
* ''Little Hound Found''
* ''The Minstrel and
Fugitives''
Lucian, an army officer's paralysed son, hides a deserter from
the Dragon Pup''
men sent to recapture him.
* ''Chess-dream in a Garden''FaceYourFears: Lucian hates acknowleding his disability to other people. The deserter has to decide whether army life is worse than life on the run.
* ThrowingOffTheDisability: An aversion, which is the whole point. Lucian has fled from acknowledging the DreamCrushingHandicap until he has to to protect the deserter.



[[folder:Non-Fiction]]
* ''Blue Remembered Hills'': Autobiography of her life up to the beginning of her writing career.
* ''Rudyard Kipling'': A monograph on Kipling's works for children.
* ''Houses and History''
* ''Heroes and History''
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[[folder:Non-Fiction]]
!!Sutcliff's list of works:
[[AC:Historical Novels]]\\
Sutcliff's historical fiction isn't a tightly-linked series, but it forms a consistent {{Continuity}}.
* 900 BC: ''Literature/WarriorScarlet'' (1958)
* 415 BC: ''The Flowers of Adonis'' (1969)
* 100 BC: ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse'' (1977)
* 25 CE: ''Song for a Dark Queen'' (1978)
* 126 CE: ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth'' (1954)
** ''Film/TheEagle'' (2011)
* 130 CE: ''Literature/{{Outcast}}'' (1955)
* 180 CE: ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord'' (1965)
* 290 CE: ''The Silver Branch'' (1957) Literature/TheDolphinRing
* 341 CE: ''Literature/FrontierWolf'' (1980)
* 450 CE: ''The Lantern Bearers'' (1959) Literature/TheDolphinRing
* 480 CE: ''Literature/SwordAtSunset'' (1963)
* 585 CE: ''Dawn Wind'' (1961) Literature/TheDolphinRing
* 595 CE: ''The Shining Company'' (1990)
* 890 CE: ''Sword Song'' (1997) Literature/TheDolphinRing
* 980 CE: ''Blood Feud'' (1976)
** ''The Sea Dragon'' (1990, television)
* 1090 CE: ''The Shield Ring'' (1956) Literature/TheDolphinRing
* 1094 CE: ''Literature/KnightsFee'' (1960)
* 1116 CE: ''The Witch's Brat'' (1970)
* 1534 CE: ''The Armourer's House'' (1951)
* 1564 CE: ''Lady in Waiting'' (1957)
* 1569 CE: ''The Queen Elizabeth Story'' (1950)
* 1581 CE: ''Brother Dusty-Feet'' (1952)
* 1640 CE: ''Simon'' (1953)
* 1642 CE: ''The Rider of the White Horse'' (1959)
* 1683 CE: ''Bonnie Dundee'' (1983)
* 1750 CE: ''Flame-Coloured Taffeta'' (1986)
* 1807 CE: ''Blood and Sand'' (1987)
** ''Love and Death in Arabia'' (2008, {{Takarazuka}} musical)

[[AC: Short Stories]]\\
More historical fiction in shorter form, most originally published as storybooks.
* Stone Age: ''Shifting Sands'' (1977)
* Bronze Age: ''The Chief's Daughter'' (1967)
* Bronze Age: "Flowering Dagger" (1977, in ''The Real Thing'')
* Iron Age: ''The Changeling'' (1974)
* 412 BC: "A Crown of Wild Olive" (1971, originally ''The Truce of the Games'')
* 80 CE: ''Eagle's Egg'' (1981)
* 130 CE: "Swallows in the Spring" (1970, in ''Galaxy'')
* 150 CE: ''A Circlet of Oak Leaves'' (1965)
* Roman: ''The Bridge-Builders'' (1959)
* Roman: "The Fugitives" (1964, in ''Another Six'')
* Roman: ''The Capricorn Bracelet'' (1973)
* 1290-1897 CE: ''We Lived in Drumfyvie'' (1975, with Margaret Lyford-Pike)

[[AC:Myths and Legends]]\\
Novellas that include the magical and anachronistic elements of their source material.
* ''The Adventures of RobinHood'' (1950)
* ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}: Dragonslayer'' (1961)
* ''The Hound of [[Literature/TainBoCuailnge Ulster]]'' (1963)
* ''The High Deeds of [[Myth/CelticMythology Finn Mac Cool]]'' (1965)
* ''Literature/TristanAndIseult'' (1971)
* The KingArthur Trilogy
** ''The Sword and the Circle'' (1981)
** ''The Light Beyond the Forest'' (1979)
** ''The Road to Camlann'' (1981)
* ''Black Ships Before [[UsefulNotes/TheTrojanWar Troy]]'' (1992)
* ''The Wanderings of [[Literature/TheOdyssey Odysseus]]'' (1993)

[[AC:Non-Fiction]]
* ''Rudyard Kipling'' (1960)
* The Batsford Living History Series:
** ''Houses and History'' (1960)
** ''Heroes and History'' (1965)
* ''Blue Remembered Hills'': Autobiography of her life up to the beginning of her writing career.
* ''Rudyard Kipling'': A monograph on Kipling's works for children.
* ''Houses and History''
* ''Heroes and History''
[[/folder]]
Hills'' (1983)
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* AnimalMotifs: In keeping with her broader focus on nature, lots of people get compared to symbolic animals:

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* AnimalMotifs: In keeping with her broader focus on nature, lots of people get compared to are associated with symbolic animals:



** SavageWolves: Saxon raiders, or "Sea Wolves"; the Frontier Scouts of ''Literature/FrontierWolf''; Ari "Grey Wolf" Knudsen of ''[[Literature/TheDolphinRing The Shield Ring]]''; "lone wolves" Aquila of ''The Lantern Bearers'' and Jestyn again.

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** SavageWolves: Saxon raiders, or "Sea Wolves"; the Frontier Scouts of ''Literature/FrontierWolf''; Ari "Grey Wolf" Knudsen of ''[[Literature/TheDolphinRing The Shield Ring]]''; "lone wolves" Aquila of ''The Lantern Bearers'' and Jestyn again.again; Tethra in ''The Changeling''.



** Cats: Conory, and the Wild Cats in ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord''; Erland Silkbeard in ''Blood Feud''.



* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Romance is not a prominent element in most of Sutcliff's stories, so if anyone does get together, it's probably two longtime platonic friends, and it's probably via LastMinuteHookup.
** ''The Queen Elizabeth Story'': Perdita Pettle and Adam Hilyarde
** ''The Armourer's House'': Tamsyn and her cousin Piers make a ChildhoodMarriagePromise to be merchant adventurers together.
** ''Simon'': Simon and Susanna; Amias and Simon's sister Mouse
** ''Literature/{{The Eagle of the Ninth}}'': Marcus and Cottia, who is [[SheIsAllGrownUp All Grown Up]].
** ''The Shield Ring'': Frytha and Bjorn, PlatonicLifePartners since age six.
** ''Literature/WarriorScarlet'': Drem and Blai, his not-quite adopted sister.
** ''Literature/KnightsFee'': Randall and Gisella
** ''Dawn Wind'': Owain and Regina
** ''Literature/SwordAtSunset'': Gault and Levin, previously HeterosexualLifePartners
** ''Bonnie Dundee'': Hugh and Darklis
** ''Flame-Coloured Taffeta'': Damaris and Peter
** ''The Shining Company'': Conn and Luned
* ConflictingLoyalties: Though their [[HonorBeforeReason duty is usually clear]], Sutcliff's characters are often challenged with personal ties to enemy friends or the other side of a MixedAncestry.

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* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Romance is not a prominent element in most of Sutcliff's stories, so if anyone does get together, it's probably two longtime platonic friends, and it's probably frequently via LastMinuteHookup.
** Perdita Pettle and Adam Hilyarde in ''The Queen Elizabeth Story'': Perdita Pettle Story''; Tamsyn and Adam Hilyarde
**
Piers Caunter in ''The Armourer's House'': Tamsyn and her cousin Piers make a ChildhoodMarriagePromise to be merchant adventurers together.
** ''Simon'':
House''; Simon Carey and Susanna; Susanna Killigrew, and Amias Hannaford and Simon's sister Mouse
** ''Literature/{{The Eagle of the Ninth}}'':
Mouse Carey in ''Simon''; Marcus and Cottia, who is [[SheIsAllGrownUp All Grown Up]].
**
''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Frytha and Bjorn, ''The Shield Ring'': Frytha and Bjorn, PlatonicLifePartners since age six.
** ''Literature/WarriorScarlet'':
Ring''; Drem and Blai, his not-quite adopted sister.
** ''Literature/KnightsFee'': Randall
''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Randal and Gisella
**
Gisella, ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Owain and Regina, ''Dawn Wind'': Owain and Regina
** ''Literature/SwordAtSunset'':
Wind''; Gault and Levin, previously HeterosexualLifePartners
**
''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Hugh Herriot and Darklis Ruthven, ''Bonnie Dundee'': Hugh Dundee''; Damaris Crocker and Darklis
**
Peter Ballard, ''Flame-Coloured Taffeta'': Damaris Taffeta''; Conn and Peter
**
Luned, ''The Shining Company'': Conn and Luned
Company''.
* ConflictingLoyalties: Though their [[HonorBeforeReason duty is usually clear]], Sutcliff's characters are often challenged with personal ties to enemy friends or the other side of a MixedAncestry.



* HeterosexualLifePartners: If it's not the central relationship of the book, the protagonist probably has one in the background. ([[OneThingLedToAnother Inevitably leads to]] HoYay.)
** ''Simon'': Simon and Amias are are symbolised by a pair of sabres and compared to [[Literature/TheBible David and Jonathan]].
** ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth'': Marcus and Esca, whose eyes met across a crowded gladiatorial arena.
** ''The Silver Branch'': Justin and Flavius, long-lost cousins.
** ''Literature/WarriorScarlet'': Drem and Vortrix
** ''The Bridge-Builders'': Androphon and Cador
** ''Literature/KnightsFee'': Randal and Bevis, a squire and knight.
** ''Literature/SwordAtSunset'': Artos and Bedwyr
** ''Blood Feud'': Jestyn and Thormod, blood-brothers, compared to [[Literature/TheIliad Achilles and Patroclus]].
** ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse'': Lubrin and Dara
** ''Blood and Sand'': {{Historical Domain Character}}s Thomas Keith and Tussun Bey
** ''The Shining Company'': Prosper and Conn
** ''We Lived in Drumfyvie'': Jamie and Johnnie Douglas; Eckie Brock and Donal Dhu; Johnnie Forsyth and Hugh Maitland
** ''Literature/FrontierWolf'': Alexios and Cunorix
** ''A Crown of Wild Olive'': Amyntas and Leon
* {{Historical Domain Character}}s: Usually limited to cameos, but several novels are based on the lives of real (or [[KingArthur allegedly real]]) people.
** ''Lady in Waiting'': Sir Walter Raleigh
** ''The Rider of the White Horse'': Sir Thomas Fairfax

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* HeterosexualLifePartners: If it's not the central relationship of the book, the protagonist probably has one in the background. ([[OneThingLedToAnother Inevitably leads to]] HoYay.)
) Usually a magnet for AnyoneCanDie.
** ''Simon'': Robin Pettle and Adam Hilyarde, ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''; Simon Carey and Amias are are symbolised by a pair of sabres and compared to [[Literature/TheBible David and Jonathan]].
** ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth'':
Hannaford, ''Simon''; Marcus and Esca, whose eyes met across a crowded gladiatorial arena.
**
''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Justin and Flavius, ''The Silver Branch'': Justin and Flavius, long-lost cousins.
** ''Literature/WarriorScarlet'':
Branch''; Drem and Vortrix
**
Vortrix, ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Androphon and Cador, ''The Bridge-Builders'': Androphon and Cador
** ''Literature/KnightsFee'':
Bridge-Builders''; Randal and Bevis, a squire and knight.
** ''Literature/SwordAtSunset'':
Bevis d'Aguillon, ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Artos and Bedwyr
** ''Blood Feud'':
Bedwyr, ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Amyntas and Leon, ''A Crown of Wild Olive''; Jamie and Johnnie Douglas, Eckie Brock and Donal Dhu, Johnnie Forsyth and Hugh Maitland, ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Jestyn and Thormod, blood-brothers, compared to [[Literature/TheIliad Achilles ''Blood Feud''; Lubrin Dhu and Patroclus]].
**
Dara, ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse'': Lubrin Horse''; Alexios and Dara
** ''Blood
Cunorix, ''Literature/FrontierWolf''; Darklis Ruthven and Sand'': {{Historical Domain Character}}s Jean Cochrane, ''Bonnie Dundee''; Thomas Keith and Tussun Bey
**
Bey, ''Blood and Sand''; Prosper and Conn, ''The Shining Company'': Prosper and Conn
** ''We Lived in Drumfyvie'': Jamie and Johnnie Douglas; Eckie Brock and Donal Dhu; Johnnie Forsyth and Hugh Maitland
** ''Literature/FrontierWolf'': Alexios and Cunorix
** ''A Crown of Wild Olive'': Amyntas and Leon
Company''.
* {{Historical Historical Domain Character}}s: Character: Usually limited to cameos, but several novels are based on the lives of real (or [[KingArthur allegedly real]]) people.
** ''Lady in Waiting'': Sir Walter Raleigh
** ''The Rider of the White Horse'': Sir Thomas Fairfax
people.



** ''Song for a Dark Queen'': [[UsefulNotes/{{Boudica}} Boudicca]]

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** ''Song for a Dark Queen'': [[UsefulNotes/{{Boudica}} Boudicca]]UsefulNotes/{{Boudica}}



** Sir Walter Raleigh, a local hero of Sutcliff's native Devonshire, makes a cameo in ''Brother Dusty-Feet'', enjoys a gratuitous mention in ''Simon'', stars in ''Lady in Waiting'', and has a chapter in ''Houses and History''.
** Sir Thomas Fairfax is a SupportingLeader in ''Simon'', the protagonist of ''The Rider of the White Horse'', and receives a chapter in ''Houses and History''.
** Montrose doesn't get a novel of his own, but he's mentioned in ''Simon'', is the final "Hero" featured in ''Heroes and History'', is the SupportingLeader in "We Sign the Covenant" and "God Be with You" in ''We Lived in Drumfyvie'', and the kinsman and hero of Dundee in ''Bonnie Dundee''.
** Agricola is wistfully looked back to as the height of Roman Britain in ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth'', writes home to Mother as a young man in ''Song for a Dark Queen'', and conquers Scotland as SupportingLeader in ''Eagle's Egg''.



** "Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady" is retold in ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''.
** A brace of sabres named Balin and Balan appear in ''Simon''.



* MadeASlave: Happens with some regularity to her protagonists or their sidekicks. See also SlaveLiberation.
** ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth'': Esca
** ''Literature/{{Outcast}}'': Beric, Jason
** ''The Mark of the Horse Lord'': Midir
** ''Blood Feud'': Jestyn
** ''The Shining Company'': Conn
** ''The Flowers of Adonis'': Timandra; the entire (surviving) Sicilian expedition
** ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse'': the entire (surviving) Epidi tribe
** ''The Lantern Bearers'': Aquila in Jutland.
** ''Dawn Wind'': Both Owain and Regina in separate Saxon households.
** ''Sword Song'': Muirgoed and her son Erp Mac Meldin were royalty, enslaved by Jarl Sigurd.
** ''Blood and Sand'': Thomas Keith is taken prisoner and sold to Tussun Bey.

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* MadeASlave: Happens with some regularity to her protagonists or their sidekicks. See also SlaveLiberation.
** ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth'': Esca
** ''Literature/{{Outcast}}'': Beric, Jason
**
Esca, ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Beric and Jason, ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; Aquila and Flavia, ''The Mark of the Horse Lord'': Midir
** ''Blood Feud'': Jestyn
**
Lantern Bearers''; Owain and Regina, ''Dawn Wind''; Dara, ''The Shining Company'': Conn
**
Chief's Daughter''; Timandra, and the Athenian prisoners, ''The Flowers of Adonis'': Timandra; Adonis''; Jestyn, ''Blood Feud''; the entire (surviving) Sicilian expedition
**
Iceni-Epidi tribe, ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse'': the entire (surviving) Epidi tribe
** ''The Lantern Bearers'': Aquila in Jutland.
** ''Dawn Wind'': Both Owain and Regina in separate Saxon households.
** ''Sword Song'': Muirgoed and her son Erp Mac Meldin were royalty, enslaved by Jarl Sigurd.
**
Horse''; Thomas Keith, ''Blood and Sand'': Thomas Keith is taken prisoner Sand''; Conn and sold to Tussun Bey.Aneirin, ''The Shining Company''; Muirgoed and Erp Mac Meldin, ''Sword Song''.



* MixedAncestry: As Britain is made of intermingled peoples, so too are Sutcliff's protagonists. (Or they might be adopted, giving them a mixed cultural heritage.) [[HalfBreedDiscrimination Rarely does anyone let them forget it.]]
** ''Literature/{{Outcast}}'': Beric is of indeterminate Roman and British ancestry, raised by Britons and then by Romans; each side considers him to be the other.
** ''The Shield Ring:'' Bjorn is a Norseman with a Romano-Welsh ancestress.
** ''The Silver Branch'': Carausius is Romano-Hibernian; his Irish name is Curoi. The Flavius family are naturalised Romano-British.
** ''Literature/WarriorScarlet'': Blai's mother was Irish, and there are people of mixed parentage among the Half People.
** ''The Lantern Bearers'': Flavia's son Mull is a Saxon who looks Roman like her, while Aquila's son Minnow is half-Welsh.
** ''Literature/SwordAtSunset'': Artos is half-Romano-British, half-Celtic, which is one of the reasons he's able to unite the two peoples.
** ''Literature/KnightsFee'': Randal is the son of a Breton soldier and a Saxon lady.
** ''The Mark of the Horse Lord'': Phaedrus is the son of a Greek merchant and his British slavewoman, while Liadhan is the daughter of a Dalriad king and a Caledone princess.
** ''The Changeling'': The title character is an indigenous Little Dark Person raised in a Celtic tribe.
** ''Blood Feud'': Jestyn Englishman is the son of a Celtic father and an Anglo-Saxon mother.
** ''Bonnie Dundee'': Darklis Ruthven is the descendant of a Scottish noblewoman and a Romani king.
** ''Dawn Wind'': Uncle Widreth is the illegitimate son of a Saxon father and a British mother. [[ChangelingFantasy He likes to claim she was a selkie.]]

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* MixedAncestry: As Britain is made A lot of intermingled peoples, so too are Sutcliff's protagonists. (Or they might be adopted, giving them a mixed people, reflecting the themes of CultureClash and gradual cultural heritage.) [[HalfBreedDiscrimination Rarely does anyone let them forget it.]]
evolution. They're often a target of HalfBreedDiscrimination.
** ''Literature/{{Outcast}}'': Beric is of indeterminate Roman and British ancestry, raised by Britons and then by Romans; each side considers him to be the other.
**
Justinius, ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; Bjorn Bjornsson, ''The Shield Ring:'' Bjorn is a Norseman with a Romano-Welsh ancestress.
**
Ring''; Carausius/Curoi, and the Flavius family, ''The Silver Branch'': Carausius is Romano-Hibernian; his Irish name is Curoi. The Flavius family are naturalised Romano-British.
** ''Literature/WarriorScarlet'': Blai's mother was Irish,
Branch''; Blai and there are people of mixed parentage among the Half People.
**
People, ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; the Minnow and Mull, ''The Lantern Bearers'': Flavia's son Mull is a Saxon who looks Roman like her, while Aquila's son Minnow is half-Welsh.
** ''Literature/SwordAtSunset'': Artos is half-Romano-British, half-Celtic, which is one of the reasons he's able to unite the two peoples.
** ''Literature/KnightsFee'': Randal is the son of a Breton soldier
Bearers''; Artos, Ygerna, and a Saxon lady.
**
Cerdic, ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Randal, ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Uncle Widreth, ''Dawn Wind''; Phaedrus and Liadhan, ''The Mark of the Horse Lord'': Phaedrus is the son of a Greek merchant and his British slavewoman, while Liadhan is the daughter of a Dalriad king and a Caledone princess.
**
Lord''; Tethra (by adoption), ''The Changeling'': The title character is an indigenous Little Dark Person raised in a Celtic tribe.
**
Changeling''; Jestyn Englishman and Erland Silkbeard, ''Blood Feud'': Jestyn Englishman is the son of a Celtic father and an Anglo-Saxon mother.
**
Feud''; Alexios, ''Literature/FrontierWolf''; Darklis Ruthven, ''Bonnie Dundee'': Darklis Ruthven is the descendant of a Scottish noblewoman and a Romani king.
** ''Dawn Wind'': Uncle Widreth is the illegitimate son of a Saxon father and a British mother. [[ChangelingFantasy He likes to claim she was a selkie.]]
Dundee''.



* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: TruthInTelevision compels some characters into ArrangedMarriage, but it inevitably turns out all right, after perhaps a little BelligerentSexualTension.
** ''The Shield Ring'': Gille to Gerd
** ''Literature/{{Outcast}}'': Lucilla to Valarius Longus
** ''The Lantern Bearers'': Aquila to Ness
** ''The Rider of the White Horse'': Anne to Thomas
** ''Literature/KnightsFee'': Philip de Braose to Aanor
** ''Literature/SwordAtSunset'': Artos to Guenhumara
** ''TheMarkOfTheHorseLord'': Phaedrus to Murna
** ''Song for a Dark Queen'': Boudicca to Prasutagus
** ''Sword Song'': Aud to Olaf the White, Aesa to Onund Tree-foot, Groa to Dungadr

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* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: TruthInTelevision compels some characters into ArrangedMarriage, but it inevitably generally turns out all right, after perhaps a little BelligerentSexualTension.
** Lucilla and Valarius Longus, ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; Gille and Gerd, ''The Shield Ring'': Gille to Gerd
** ''Literature/{{Outcast}}'': Lucilla to Valarius Longus
** ''The Lantern Bearers'': Aquila to Ness
**
Ring''; Anne de Vere and Thomas Fairfax, ''The Rider of the White Horse'': Anne to Thomas
** ''Literature/KnightsFee'':
Horse''; Aquila and Ness, ''The Lantern Bearers'' and ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Philip de Braose to Aanor
** ''Literature/SwordAtSunset'':
and Aanor, ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Artos to Guenhumara
** ''TheMarkOfTheHorseLord'':
and Guenhumara, ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Phaedrus to Murna
**
and Murna, ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord''; Boudicca and Prasutagus, ''Song for a Dark Queen'': Boudicca to Prasutagus
** ''Sword Song'':
Queen''; Aud to the Deep-Minded and Olaf the White, Aesa to Onund Tree-foot, Tree-foot and Aesa, Groa to Dungadrand Dungadr, ''Sword Song''.



* ShoutOut:

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* ShoutOut: See also KingArthur and Myth/CelticMythology.



** Sir Thomas Fairfax in ''Simon'' and ''The Rider of the White Horse''; Jarl Buthar and Aikin the Beloved in ''The Shield Ring''; Carausius in ''The Silver Branch''; Ambrosius in ''The Lantern Bearers'' and ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Philip de Braose in ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Aethelbert and Augustine in ''Dawn Wind''; Alkibiades in ''The Flowers of Adonis''; Rahere in ''The Witch's Brat''; Sir James Douglas in ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Vladimir of Kiev in ''Blood Feud''; Constans in ''Literature/FrontierWolf''; John Graham of Claverhouse in ''Bonnie Dundee''; Mynyddog, Ceredig, Gorthyn, and Cynan Mac Clydno in ''The Shining Company''; Onund Treefoot, Thorstein the Red, and Aud the Deep-Minded in ''Sword Song''.

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** Elizabeth I in ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''; Sir Thomas Fairfax in ''Simon'' and ''The Rider of the White Horse''; Jarl Buthar and Aikin the Beloved in ''The Shield Ring''; Carausius in ''The Silver Branch''; Ambrosius in ''The Lantern Bearers'' and ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Philip de Braose in ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Aethelbert and Augustine in ''Dawn Wind''; Alkibiades in ''The Flowers of Adonis''; Rahere in ''The Witch's Brat''; Sir James Douglas in ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Vladimir of Kiev in ''Blood Feud''; Constans in ''Literature/FrontierWolf''; John Graham of Agricola in ''Eagle's Egg''; Claverhouse in ''Bonnie Dundee''; Mynyddog, Ceredig, Gorthyn, and Cynan Mac Clydno in ''The Shining Company''; Onund Treefoot, Thorstein the Red, and Aud the Deep-Minded in ''Sword Song''.
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* MadeASlave: Happens with some regularity to her protagonists or their sidekicks.

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* MadeASlave: Happens with some regularity to her protagonists or their sidekicks. See also SlaveLiberation.



* SlaveLiberation: With few exceptions, characters who are MadeASlave tend to get out of it again. ** Esca in ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Beric in ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; Drem in ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Aquila and Flavia in ''The Lantern Bearers''; Randal (as a villein), in ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Owain and Regina in ''Dawn Wind''; the citizens of Eburacum in ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Phaedrus in ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord''; Dara in ''The Chief's Daughter''; Arcadius and Timandra in ''The Flowers of Adonis''; Jestyn in ''Blood Feud''; the Iceni in ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''; Thomas Keith in ''Blood and Sand''; Conn and Aneirin in ''The Shining Company''; Muirgoed and Erp Mac Meldin in ''Sword Song''.

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* SlaveLiberation: With few exceptions, characters who are MadeASlave tend to get out of it again. again.
** Esca in ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Beric in ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; Drem in ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Aquila and Flavia in ''The Lantern Bearers''; Randal (as a villein), villein) in ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Owain and Regina in ''Dawn Wind''; the citizens of Eburacum in ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Phaedrus in ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord''; Dara in ''The Chief's Daughter''; Arcadius and Timandra in ''The Flowers of Adonis''; Jestyn in ''Blood Feud''; the Iceni in ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''; Thomas Keith in ''Blood and Sand''; Conn and Aneirin in ''The Shining Company''; Muirgoed and Erp Mac Meldin in ''Sword Song''.
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** TheArtist: Piers in ''The Armourer's House''; Jason in ''{{Outcast}}''; Lucian in ''The Fugitives''; Nick Redpoll and Brother Luke in ''The Witch's Brat''; Lubrin Dhu in ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''; and Hugh Herriot, his father, and Cornelius van Meere in ''Bonnie Dundee''.

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** TheArtist: Artists: Piers in ''The Armourer's House''; Jason in ''{{Outcast}}''; Lucian in ''The Fugitives''; Nick Redpoll and Brother Luke in ''The Witch's Brat''; Lubrin Dhu in ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''; and Hugh Herriot, his father, and Cornelius van Meere in ''Bonnie Dundee''.
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* 146 CE: ''Literature/{{Outcast}}'' (1955)

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* 146 130 CE: ''Literature/{{Outcast}}'' (1955)



* 1095 CE: ''Literature/KnightsFee'' (1960)

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* 1095 1094 CE: ''Literature/KnightsFee'' (1960)



* BuryYourDisabled: Averted, along with other disability tropes. This is RealitySubtext - Rosemary Sutcliff used a wheelchair for most of her life. Her soldier protagonists are prone to CareerEndingInjury.
** ''Literature/WarriorScarlet'': Drem was born with an undeveloped right arm.
** ''A Circlet of Oak Leaves'': Aracos has a heart murmur that disqualifies him from the Roman cavalry.
** ''The Fugitives'': Lucian's legs were crippled by a childhood epidemic, probably polio.
** ''Dawn Wind'': Clubfooted Vadir Cedricson is perhaps her only [[EvilCripple disabled antagonist]].
** ''The Shining Company'': Conn walks with a limp.
** ''Sword Song'': The warrior Onund Treefoot is named for his wooden leg.
** ''The Witch's Brat'': Lovel is born with a crooked back and foot, becomes an infirmarian monk, and more or less invents physiotherapy to help a man who crippled his leg in a fall.
** ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''
** ''Lady in Waiting'': Bess's friend and HistoricalDomainCharacter Robin Cecil is hunchbacked.
** ''Literature/SwordAtSunset'': Artos's Companion Gwalchmai is clubfooted, but it doesn't stop him from being a cavalryman and a surgeon.

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* BuryYourDisabled: Averted, along with other disability tropes. This is RealitySubtext - Rosemary Sutcliff used a wheelchair for most of her life. Her soldier protagonists are prone to CareerEndingInjury.
** ''Literature/WarriorScarlet'': Drem
was born with an undeveloped right arm.
** ''A Circlet of Oak Leaves'': Aracos has a heart murmur that disqualifies him from the Roman cavalry.
** ''The Fugitives'': Lucian's legs were crippled by a childhood epidemic, probably polio.
** ''Dawn Wind'': Clubfooted Vadir Cedricson is perhaps her only [[EvilCripple
physically disabled antagonist]].
** ''The Shining Company'': Conn walks with a limp.
** ''Sword Song'': The warrior Onund Treefoot is named for his wooden leg.
** ''The Witch's Brat'': Lovel is born with a crooked back
from early childhood, and foot, becomes an infirmarian monk, wrote many characters who work around congenital defects, CareerEndingInjury, chronic illnesses, and more or less invents physiotherapy to help a man who crippled his leg in a fall.
few cases mental illness, as well as the odd disability-adjacent issue like stammering or disfigurement.
** Congenital physical defects: Adam Hilyarde, ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''
**
Story''; Robert Cecil, ''Lady in Waiting'': Bess's friend Waiting''; Drem, ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Vadir Cedricson, ''Dawn Wind''; Gwalchmai, ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Lovel, ''The Witch's Brat''.
** Acquired physical disabilities: John Carey, ''Simon''; Marcus, ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Talore, ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Midir, ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord''; Lucian, ''The Fugitives''; Timotheus, ''The Flowers of Adonis''; Lucius Calpurnius, ''The Capricorn Bracelet''; Rory the Dirk, ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Jestyn, ''Blood Feud''; Hugh Herriot, ''Bonnie Dundee''; Conn, ''The Shining Company''; Onund Treefoot, ''Sword Song''.
** Invisible physical conditions: Sir Thomas Fairfax, ''The Rider of the White Horse''; Aracos, ''A Circlet of Oak Leaves''; Prasutagus, ''Song for a Dark Queen''.
** Mental irregularities: The Tom-o'-Bedlam, ''Brother Dusty-Feet''; the mazelin, ''The Shield Ring''; Cullen, ''The Silver Branch''; Stripey, ''Swallows in the Spring''; Daft Fergie, Old Nannie,
and HistoricalDomainCharacter Robin Cecil is hunchbacked.
** ''Literature/SwordAtSunset'': Artos's Companion Gwalchmai is clubfooted, but it doesn't stop him from being a cavalryman and a surgeon.
Geordie Breck, ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''.



* CallToAgriculture: Part-time occupation or ultimate destiny of many characters, true to their pre-industrial and often rural settings: Adam Hilyarde, ''The Queen Elizabeth Story''; Simon Carey, ''Simon''; Marcus et al., ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Beric and Justinius (as horse-breeders), ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; Bjorn and Frytha, ''The Shield Ring''; Flavius, ''The Silver Branch''; Drem, ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Aquila (as a slave), ''The Lantern Bearers''; Sir Thomas Fairfax, ''The Rider of the White Horse''; Randal and the d'Aguillons, ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Owain, ''Dawn Wind''; Artos (horse-breeding), ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Aracos, ''A Circlet of Oak Leaves''; Lovel (physic gardening), ''The Witch's Brat''; Jestyn (cow herd), ''Blood Feud''; Damaris Crocker and Peter Ballard, ''Flame-Coloured Taffeta''; Bjarni and Angharad, ''Sword Song''.



** ''The Queen Elizabeth Story'': Perdita and her friends rescue a puppy.
** ''Brother Dusty-Feet'': BigFriendlyDog Argos, whom Hugh runs away from home with to protect. [[Literature/TheSongOfRoland Roland and Oliver]] are apparently each other's.
** ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth'': Cub, the tame wolf pup caught by Esca.
** ''Literature/{{Outcast}}'': Canog, a mistreated mongrel like her owner Beric; his childhood dog Gelert.
** ''The Lantern Bearers'': Artos's dog(s) Cabal, original to KingArthur mythos.
** ''Literature/WarriorScarlet'': Whitethroat, for whose sake Drem fights a duel.
** ''The Bridge-Builders'': Math the Hibernian wolfhound
** ''Literature/KnightsFee'': Joyeuse, named for a sword, to Bevis.
** ''Dawn Wind'': Dog the PostApocalypticDog, the other SoleSurvivor of Owain's LastStand.
** ''Swallows in the Spring'': Dexius's dim-witted hound, who crossed a warzone to find him.
** ''Blood Feud'': Brindle the cattle dog, whose death Jestyn tries to avenge on Vikings who then capture him.
** ''Bonnie Dundee'': Caspar the rescue dog is instrumental in reuniting the hero with his love interest.
** ''The Shining Company'': Gelert the loyal but dim
** ''Sword Song'': Astrid, whom Bjarni murders a man for kicking, and Hugin, who follows him home from Dublin.

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** Bran and Peterkin, ''The Queen Elizabeth Story'': Perdita and her friends rescue a puppy.
** ''Brother Dusty-Feet'': BigFriendlyDog
Story''; Bunch, ''The Armourer's House''; Argos, whom Hugh runs away from home with to protect. [[Literature/TheSongOfRoland Roland and Oliver]] are apparently each other's.
** ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth'':
Oliver]], ''Brother Dusty-Feet''; Jillot and Joram, ''Simon''; Cub, the tame wolf pup caught by Esca.
** ''Literature/{{Outcast}}'':
''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Gelert and Canog, a mistreated mongrel like her owner Beric; his childhood dog Gelert.
**
''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; Garm, ''The Shield Ring''; Whitethroat, ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Cabal, ''The Lantern Bearers'': Artos's dog(s) Cabal, original to KingArthur mythos.
** ''Literature/WarriorScarlet'': Whitethroat, for whose sake Drem fights a duel.
**
Bearers'' and ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Math, ''The Bridge-Builders'': Math the Hibernian wolfhound
** ''Literature/KnightsFee'':
Bridge-Builders''; Bran and Gerland, Joyeuse, named for a sword, to Bevis.
**
Matilda, Math and Mathonwy, ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Boatswain, ''Houses and History''; Dog, ''Dawn Wind'': Dog the PostApocalypticDog, the other SoleSurvivor of Owain's LastStand.
**
Wind''; Syrius, ''The Fugitives''; Dexius's hound, ''Swallows in the Spring'': Dexius's dim-witted hound, who crossed a warzone to find him.
**
Spring''; Brindle, ''Blood Feud'': Brindle the cattle dog, whose death Jestyn tries to avenge on Vikings who then capture him.
**
Feud''; Caspar, ''Bonnie Dundee'': Caspar the rescue dog is instrumental in reuniting the hero with his love interest.
**
Dundee''; Gelert, ''The Shining Company'': Gelert the loyal but dim
**
Company''; Astrid and Hugin, ''Sword Song'': Astrid, whom Bjarni murders a man for kicking, and Hugin, who follows him home from Dublin.Song''.



* CareerEndingInjury
** ''The Eagle of the Ninth'': [[spoiler:Marcus is discharged from the army for a maimed leg.]]
** ''The Mark of the Horse Lord'': Midir was blinded to make him ritually unfit for kingship.
** ''The Capricorn Bracelet'': Lucius Calpurnius is invalided out of the legions.
** ''Blood Feud'': [[spoiler:Jestyn's leg is maimed; he becomes a physician.]]
** ''Simon'': Simon's dad loses a leg in battle.
** ''Bonnie Dundee'': [[spoiler:Hugh loses an arm; becomes a one-armed painter.]]



** ''The Queen Elizabeth Story'': Perdita and her brother's best friend

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** ''The Queen Elizabeth Story'': Perdita Pettle and her brother's best friendAdam Hilyarde



* TheMedic: One of the professions Sutcliff was most interested in, along with soldiers and artists. Several of her protagonists are medics, usually the CombatMedic:
** ''The Silver Branch'': Justin the Roman army surgeon
** ''A Circlet of Oak Leaves'': Aracos is a Roman army orderly.
** ''The Witch's Brat'': Lovel is an infirmarian monk.
** ''We Lived in Drumfyvie'': Wattie Aiken trains as an apothecary during a plague.
** ''Blood Feud'': Jestyn is a cow-doctor who becomes a physician.

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* TheMedic: One of the professions Sutcliff was most interested in, along frequently in conjunction with soldiers soldiering.
** Jonathan Whiteleafe, ''Brother Dusty-Feet''; Marcus (posing as an occulist), ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Justinius, ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; Brother Ninnias, ''The Lantern Bearers''; Lovel, Brother Eustace,
and artists. Several of her protagonists are medics, usually the CombatMedic:
Brother Peter, ''The Witch's Brat''; Wattie Aiken, ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Brother Pebwyr, ''The Shining Company''.
** CombatMedic: Amias and Odysseus Hannaford, ''Simon''; Justin, ''The Silver Branch'': Justin the Roman army surgeon
**
Branch''; Gwalchmai, ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Aracos, ''A Circlet of Oak Leaves'': Aracos is a Roman army orderly.
** ''The Witch's Brat'': Lovel is an infirmarian monk.
** ''We Lived in Drumfyvie'': Wattie Aiken trains as an apothecary during a plague.
**
Leaves''; Jestyn, ''Blood Feud'': Jestyn is a cow-doctor who becomes a physician.Feud''.
** Wise-women: Tiffany Simcock, ''The Armourer's House''; Mother Trimble, ''Simon''; Rowena, ''The Lantern Bearers''; Ancret, ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Ia, ''The Changeling''; Genty Small, ''Flame-Coloured Taffeta''; Old Nurse, the Queen and Princess Niamh, ''The Shining Company''; Angharad, ''Sword Song''.



* MostWritersAreWriters: Sutcliff was both a painter and a writer. Though not nearly as numerous as soldier characters, several of her protagonists or narrators are TheStoryteller or an artist.
** ''The Armourer's House'': draftsman Piers and storyteller Aunt Deborah
** ''Brother Dusty-Feet'': Playwright and storyteller Jonathan Whiteleafe
** ''The Shield Ring'': WarriorPoet Bjorn
** ''Literature/KnightsFee'': Herluin the minstrel
** ''Sword at Sunset'': Bedwyr is a harper.
** ''The Fugitives'': Crippled sculptor Lucian.
** ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse'': Artist Lubrin Dhu
** ''Song for a Dark Queen'': Cadwan of the Harp, bard and FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator
** ''Bonnie Dundee'': Hugh Herriot, painter and memoirist
** ''The Shining Company'': HistoricalDomainCharacter Aneirin the bard

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* MostWritersAreWriters: Sutcliff was both a painter writer and a writer. Though not nearly as numerous as soldier characters, several of her protagonists or narrators are TheStoryteller or an artist.
painter. Her creative types include draughtsmen, painters, and sculptors; musicians, storytellers, actors, and medieval jesters, and memoirists.
** TheArtist: Piers in ''The Armourer's House'': draftsman Piers and storyteller Aunt Deborah
** ''Brother Dusty-Feet'': Playwright and storyteller Jonathan Whiteleafe
**
House''; Jason in ''{{Outcast}}''; Lucian in ''The Shield Ring'': WarriorPoet Bjorn
** ''Literature/KnightsFee'': Herluin the minstrel
** ''Sword at Sunset'': Bedwyr is a harper.
**
Fugitives''; Nick Redpoll and Brother Luke in ''The Fugitives'': Crippled sculptor Lucian.
**
Witch's Brat''; Lubrin Dhu in ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse'': Artist Lubrin Dhu
Horse''; and Hugh Herriot, his father, and Cornelius van Meere in ''Bonnie Dundee''.
** TheStoryteller: Deborah Caunter in ''The Armourer's House''; Jonathan Whiteleafe in ''Brother Dusty-Feet''.
** WanderingMinstrel: The Palmer in ''Brother Dusty-Feet''; Pentecost in ''Simon''; Rhiada in ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; Bjorn and Haethcyn in ''The Shield Ring''; Cullen in ''The Silver Branch''; Herluin in ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Bedwyr in ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Rahere in ''The Witch's Brat''; Cadwan of the Harp in
''Song for a Dark Queen'': Cadwan of the Harp, bard and FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator
** ''Bonnie Dundee'': Hugh Herriot, painter and memoirist
**
Queen''; Shadow Mason in ''Flame-Coloured Taffeta''; Aneirin in ''The Shining Company'': HistoricalDomainCharacter Aneirin the bardCompany''.



* {{Supporting Protagonist}}s: [[HeterosexualLifePartners Heterosexual Life Partnerships]] are often seen from the perspective of the less dynamic (or [[SubordinateExcuse socially inferior]]) of the pair. {{Historical Domain Character}}s are almost invariably presented through a Supporting Protagonist.

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* SlaveLiberation: With few exceptions, characters who are MadeASlave tend to get out of it again. ** Esca in ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Beric in ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; Drem in ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Aquila and Flavia in ''The Lantern Bearers''; Randal (as a villein), in ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Owain and Regina in ''Dawn Wind''; the citizens of Eburacum in ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Phaedrus in ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord''; Dara in ''The Chief's Daughter''; Arcadius and Timandra in ''The Flowers of Adonis''; Jestyn in ''Blood Feud''; the Iceni in ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''; Thomas Keith in ''Blood and Sand''; Conn and Aneirin in ''The Shining Company''; Muirgoed and Erp Mac Meldin in ''Sword Song''.
* SupportingLeader: Powerful and high-ranking people, particularly {{Historical Domain Character}}s, are almost invariably seen through a SupportingProtagonist.
** Sir Thomas Fairfax in ''Simon'' and ''The Rider of the White Horse''; Jarl Buthar and Aikin the Beloved in ''The Shield Ring''; Carausius in ''The Silver Branch''; Ambrosius in ''The Lantern Bearers'' and ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Philip de Braose in ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Aethelbert and Augustine in ''Dawn Wind''; Alkibiades in ''The Flowers of Adonis''; Rahere in ''The Witch's Brat''; Sir James Douglas in ''We Lived in Drumfyvie''; Vladimir of Kiev in ''Blood Feud''; Constans in ''Literature/FrontierWolf''; John Graham of Claverhouse in ''Bonnie Dundee''; Mynyddog, Ceredig, Gorthyn, and Cynan Mac Clydno in ''The Shining Company''; Onund Treefoot, Thorstein the Red, and Aud the Deep-Minded in ''Sword Song''.
* {{Supporting Protagonist}}s: [[HeterosexualLifePartners Heterosexual Life Partnerships]] are often seen from the perspective of the less dynamic (or [[SubordinateExcuse socially inferior]]) of the pair. {{Historical Domain Character}}s are almost invariably presented through a Supporting Protagonist.
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