History Creator / RosemarySutcliff

24th Dec '16 2:01:10 PM TheMysteriousTroper
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* ManInAKilt: Highlander Coll MacDonald of Keppoch, an anachronism even in 1689.

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* ManInAKilt: Highlander Coll MacDonald [=MacDonald=] of Keppoch, an anachronism even in 1689.
10th Oct '16 8:58:31 AM Hedgebird
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Rosemary Sutcliff (1920-1992) was a British writer of YoungAdult HistoricalFiction, who published some fifty books between 1950 and 1997. She is best-known for her novels set in Roman Britain, particularly ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''. She was awarded Commander of the British Empire for her services to children's literature.

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Rosemary Sutcliff (1920-1992) was a British writer of YoungAdult HistoricalFiction, who published some fifty books between 1950 and 1997. She is best-known for her novels set in Roman Britain, particularly ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''. She was awarded appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her services to children's literature.



Sutcliff was commended six times for the UK's most prestigious award for children's writing, the UsefulNotes/CarnegieMedal. ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth'' (1954), ''[[Literature/TheDolphinRing The Shield Ring]]'' (1956), ''The Silver Branch'' (1957), and ''Literature/WarriorScarlet'' (1958) were shortlisted before ''The Lantern Bearers'' won in 1959. After a rule change that allowed repeat winners, she received her final commendation for ''Tristan and Iseult'' in 1971.



* Literature/TheDolphinRing (incl. ''The Silver Branch, The Lantern Bearers, Dawn Wind, Sword Song, The Shield Ring'')
** ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''
*** ''Film/TheEagle''
** ''Literature/FrontierWolf''
** ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''
* ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord''
* ''Literature/KnightsFee''
* ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''

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* Literature/TheDolphinRing (incl. 900 BC: ''Literature/WarriorScarlet'' (1958)
* 126 CE: ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth'' (1954)
** ''Film/TheEagle'' (2011)
* 146 CE: ''Literature/{{Outcast}}'' (1955)
* 180 CE: ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord'' (1965)
* 290 CE:
''The Silver Branch, The Branch'' (1957), see Literature/TheDolphinRing
* 341 CE: ''Literature/FrontierWolf'' (1980)
* 450 CE: ''The
Lantern Bearers, Dawn Wind, Sword Song, The 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'')
** ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''
*** ''Film/TheEagle''
** ''Literature/FrontierWolf''
** ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''
Ring'' (1956), see Literature/TheDolphinRing
* ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord''
* ''Literature/KnightsFee''
* ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''
1095 CE: ''Literature/KnightsFee'' (1960)



** ''Literature/{{The Eagle of the Ninth}}'': Cub, the tame wolf pup caught by Esca.
** ''Outcast'': Canog, a mistreated mongrel like her owner Beric; his childhood dog Gelert.

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** ''Literature/{{The Eagle of the Ninth}}'': ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth'': Cub, the tame wolf pup caught by Esca.
** ''Outcast'': ''Literature/{{Outcast}}'': Canog, a mistreated mongrel like her owner Beric; his childhood dog Gelert.



** The galley slaves in ''Outcast'' owe more to ''Literature/BenHur'' than to history.

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** The galley slaves in ''Outcast'' ''Literature/{{Outcast}}'' owe more to ''Literature/BenHur'' than to history.



** ''Outcast'': Beric, Jason

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** ''Outcast'': ''Literature/{{Outcast}}'': Beric, Jason



** ''Outcast'': Beric is of indeterminate Roman and British ancestry, raised by Britons and then by Romans; each side considers him to be the other.

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** ''Outcast'': ''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.



** ''Outcast'': Lucilla to Valarius Longus

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** ''Outcast'': ''Literature/{{Outcast}}'': Lucilla to Valarius Longus



*** Outcast's Justinius is inspired by "The Roman Centurion's Song".

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*** Outcast's ''Literature/{{Outcast}}'''s Justinius is inspired by "The Roman Centurion's Song".



*** Parnesius and Pertinax's participation in the [[MysteryCult cult of Mithras]], which Kipling treats like his beloved Freemasonry, is probably the reason why [[Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth Marcus]], Justinius, [[Literature/TheDolphinRing Flavius]], [[Literature/FrontierWolf Alexios]], and [[Literature/SwordAtSunset Ambrosius]] are Mithrans.

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*** Parnesius and Pertinax's participation in the [[MysteryCult cult of Mithras]], which Kipling treats like his beloved Freemasonry, is probably the reason why [[Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth Marcus]], Justinius, [[Literature/{{Outcast}} Justinius]], [[Literature/TheDolphinRing Flavius]], [[Literature/FrontierWolf Alexios]], and [[Literature/SwordAtSunset Ambrosius]] are Mithrans.



** ''The Eagle of the Ninth'': A wandering druid stirs up the tribal revolt at Isca Dumnoniorum.
** ''Outcast'': The village druid objects to the adoption of a Roman foundling because the Romans destroyed the druids.

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** ''The Eagle of the Ninth'': ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth'': A wandering druid stirs up the tribal revolt at Isca Dumnoniorum.
** ''Outcast'': ''Literature/{{Outcast}}'': The village druid objects to the adoption of a Roman foundling because the Romans destroyed the druids.



!!'''''Outcast'''''

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!!'''''Outcast'''''!!'''''Literature/{{Outcast}}'''''



* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: After a few months as a slave, Beric just wants to be recognised as a human being. He reverses his opinion of Lucilla after she's kind to him. Hearing years later that she invented an alibi to disprove the charges against him helps pull him out of his ShellShockedVeteran state.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: Beric eventually meets the Roman legate who indirectly got him and Jason beaten half to death, while working on the dyke. The legate naturally enough does not remember him.
* CanineCompanion: Finding Canog, a mongrel well-kicked about by life like himself and in need of a good home, is what prevents Beric from running away from Justinius after discovering that he'd been rescued for the sake of Justinius's lost son.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Beric becomes best friends with Cathlan, at Cathlan's instigation, shortly after beating the crap out of him for teasing him about being Roman.
* TheEngineer: Justinius, the Builder of Roads and Drainer of Marshes. Alternatively he has "a straight road for a son and a marsh for a wife."
* TheExile: After a series of unfortunate events, Beric's father's enemies get Beric driven out of the village as a scapegoat, leaving him to return to his "true" people, the Romans. Unfortunately, they don't want him either.
* {{Foundling}}: Infant Beric is orphaned in a Roman shipwreck, but adopted into a British tribe as a present for a grieving new mother, over the objections of the xenophobic Druid. This comes back to haunt them.
* FromBadToWorse: Exiled? Stoned! Enslaved? Sold to the mines! Arrested? Sentenced to the galleys! Beaten? Tossed overboard and friend dies!
* GreatEscape: After Glaucus decides to sell Beric to the mines, he pulls his chain out of the wall, escapes from the shed window, hides out in the overgrown sanctuary of Pan, and takes to the hills.
* HappilyAdopted: Though his mother initially resists accepting him as a ReplacementGoldfish for her dead daughter, Beric grows up blissfully oblivious to the fact that anyone could consider him anything but a member of his family and tribe.
* HostileWeather: The novel is bookended by two great storms: the one that orphans Beric, and the one that threatens to destroy his adoptive father's engineering project, the dyke that protects Romney Marsh from the sea. There's also the one in the middle that indirectly kills Jason.
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: Beric's beloved oar-mate, Jason.
* LukeIMightBeYourFather: Justinius takes an interest in Beric because he resembles his dead wife. Beric proudly disabuses him of the notion that he might be the long-lost kid and tries to slink off, but Justinius asks him to stay on as an adopted son anyway.
* MadeASlave: Beric is duped by a crew of slave-traders, sold to a merchant in Rome, and bought by a well-to-do Roman family. When he runs away from them, he's caught in the company of a robber band and sentenced to a SlaveGalley.
* OneLastJob: Justinius is leaving Rome forever to complete the Rhee Wall in Britain and then retire there. His friends in Italy are appalled that he'll spend the rest of his life [[ItWillNeverCatchOn in such a forsaken backwater]].
* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: Lucilla, the book's main female character, is marrying a colleague of her father's. Rather than become a LoveInterest for Beric trapped into OldManMarryingAChild, she's quite satisfied with the arrangement and her fiancé is portrayed as a good man.
* ShellShockedVeteran: In the final quarter of the novel after Beric finds a safe haven, he's prone to nightmares and losing track of his surroundings. The book closes on his realisation that he's recovered from the traumas of his enslavement when he meets the Legate who commanded the fatal convoy and it's. . .not that big a deal.
* ShoutOut: When Beric mentions that Isca Dumnoniorum was burned down in a tribal revolt before he was born, he's referring to the events of ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''. The scene in which Beric is instantly drawn to a young soldier who offers to buy him but can't afford it, is perhaps a passing {{Deconstruction}} of the improbable master-slave friendship between Marcus and Esca in that book. The outlines of Justinius's character the dead wife and son, the builder of roads and drainer of marshes owe something to Creator/RudyardKipling's "[[http://www.poetryloverspage.com/poets/kipling/roman_centurions.html The Roman Centurion's Song]]".
* ATasteOfTheLash: Jason gets whipped for malingering after he collapses at his oar. Then he gets tossed overboard, so Beric attacks the overseer. Then ''Beric'' gets flogged and tossed overboard.
* TraumaCongaLine: Virtually every terrible thing than could happen to Beric happens: His parents die in a shipwreck, other children harass him for being Roman, his father's enemies [[PersonaNonGrata make him a scapegoat and get him exiled]], he is kidnapped and enslaved, bought by a venal master, given to a worse one with a grudge against him, helps his only friends leave him forever, gets caught and arrested as a bandit, is sent to a SlaveGalley, has his only friend die, gets beaten and thrown overboard, and finds out his rescuers hoped he was someone else. On the other hand, he never quite dies, either.
* TurbulentPriest: The vehement rejection of all things Roman from the village's crazy, embittered old Druid sows the seeds of Beric's exile.
* WanderingMinstrel: Rhiada the blind harper adopts Beric's dog and leaves the village after Beric's exile. Beric meets him again before the great storm and gives him the message that he had promised years before to his mother.
* WelcomeToTheBigCity: The recently-burned-down Roman border town Beric arrives in is the biggest he's ever seen. He thinks the basilica is a private dwelling and gets suckered by a crew of Greek slave-traders.
* YankTheDogsChain: Beric meets helpful friends in Isca Dumnoniorum: they enslave him. A kind young soldier wants to buy him: he can't afford it. Lucilla asks her father for Beric as a wedding present: Glaucus already asked for him. Beric meets Justinius: Glaucus decides to sell him to the mines. A farmer shelters him on his escape: the cops raid the place and arrest him. Beric's galley sails for Britain: Jason gets worked to death and Beric gets tossed overboard. Justinius's people shelter him: it's a case of mistaken identity. Everything works out in the end, though!
2nd Oct '16 1:29:14 PM nombretomado
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1640s. HeterosexualLifePartners Simon Carey and Amias Hannaford join up on opposite sides of the 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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1640s. HeterosexualLifePartners Simon Carey and Amias Hannaford join up on opposite sides of the EnglishCivilWar.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.
16th Sep '16 11:11:57 AM Morgenthaler
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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.

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EnglishCivilWar.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.
9th Sep '16 10:02:27 AM Morgenthaler
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* DividedWeFall: The Iceni and other surrounding tribes choose not to support the Catuvellauni, the powerful tribe embattled by the Romans, because they've already suffered the Catuvellauni's expansionist policy. It turns out TheRomanEmpire is worse than the devil you know.

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* DividedWeFall: The Iceni and other surrounding tribes choose not to support the Catuvellauni, the powerful tribe embattled by the Romans, because they've already suffered the Catuvellauni's expansionist policy. It turns out TheRomanEmpire UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire is worse than the devil you know.
6th Sep '16 2:47:35 AM Morgenthaler
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985-990 CE. Jestyn, an English Christian, joins his Viking [[BloodBrothers blood brother]] on a pagan feud that takes them to the ByzantineEmpire.

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985-990 CE. Jestyn, an English Christian, joins his Viking [[BloodBrothers blood brother]] on a pagan feud that takes them to the ByzantineEmpire.UsefulNotes/ByzantineEmpire.
11th Aug '16 4:20:37 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Scotland}}: Dyn Eidin, despite the Welsh spelling, is the Castle Rock of future Edinburgh.
15th Jul '16 1:47:13 AM Morgenthaler
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* RedHeadedHero:
** Flavius of ''[[Literature/TheDolphinRing The Silver Branch]]''; Drem of ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Androphon and Cador of ''The Bridge-Builders''; Red Phaedrus of ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheHorseLord''; Prasutagus of ''Song for a Dark Queen''.
** She also apparently subscribed to the FieryRedhead stereotype: Amias Hannaford of ''Simon''; Cottia of ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Drem; Gisella of ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Bryni Beornwulfson of ''Dawn Wind''; Phaedrus; Connla of ''Literature/FrontierWolf''; Alan Armstong of ''Bonnie Dundee''.
27th May '16 2:14:22 AM alchixinren
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** ''Song for a Dark Queen'': the Roman conquest of Britain and the Boudiccan rebellion.

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** ''Song for a Dark Queen'': the Roman conquest of Britain and the Boudiccan rebellion.rebellion of [[UsefulNotes/{{Boudica}} Boudicca]].



** ''Song for a Dark Queen'': Boudicca

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



20s-61 CE. 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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20s-61 CE. Boudicca, [[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]].
6th May '16 2:07:37 AM Morgenthaler
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* HandsomeDevil: The [[HotGuysAreBastards beautiful]], [[BlondGuysAreEvil golden]], charming Glaucus takes over ownership of Beric from his father in order to spite his sister Lucilla and persecute Beric for refusing to help him cheat his father over a horse. They tacitly loathe each other, and Glaucus forces Beric to use a slave name and plans to sell him to the mines.
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