The Eagle Of The Ninth

The Eagle Of The Ninth One of Rosemary Sutcliff s acclaimed books set in Roman Britain The Eagle of the Ninth tells the story of a young Roman officer who sets out to discover the truth behind the mysterious disappearance o

  • Title: The Eagle Of The Ninth
  • Author: Rosemary Sutcliff
  • ISBN: 9780192720085
  • Page: 289
  • Format: Paperback
  • One of Rosemary Sutcliff s acclaimed books set in Roman Britain The Eagle of the Ninth tells the story of a young Roman officer who sets out to discover the truth behind the mysterious disappearance of the Ninth Legion, who marched into the mists of northern Britain and never came back Rosemary Sutcliff spent most of her life in a wheelchair, suffering from Still s diseaOne of Rosemary Sutcliff s acclaimed books set in Roman Britain The Eagle of the Ninth tells the story of a young Roman officer who sets out to discover the truth behind the mysterious disappearance of the Ninth Legion, who marched into the mists of northern Britain and never came back Rosemary Sutcliff spent most of her life in a wheelchair, suffering from Still s disease She wrote her first book for children, The Queen s Story, in 1950 and went on to become a highly respected name in the field of children s literature She received an OBE in 1975 and died at the age of 72 in 1992.

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    1. Rosemary Sutcliff was a British novelist, best known as a writer of highly acclaimed historical fiction Although primarily a children s author, the quality and depth of her writing also appeals to adults, she herself once commenting that she wrote for children of all ages from nine to ninety Born in West Clandon, Surrey, Sutcliff spent her early youth in Malta and other naval bases where her father was stationed as a naval officer She contracted Still s Disease when she was very young and was confined to a wheelchair for most of her life Due to her chronic sickness, she spent the majority of her time with her mother, a tireless storyteller, from whom she learned many of the Celtic and Saxon legends that she would later expand into works of historical fiction Her early schooling being continually interrupted by moving house and her disabling condition, Sutcliff didn t learn to read until she was nine, and left school at fourteen to enter the Bideford Art School, which she attended for three years, graduating from the General Art Course She then worked as a painter of miniatures.Rosemary Sutcliff began her career as a writer in 1950 with The Chronicles of Robin Hood She found her voice when she wrote The Eagle of the Ninth in 1954 In 1959, she won the Carnegie Medal for The Lantern Bearers and was runner up in 1972 with Tristan and Iseult In 1974 she was highly commended for the Hans Christian Andersen Award Her The Mark of the Horse Lord won the first Phoenix Award in 1985.Sutcliff lived for many years in Walberton near Arundel, Sussex In 1975 she was appointed OBE for services to Children s Literature and promoted to CBE in 1992 She wrote incessantly throughout her life, and was still writing on the morning of her death She never marriedcmillan author rosema

    2. Classic historical fictionAt the age of eight, I read Eagle of the Ninth, my first encounter with historical fiction. I became hooked. Since then, I have been read Nigel Tranter, John Prebble, Conn Igguden, Simon Scarrow, Ruth Downie, and many others. Forty-four years later, re-reading this classic is no less exciting for me. My view is that it should be compulsory reading in primary school as it really does bring Roman Britain to life. It is an exciting adventure that could possibly have been r [...]

    3. Rating Clarification: 4.5 StarsMy first Rosemary Sutcliff book, but it will not be my last. This tale of Roman Britain and the lost Ninth Legion brings the reader into a fully imagined yet realistic world in which honor and duty are sacrosanct and the meeting of two cultures can be either a time of mutual respect or bloody conflict and distrust. Sutcliff is one darn brilliant writer of characters and settings. I could fully picture the time period, the people and the atmosphere. It rang true, an [...]

    4. I loved this book dearly as a child, and it has lost none of its magic now. Beautifully-written, discreetly poetic without a single word out of place, it's a thrilling adventure, an excellently-researched piece of historical fiction and a fabulous depiction of friendship all in one. Read it at any age, and marvel at the pacing; the gradual build-up, the terrific characterization, the breathless race to the final climax. Sutcliff brings Roman Britain to life as no-one else has ever done; and her [...]

    5. This book is fully as good as I remember. That's a lot to say for a book that I adored from the age of eight until about fourteen, reread at seventeen-ish, and then haven't read for a few years In my head, it was always one of the most amazing books of my childhood, and my memory didn't overstate it. It is written for children, so it's very easy to read and perhaps a little less than subtle, in places -- particularly with foreshadowing. "Little did he know how important this piece of information [...]

    6. Before I picked this book up, I had gathered two points from, respectively, the title and the edges of assorted flailings by my friends: (1) that it was about baseball or something, and (2) that it was about a couple of boys who love each other very, very, very much and who have talks about their innermost feelings and so on.Turns out, not about baseball! Actually about Romans, which makes a certain amount of sense, since a book about Romans is one of the few things with a decent chance of being [...]

    7. 4.5 stars, rounded up for the wonderful friendship between Marcus and Esca. Hallie has been bugging me encouraging me to read this for a while, and I put it on the list for the 31-day reading challenge. When I finished reading The Bone Clocks, I needed something lighter, and as it happens, in the last section of The Bone Clocks the kids are reading The Eagle of the Ninth. I took it as a sign.Marcus, a centurion posted to Britain, is severely injured in a battle that ends his longed-for career in [...]

    8. Amazing book! I loved Esca best but Marcus was amazing and realistic, also. Their relationship is definitely a fictional favorite for me. Also: CUB. What a great addition! I did see (view spoiler)[ Cottia and Marcus (hide spoiler)] coming and while it felt a smidge rushed to the end, it was nice.

    9. Around AD 120, the Legio IX Hispana (or Hispania) “disappeared.” Its last known posting was on Hadrian’s Wall in northern Britain, and a legend has grown up that it was ordered on a punitive expedition against the Picti beyond the Wall and was lost campaigning against them. Numerous authors have exploited our lack of certain knowledge to speculate about what might have happened – from getting transported to alternate worlds (Codex Alera series) to less fantastical versions (The Last Legi [...]

    10. The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary SutcliffIn Rosemary Sutcliff's books the history of Britain comes alive through sensuous descriptions of luscious forests and ragged mountains, and characters so deeply imagined that linger in your mind after the book has ended, like childhood friends untouched by time and the drudgery of life.Her books are not popcorn historical fiction novels with anachronistic characters dressed in the costumes of the time but keeping the ideas and sensibilities of their XX/ [...]

    11. Ten years or so ago I was sitting in the waiting area for the Indiana branch of Immigration and Citizenship. The room is always a fertile ground for imagining people's stories and I found my attentions drifting between my book and the cast of characters surrounding me. A man walked in the room, looked puzzled and walked to the reception desk, only a few feet away from my distracted digressions. He introduced himself in our local way and began to tell the story of his son, one Private Jones who w [...]

    12. re-read 2018 This book is definitely a gem in the Roman historical genre, which doesn't really exist all that much. That being said, I enjoyed this greatly the first 5 times I read it. This time through felt a bit slow as I wanted to hit the highlights going through, so it did feel like it lagged a bit at times. This was only because I've read it so many times! :D If you haven't read this yet, I definitely recommend it!

    13. The Eagle of the Ninth is the perfect book for those mizzly days between winter and spring. Sutcliff infuses her story with living description, such that flawlessly transports her readers to the harsh and beautiful Britain under Roman rule. It took me the first fifty pages or so to get into the swing of the narrative, but now that I've finished it, I want to go back and savor those early chapters. Proud Marcus, fiery Cottia, loyal Esca, and faithful Cub — I loved each in his time, though perha [...]

    14. A good adventure story set in Britain under the Roman domination. Sutcliff is a very talented storyteller and paints a vivid landscape of Roman forts and Celtic moors. I appreciated the easy flow of the text, a real page turner without excessive descriptions or political infights.For readers searching the modern "gritty" feel, foul language and geysers of blood this is not that kind of story. There is a certain YA vibe, of an epic in the style of Karl May or Alexandre Dumas. There is war, and da [...]

    15. The Eagle of the Ninth is a story that plods its way through a beautifully detailed setting.Rosemary Sutcliff found her inspiration for The Eagle of the Ninth in two real stories of Roman Britain – one, the legendary (and somewhat historically disputed) disappearance of the Ninth Legion after it was sent north of Hadrian’s Wall to battle the Picts in 117 AD; and two, the discovery of a wingless Roman Eagle at an archaelogical dig in Silchester. And so Marcus was created, the son of the leade [...]

    16. The first half of the book tells of how Marcus Flavius Aquila, a young Roman officer arrived in Britain as a centurion and was injured in a battle and then, unfit for duty, was discharged. Some years earlier, sometime in 117 AD, the Ninth Hispana Legion, led by his father had marched north from its base at Eburacum (York) into the mists of Northern Britain to deal with a rising among the Caledonian tribes and was never heard of again – their Eagle Standard was also lost.Marcus then sets out to [...]

    17. No-one knows what really happened to the Ninth Legion, the Hispana. All that is known is that it marched north into what is now Scotland to deal with the Painted People, and disappeared into the mists. A battered eagle, shorn of is wings is in the museum at Reading, having been found during the excavations of Silchester, formerly known as Calleva Atrebatum.Out of these two facts, Rosemary Sutcliff has written a wonderfully resonant story about hard choices, bravery and the ways in which that bra [...]

    18. Have always loved early Britain stories. This is my first Sutcliff even though my boy has loved this series forever. Really decent YA writer. The three in this series "Eagle of the Ninth," "The Silver Branch," and "The Lantern Bearers," are very well done. #1 is almost pre-Christianity, #2 Rome is crumbling, #3 Rome is vanquished, Hengest is invading Britain, Arthur is rising. Of course anything touching Arthur's legend is my favorite so I liked #3 best. Good for boy and girl audiences. Good for [...]

    19. i'm not a really a historical fan or know much about britian's or rome's history, and all this made me put aside reading this book, till a friend's 10000th time praises for this book made me pick it up. this only reminded me that i should be only reading what hallie tells me to. a most lovely story, with interesting people in it and do please read anything hallie recommend! :)

    20. Marcus Flavius Aquila is a young Centurion with a bright and limitless future in the Roman Army before him, sent to the frontier of Britain to command his first Cohort. Service to Rome and pride in the army is in Marcus's blood, for his father had proudly served with the Ninth Legion. However, a shadow hangs over that legion's reputation, and the honor of every man who served in her ranks - for ten years prior, they marched north and disappeared. When an uprising threatens Marcus's command, he w [...]

    21. I have read this book four or five times now, and I like it more and more every time, enough that by now I think I have to give it five stars. It's the story of a young man in Roman Britain, Marcus Flavius Aquila, and his quest for the lost Eagle standard of the Ninth Legion, his father's legion. (I have by now entirely stopped snickering at the fact that his name is Aquila, but I think this used to strike me as funny.)This is a children's book of the sort that I don't think anyone writes anymor [...]

    22. One of my friends keeps reading slash fanfiction about the protagonists and I was socked to discover that this was written in the 50s and intended for children. So you understand why I was dying to read this book as soon as possible. Discharged because of a battle wound, a Roman officer Marcus moves in with his uncle and saves a gladiator from death. It's all great and wholesome, the battle was awful and dramatic, so I assumed that I would like the adventure aspect more than a hypothetical pairi [...]

    23. An engrossing adventure that takes the reader from a well-staffed Roman garrison to the wilds of Scotland during the last days of Rome. Roman soldier Marcus Aquila and his British servant Esca are an interesting pair, and I liked seeing the contrast between their two cultures. I also liked the day-to-day details of life in Uncle Aquila's household. I never felt that the story dragged, and it honestly could have been longer. I did like that there wasn't a lot of traveling around, eating at campfi [...]

    24. As with most historical fiction books I've read recently, this one was superb. The level of research the author must have put in to get those tiny realistic details is amazing.The ending was one of the most satisfying endings of any historical novel. Not all great novels are based on amazing heroics or hero's built like Atlas. This hero is injured and weak and yet his morals and his decisions are heroic.I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

    25. Normaly I read a book before I watch the movie based on it. But when I watched "The Eagle" I didn't know there was a book out there. I loved the movie so when I heard about the book I was pretty sure I would like it, too. And I loved it! I know I did a lot of 5 star reviews lately, but this one really deserved it! "The Eagle of the ninth" is set in Roman Britain. 12 years ago the ninth legion marched into the mists of Caledonia to battle an uprising. No one ever heard anything from them. Now Mar [...]

    26. First published in 1954, The Eagle Of The Ninth was once to be found in every children's library in the UK. For the last fifteen or twenty years, however, Rosemary Sutcliff' has been somewhat forgotten as the solid, carefully written style of her books has given way to fiction that thrusts itself more brazenly upon its readers.Hearing that there was a film coming out in 2011, I thought I would renew my acquaintance and I am very glad that I did. Based upon the mystery of the fate of the Ninth Le [...]

    27. In the Eagle of the Ninth, the main charecter is a brave, cautious, young Roman officer named Marcus Flavius Aquila and it takes place in the 2nd Century AD in Roman Britian. Marcus's father and his father's army went missing when he was a baby. He finally decides that he wants to go and find what happened to his father and his men. So, he brings his sly, scared, ex-slave and they travel to many places and meet many people who give them a little more information about Marcus's father. This book [...]

    28. I’ve just finished ‘The Eagle of the Ninth’, and I’m actually in tears. I can see how so many authors were inspired by this book.It’s… nothing like I expected it to be.It’s funny and exciting and very subtle, but above all else, it’s extremely human. Sure, there’s the big story, but it almost gets overshadowed by the little personal, human things, like farming and love and chosen family and peace. We never even get POVs of other characters than Marcus, and yet his chosen brothe [...]

    29. I really enjoyed this book. I had seen the movie The Eagle first and enjoyed that film (the beginning was slow but the second half was excellent) so I really wanted to read the book. The book and the movie differ quite a lot and both are very good. This book was very sweet. It had moments of excitement and the character development was very well done. I had a big grin on my face when I finished reading it.

    30. I admit, I was NOT excited to start reading The Eagle of the Ninth when my mom handed to me to read for school.But I read it. I couldn't pay attention to it, my mind can wander, until Cottia was introduced, then I was clinging to the story, all of it. Even when Cottia wasn't there. Over all it was a great story! I loved Marcus, Esca, Cottia, Cub, and Marcus's uncle--fantastic characters! Just like my review with The Book of the King, Keep. On. Reading. It gets better

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