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The Eagle of the Ninth YenYuLin
The author Rosemary Sutcliff ( ) Born in West Clandon, Surrey, England Contracted Still's Disease Genre: historical fiction, children’s literature Quality and depth also appeals to adults: "for children of all ages from eight to eighty-eight". Was appointed an Officer of the order of British Empire for services to Children’s literature (1975)
Eagle of the Ninth The Eagle of the Ninth (1954) The Silver Branch (1957) Frontier Wolf (1980) The Lantern Bearers (1959) Carnegie Medal Sword at Sunset (1963) Dawn Wind (1961) Sword Song (1997) The Shield Ring (1956) Three Legions (1980)
Children’s novel Chronicles of Robin Hood (1950) The Queen Elizabeth Story (1950) A Saxon Settler (People of the Past series) (1965) Tristan and Iseult (1971) (runner-up, The Boston Globe-Horn Book Award)
The Eagle of the Ninth Setting: Roman Britain, 2 nd A.D. Summary: – Discharged because of a battle wound, a Roman officer Marcus Flavius Aquila tries to discover the truth about the disappearance of his father's legion in Scotland. Disguised as a Greek oculist and travelling with his freed ex-slave, Esca, Marcus finds that a demoralised and mutinous Ninth Legion was annihilated by a great rising of the northern tribes. In part, this disgrace was redeemed through a heroic last stand by a small remnant (including Marcus's father) around the legion's eagle standard. Marcus's hope of seeing the lost legion re-established is dashed, but he is able to bring back the bronze eagle so that it can no longer serve as a symbol of Roman defeat — and thus will no longer be a danger to the frontier's security.
Difficulties Roman names vs. English names Latin terms Mood of the character Dialogue Target readers: children or adults Black Humour
The reason why I choose this text… Classics Children’s Literature Military life Honour & Self-identity