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A BBC Radio 4 full cast dramatisation of Rosemary Sutcliff’s much loved tale of honour comradeship and courage Somewhere around the year 117AD a Roman garrison called the Ninth Legion was ordered to put down an uprising among the Caledonian tribes Four thousand men vanished without trace into the swirling mist of the nort. 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 reality It is certainly tinged with historic factThis book had an amazing positive effect on my life in that it gave me an enormous appetite for books not just historical fiction However it did have a slightly negative effect on my life I was always in trouble with my history teachers for doubting what they told me After all when they were teaching me current affairs I was guided not to believe everything that the papers say My challenge was always that the contemporary commentators or historians that they expected me to believe were no less than the journalists of their time Why couldn t the historical fiction of which I was so fond be nearer to the truth than their history text booksEagle of the Ninth is a fantastic read Whatever your age if you haven t read this book already read it now

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Back the symbol of the lost legion’s honour their standard the Eagle of the Ninth Now adapted as a major motion picture ‘The Eagle’ starring Channing Tatum Jamie Bell and Donald Sutherland ‘The Eagle of the Ninth’ is a timeless tale that will thrill all listeners This recording was previously available on cassette. Rating Clarification 45 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 and nothing seemed out of sync or out of periodOverall it did surprise me how good this book was I mean exceptionally good I don t think I ve enjoyed a YA novel since Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games there are no similarities between the two books except that both are well written and hard to put downAlthough written primarily for a YA audience back in the mid 1950 s Sutcliff doesn t hesitate to challenge her readers with terms and phrases they might not understand heck who am I kidding it was a challenge for me at times Very probably young readers of the 50 s were well read and grounded in history then I wasThis is a story I wouldn t hesitate to recommend to young and old alike Although boys might find a greater appreciation for the story I feel it crosses age and gender lines as wellAnd imagine my surprise and delight to find that the 2011 movie The Eagle is based on this novel Now I ve got to go put this on my Netflix ueue to see if the film makers did the book justice Probably not but hey Jamie Bell is in it

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H of Roman Britain Many years after their disappearance a young centurion Marcus Auila decides to discover the truth about what happened to the legion and to its First Cohort Commander his father This gripping dramatisation tells the story of Marcus’ often perilous journey as he searches to solve the mystery and to bring. Mini ReviewFor many years Rosemary Sutcliff has been one of my favorite authors and she always will be It had been a long time since I had read this book and I decided it was high time to rediscover it It was even better than I had remembered Meet Marcus a young soldier who s career and future seem dashed after a courageous defense cripples him for life But Marcus is one of a rare breed he possess a raw white courage a grim determination that forces him to press on Despite all odds and take up a new dream venture into the wild north to find a lost standard and clear his father s name With him comes his best friend and former slave EscaMarcus and Esca s relationship is in my mind one of the definitive buddy stories and one I will never tire of reading On top of that we have Cottia and Marcus a relationship that moves beautifully from a sibling like comradeship to something uite romantic Then we have Uncle Auila the proverbial writer and a gruff old bachelor who has charm than he d like to admit There are other side characters all of them colorful and unforgettable and they are merely the finely painted details of a magnificent and epic adventure supported by the roots of Sutcliff s superb writing Sutcliff is a storyteller without parallel and The Eagle of the Ninth is one of her greatest works


10 thoughts on “The Eagle of the Ninth

  1. says:

    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

  2. says:

    WELL I CRIED ARE YOU HAPPY NOW ROSEMARY SUTCLIFF?? It's so weird When I read The Shield Ring my first Sutcliff book a few weeks ago I had the exact same experience I was reading along merrily enjoying myself greatly thinking wow this

  3. says:

    I read The Eagle of the Ninth in high school but intend to revisit it fairly soon It helped cement my fondness for well researched well written historical fiction This novel set many people on that path including some who became authors themselves This is just one of Rosemary Sutcliff's great novels She wrote this particular novel as juvenile fiction but it is such a masterful work that it appeals across age linesJust finished rereading

  4. says:

    This was a cool classic I liked the RomanBritain setting a lot The main character has a nice journey and some good friends The uest to find the eagle is a good one

  5. says:

    Mini ReviewFor many years Rosemary Sutcliff has been one of my favorite authors and she always will be It had been a long time since I had read this book and I decided it was high time to rediscover it It was even better than I had r

  6. says:

    The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff is so much than the usual riveting adventure story though it is most definitely that It's deep in thought and emotion vibrantly vivid in character and setting and rich with living

  7. says:

    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 grad

  8. says:

    In 117 ADCE the Ninth Legion of the Roman Army marched into the mists of Caledonia the land known today as Scotland They were never seen againThe standard bearer of the Legio IX Hispana who held aloft the golden e

  9. says:

    Rating Clarification 45 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 pe

  10. says:

    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 f

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