5 September 2017
Eric Eller's interesting consideration of the Aquila Family from the Eagle of the Ninth to Dawn Wind. He also reviews Sword at Sunset on another page.
31 July 2017
Imagining the past: gods and goddesses in literature and history since the Dark Ages by Marion Gibson, 2013, Routledge
This sounded like a title that should include Rosemary Sutcliff and it does! There is talk of Kipling and how Sutcliff is influenced by him in her writings. She appears in the Something Old Something New chapter, under the heading: From Gog to Coventina: god and goddess in folklore, religion and fiction.
'The Eagle of the Ninth (1954) uses the Romano-British period and its gods to negotiate contemporary issues of generational change, masculine friendship and difference ...' pg 95
There is not a huge amount about Sutcliff, but it is likely that anyone interested in her books will find much to contemplate due to the exploration of the background of the pagan past
Excerpts of the Gibson's work can be found on Google Books. Contents include:
- From Geoffrey of Monmouth to William Camden
- Pagan deities from the antiquaries to the Romantics
- Pagan deities from the first Celtic Revival to the mid twentieth century
- Heathen men and northern deities from the Middle Ages to the mid twentieth century
- Melting the ice gods
- Three schools of
contemporary god and goddess
29 July 2017
28 July 2017
27 July 2017
At the time of writing this blog, all six episodes of the BBC's 1977 version of Eagle of the Ninth are on YouTube!
17 March 2014
Dan Lentell obviously went to see the play on the same evening we went (26th February).
' ... Sword at Sunset, based on the best-selling 1963 novel by Rosemary Sutcliff, chronicles the career of Artos from his service as a cavalry commander under his uncle, the British high king Ambrosius, through to his donning of the imperial purple as a later-day Caesar. Incorporating Artos’ seduction by his vengeful half-sister Ygerna; his strategic marriage to Guenhumara; his friendships; his battles; successes and failures, James Beagon’s adaptation would be a very tall order for any company ...'
Now read on.