Rosemary Sutcliff: The Eagle of the Ninth (2445 words)


The Eagle of the Ninth (1954) has been a best seller and an integral part of the canon of literature for a generation of children. The book is the one which made the name of Rosemary Sutcliff and remains her best known. It is the first of a thematic trilogy of Roman novels (followed by The Silver Brooch, 1957 and The Lantern Bearers, 1959) sometimes published together in a single volume (Three Legions, 1980; The Eagle of the Ninth Chronicles, 2010; The Eagle of the Ninth Collection, 2012). The three novels have in common that they are set in the Roman Empire, yet they differ in protagonists and locations, presenting three generations of the same family only tenuously linked b…

Citation: Davis, Graeme. "The Eagle of the Ninth". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 December 2019 [, accessed 25 June 2021.]

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