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Tales of Early Britain

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Tales of Britain

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No one has surpassed Rosemary Sutcliff in her ability to recreate the life and times of early Britain. In books such as Sun Horse, Moon Horse, not sure if heard or read these books, not to forget Warrior Scarlet, she vividly portrays the Iron and Bronze Age peoples of Britain.

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There is no written record of Rosemary Sutcliff.

This is remarkable of the writer to have written such stories and no record of her work. Rosemary writes of the naïve people of Britain and of the Roman occupation forces with equal skill and sympathy.

The title of Sutcliff’s The Eagle of the ninth, The Silver Branch and The Lantern Bearers, forms a trilogy that describes the period when Britain was ruled by Romans.

In the third book, the last of the Roman auxiliaries set sail in their galleys and abandon Britain to eternal strife and the menace of invasion by Saxons. As the final moment, one Roman officer decides that his loyalties lie with Britain rather than with the legions.

Aquila returns to his family villa, only to see all that he loves destroyed by the Saxons. His father is killed, his sister is captured, and he is enslaved by the hand of the invaders.

Three years later he escapes his thralldom, but it is many years before he can rid himself of the black bitterness of his sister’s marriage to a Saxon.

In the Shining Company, Sutcliff tells of the king’s betrayal of his war host of three hundred young men sent to fight the invading Saxons. Among them is his own son.

Gortyn, and his shield-bearer, Prosper. Set in A.D. 600 the story is based on the Gododdin, the earliest surviving North British poem. It is a story of adventure and heroism, loyalty, and betrayal.

Sutcliff’s Sword Song is a fine coming-of-age story that focuses on the Viking occupation of Britain and on Bjarni Sigurdson, a young Viking warrior who is banished from his village in Northern Scotland for accidentally killing a man.

Medieval Time and Tales

In the Dark Ages, the chivalrous deeds of the knights were a window to the light.

Young children seven years of age and older were intrigued with stories of the days of knighthood. Some of them will be able to read Clyde Bulla’s The Sword in the Tree, the story of a boy who saved his father and Weldon Castle by bravely going to King Arthur.

Through treachery, Shan’s uncle makes his own brother a captive and takes control of the castle. He recalled where he hid his father’s sword in a tree, Shan gained his place as the rightful owner of Weldon Castle.

An easy to read book and excitement on every page. Medieval entertainers were minstrels, whose special way of life provides a natural frame for the journey or chase stories.

Thirteenth-century England is the setting for the Newbery Medal winner Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray, It is the story of Adam, his minstrel father, Roger, and Adam’s devoted dog, Nick.

The dog Nick is stolen on the way to the great Fair of St. Giles, and in the frantic chase that follows, Adam is separated from his father.

It takes him a whole long winter to find both Nick and Roger again. Adam has many adventures and some disasters, but he learns that the road is home to the minstrel and that people generally are kind.

Marguerite de Angeli has written many books, but her finest is the Door in the Wall. A Newbery Medal winner. Setting the book in fourteenth-century England, de Angeli painted in words and pictures the dramatic story of Robin, son of Sir John de Bureford, Robin is to become a page to Sir Peter de Lindsay.

He becomes ill with a strange malady, however, and is taken to the monastery by Brother Luke. There, Robin learns many things to whittle, to swim, to read, to write, and above all to have patience.

I see in these stories’ entertainment, justice, and a lively plot, interesting and provides excitement to look forward to on each page. Author Karen Cushman has given us two memorable heroines whose experiences provide insights into women’s roles in the Middle Ages.

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The title character of Catherine, Called Birdy a daughter of a minor baron whose schemes to marry her off to one appalling husband after another from the centre of the plot.

Catherine is called ‘’Birdy’’ because of the birds she keeps as pets, wishes desperately for the freedom to move about the countryside and beyond the limitations placed upon her. The bids’ cages represent what Catherine endures in her life.

Catherine escapes marriage with the worst of her ancient suitors and ends up with a husband who can match her wit and independent spirit. The outcome is not tragic and Catherine got what she always wanted and the type of person who can live up to her expectations.


Medieval Time and Tales

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Devika Primić


Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 27, 2020:

MG Singh thank you very much

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 27, 2020:

Peggy I found the fairy tales interesting and had to write about it. Thank you

MG Singh emge from Singapore on September 26, 2020:

This added to my information and made an interesting read

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 26, 2020:

If children are encouraged to read, most often they become lifelong readers. These sound like exciting books to read and be able to vicariously enjoy other centuries. Thanks for telling us about them.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 07, 2020:

Hi DREAM ON so nice to hear from you. Thank you for comments.

DREAM ON on February 07, 2020:

You have enlightened me to a whole new world. I wonder what it was like to be her and experiencing England at a different time. We are blessed to have her works survive over the years. Thank you for sharing your interest and your passion for reading. Have a wonderful morning.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 29, 2020:

Rajan Singh Jolly thank you for comments.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 28, 2020:

I had not heard about this book and the others until I read this hub. Thank you for sharing. Maybe I can find time to read a few.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 27, 2020:

Hi Mel Carriere thank you this information got me interested after reading about it. I appreciate your comments.

Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on January 26, 2020:

The works of Rosemary Sutcliffe sound fascinating, especially because the lack of written records of her. There are countless novels about King Arthur, but very little of the Angles and Saxons that he had to fight. I will investigate this further now, because you have piqued my interest.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 25, 2020:

Denise thank you for stopping by.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on January 24, 2020:

I love children's stories and these tales look like my favorite thing. Thanks.



Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 23, 2020:

Chitrangada Sharan Thank you hoe all is well with you I am glad you shared your comment here.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on January 22, 2020:

Well written and informative article about the early Britain. I like knowing about the history of various places. You have some good suggestions here, about which I wasn’t aware of.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful article.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 22, 2020:

manatita44 thank you kindly for comments I appreciate your feedback.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 22, 2020:

Thelma Alberts

Thank you for comments glad you stopped by

manatita44 from london on January 21, 2020:

I have read similar stories and like yours they are filled with adventure and intrigue. It is indeed a rich, yet tainted past … like the present, perhaps. Good write.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on January 21, 2020:

I have not heard about these books. It seems very interesting to read. Thanks for sharing.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 21, 2020:

Pamela Oglesby thank yo very much for comments. These books are entertaining and interesting glad you stopped by

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 21, 2020:

These books are new to me. I apppreciate your excellent reviews and I think I would emjoy these books.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 21, 2020:

Hi Louise I am fascinated with tales from around the world. Thank you

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 21, 2020:

Hi Eric thank you for comment it is interesting and fascinating to know of Britain's tales.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 21, 2020:

Hello Bill thank you for the comment.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 21, 2020:

Hi MG Singh thank you

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 21, 2020:

Hi Liz neither have I but have researched it and found these books that existed many years ago and the fascinating tales got me interested to write this hub. Thank you.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 21, 2020:

Hi Ruby thank you the tales are entertaining and got my attention

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 21, 2020:

Hi Linda thank you for sharing that information about Rosemary Sutcliff. i appreciate your kind comment

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on January 21, 2020:

I enjoy reading good children's and history books. The ones that you've described sound exactly like the ones I like to read. Thank you for sharing the information.

Rosemary Sutcliff wrote an autobiography and there's quite a lot of information about her online. Exploring these sources should be a way to discover some facts about her life. I'd like to learn more about her after reading your interesting article.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on January 21, 2020:

I didn't know England was Ruled by the Romans. Very informative hub.

Liz Westwood from UK on January 21, 2020:

I had not come across these books before.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on January 21, 2020:

Fascinating stuff and well presented

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 21, 2020:

I seem to be fascinated by British history of late. Can't get enough of it. Thanks for the suggestions.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 21, 2020:

Cool stuff here. I will definitely look into this in more depth. A another great hub from a great friend.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on January 21, 2020:

I love reading about tales of early England. And there are so many!

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