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ISBN: 1932425624
Author: Rosemary Sutcliff
Language: English
Publisher: Front Street (March 1, 2006)
Pages: 289
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Young Adults
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 981
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Rosemary Sutcliff CBE (14 December 1920 – 23 July 1992) was an English novelist best known for children's books, especially historical fiction and retellings of myths and legends. Although she was primarily a children's author, the quality.

Rosemary Sutcliff CBE (14 December 1920 – 23 July 1992) was an English novelist best known for children's books, especially historical fiction and retellings of myths and legends. Although she was primarily a children's author, the quality and depth of her writing also appeals to adults. In a 1986 interview she said, "I would claim that my books are for children of all ages, from nine to ninety. Some of her novels were specifically written for adults.

Rosemary Sutcliff's books have been published throughout the world. I found myself seeing through Phaedrus' eyes as he became the Horse Lord. However, the ending completely shattered me. She has received a Hans Christian Andersen Highly Commended Author Award for her body of work and was named a Commander of the British Empire in the year of her death. I understand why Rosemary Sutcliff wrote the ending the way she did, and it helps to convey the Celtic view of the king and his responsibility to his people, but I could not reconcile myself to like the ending, period.

NEXT DAY WHEN the bargaining for the red mare was over and she had changed owners, they pushed on north-westward into the tribal lands beyond the shadow of Rome.

NEXT DAY WHEN the bargaining for the red mare was over and she had changed owners, they pushed on north-westward into the tribal lands beyond the shadow of Rome cked handful of warriors with him. And after that there were days and nights – so many that Phaedrus lost count of them – among the coastal marshes and steep woodland glens and great inland-running arms of the sea, with always the huge mountain mass that Sinnoch said was Cruachan the Shield-boss of the World, towering higher and higher into the northern sky.

Rosemary Sutcliff was born in 1920 in West Clanden, Surrey. Her first novel, The Queen Elizabeth Story was published in 1950

Rosemary Sutcliff was born in 1920 in West Clanden, Surrey. Her first novel, The Queen Elizabeth Story was published in 1950. In 1959 her book The Lantern Bearers won the Carnegie Medal. In 1974 she was highly commended for the Hans Christian Andersen Award and in 1978 her book, Song for a Dark Queen was commended for the Other Award. In 1975, Rosemary was awarded the OBE for services to Children's Literature and the CBE in 1992.

Rosemary Sutcliff Her other adult works include ‘The Rider of the White Horse’, ‘Blood . Why on earth, in the Year of Our Lord 1807, was he in Egypt fighting the Turks?

Handsome and gifted, Walter Ralegh was a star even in a court of brilliant men ruled by one of the greatest monarchs of all time, Elizabeth I. Ralegh held position and power, and was loved by the Queen, but his dream was to conquer new lands for Elizabeth, to find El Dorado. Her other adult works include ‘The Rider of the White Horse’, ‘Blood & Sand’ and ‘The Flowers of Adonis’. Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books. Why on earth, in the Year of Our Lord 1807, was he in Egypt fighting the Turks?

Start by marking The Mark of the Horse Lord as Want to Read .

Start by marking The Mark of the Horse Lord as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. If you're looking for a Roman Britain book or a Rosemary Sutcliff book without this level of content, I recommend reading Eagle of the Ninth and several of its sequels. Eagle of the Ninth,, The Shield Ring, and most of the other Dolphin Ring series sequels are much cleaner, apart from mild violence, and suitable for a teenage audience as well as for adults. However, another Sutcliff book that I absolutely cannot recommend, that I warn people away from, and that I will never read myself - because of content even worse in some ways than Mark of the Horse Lord - is Sword at Sunset.

276 pages ; 20 cm. The time is second-century, Roman-occupied Britain. Only uncertainty lies ahead for Phaedrus, an ex-gladiator who's earned his freedom. Then two strangers approach him with a daring plan. Phaedrus is to impersonate a long-lost prince whose throne has been usurped by the wicked queen Liadham, and regain the lands of the Horse People, a British tribe of the North. But can the new Horse Lord escape detection by the prince's boyhood friend Conory? "A Dell Yearling classic.

The Mark of the Horse Lord is a 1965 young adult novel published by Oxford University Press, with illustrations by Charles Keeping

The Mark of the Horse Lord is a 1965 young adult novel published by Oxford University Press, with illustrations by Charles Keeping. An ex-gladiator is recruited to impersonate the lost heir of the patriarchal Dalriadain in their war of succession against the matriarchal Caledones. It was the inaugural 1985 winner of the Phoenix Award

The Mark of the Horse Lord.

The Mark of the Horse Lord.

Phaedrus, an enslaved gladiator in northern Britain in the first century, earns his freedom by killing his best friend, a fellow gladiator, in a final fight to the death. Within days of leaving the arena he is recruited by leaders of a tribe from the far north to impersonate Prince Midir, who has been robbed of his right to kingship in a brutal attack by followers of the current ruler, Queen Liadhan. As Midir, Phaedrus is charged with reestablishing his kingship and the tribe's rule in the land. In this world of superstition and ancient ritual, of fierce loyalties and intertribal rivalry, Phaedrus finds companionship and love, and something more - a purpose and a meaning for his life as he comes to fully understand the significance of the Mark of the Horse Lord.

Comments:

Thozius
Rosemary Sutcliff's THE MARK OF THE HORSE LORD strikes me as historical fiction that can be enjoyed by both adults and teenagers. In fact, I see nothing about it that recommends it to the younger set only, so if you love this genre and have an interest especially in early British history and the tribes of the northlands that would later become Scotland, buy the book. In brief, what unfolds is a rags-to-"riches" tale centered on a gladiator who looks much like a Dalriadain prince, long ago blinded and deposed by a usurper Queen backed by the Caledones. Phaedrus, our protagonist, is recruited to play a difficult and dangerous role and rally the Horse People to arms and to war. Sutcliff's novel tells his unpredictable story.

Will teens take to the book? It helps that the first chapter includes a fight to the death in the gladiator ring and that the book deals in war scenes now and again. Still, it is best suited for young people at a higher reading level as the vocabulary and the writing style are challenging -- certainly more complex than your average YA fare. Sutcliff's writing is sophisticated and often beautiful. Clearly she cared about choosing the right word and was a "writer's writer" with a passion for Great Britain in the time of the Romans. This fine cover will attract teen readers easily, but reluctant readers may struggle with or abandon it. As for more experienced young readers and adults, the book should prove both worthy and entertaining. Recommended.
Blackseeker
A deeply satisfying read if you enjoy either historic tales of Roman Britain or adventure. Game of Thrones folks might like it too. History and mythology of the early British people are interwoven in a complex story. Despite this, the characters are real and vivid. Not a quick read, but a satisfying one.
misery
I am a great Sutcliff fan and can't imagine how I missed reading this book long ago. It is fascinating from beginning to end, and the ending is very moving. If you are interested in Celtic Britain, or Rome's last days in Britain, it is wonderfully convincing. She always did her homework, and it shows throughout.
Itiannta
Memorable story in Sutcliff's classic style. Her descriptions of culture and life in early periods are always engaging. Her characters can be flat, but the narrative carries a reader along. I think this is one of Sutcliff's best, though it's not well known.
Jeyn
I like this era of history and I enjoy Sutcliff's presentation of it. There is heartache in her stories and she really brings the people and their time to life. Some of her books are a little slow through the first chapter, but I encourage you to stick with it as you will get drawn into the story as it develops. Our public library no longer carries this book so I purchased it for my own library.
RUL
The Mark of the Horse Lord will etch itself into a reader's memory---vivid, potent, and captivating in its story of a slave who becomes a King--not just in name but deed. Worth reading and remembering...
Erthai
Rosemary Sutcliff's THE MARK OF THE HORSE LORD is a tale set in northern England and Scotland during the Roman Occupation. Phaedrus, a slave-turned gladiator, wins his freedom only to throw it all away when he drunkenly burns down some buildings. Spirited away by an admiring merchant, he enters a very different world, that of the Scottish Clans and their ancient ways of doing things. One clan has a problem. It is time for their Queen to step down, but unfortunately she has done away with the heir. But Phaedrus bears an uncanny resemblance to this unfortunate young man, and so he becomes Horse Lord in his stead.

I did not think that reading about a rather macho culture would be interesting. But it was. Phaedrus, despite his faults, is a likable character, and the way in which he straddles both the Celtic and Roman worlds makes him fascinating. The other thing that kept me reading was the plot, which made you wonder what was going to happen next. And Rosemary Sutcliff's wonderful descriptions brought a vanished culture vividly to life. FOUR STARS. Why don't I give it FIVE STARS? Because i found the characters of the women, Murna and her mother, to be underdeveloped and cliched.
First of all, the story itself deserves five stars. I found myself seeing through Phaedrus' eyes as he became the Horse Lord. However, the ending completely shattered me. I understand why Rosemary Sutcliff wrote the ending the way she did, and it helps to convey the Celtic view of the king and his responsibility to his people, but I could not reconcile myself to like the ending, period.

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