The Eagle of the Ninth

The Eagle of the Ninth

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One of Rosemary Sutcliff's acclaimed books set in Roman Britain. The Eagle of the Ninth tells the story of a young Roman officer who sets out to discover the truth behind the mysterious disappearance of the Ninth Legion, who marched into the mists of northern Britain and never came back. Rosemary Sutcliff spent most of her life in a wheelchair, suffering from the wasting Still's disease. She wrote her first book for children, The Queen's Story, in 1950 and went on to become a highly respected name in the field of children's literature. She received an OBE in 1975 and died at the age of 72 in 1992.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 302 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 22mm | 222.26g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 1 map
  • 0192750453
  • 9780192750457

Review Text

A fresh background this, and one that is its own reward in an unusual story of Britain under Roman suzerainty. The conflict with the native tribes was sporadic, and demanded the Roman Legions. Marcus Flavius Aquila, whose father had commanded the First Cohort of the Ninth Legion- lost, unexplained, somewhere in Britain, is on his first command when the story opens. By its close, he has won his honors in a hard cause,- wounded, permanently crippled, in one action, achieving the impossible in reclaiming the lost eagle of his father's command- and clearing up the mystery of its disappearance. He has learned too what it means to accept defeat - to put down roots in a new land- to find friendship and love. Maturely conceived, grounded in scholarship. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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