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Three Legions: "Eagle of the Ninth", "Silver Branch" and "Lantern Bearers" (Puffin Books) Paperback – Dec 1985


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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; New e. edition (Dec. 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140319174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140319170
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 377,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rosemary Sutcliff was born in Surrey, the daughter of a naval officer. At the age of two she contracted the progressively wasting Still's disease, and hence spent most of her life in a wheelchair. Her first children's book was published in 1950, and from then on she devoted her time and talents to the writing of children's historical novels, which have placed her name high in the field of contemporary children's literature. Rosemary received an OBE in the 1975 Birthday Honours List.

Rosemary Sutcliff's novels about Roman Britain have won much critical acclaim. The best-known of these is her The Eagle of the Ninth trilogy, of which the second book in the trilogy, The Lantern Bearers, was awarded the 1959 Carnegie Medal.

Sadly, Rosemary died in 1992 at the age of 72.

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This trilogy contains Rosemary Sutcliff's prizewinning novels set in Roman Britain - "The Eagle of the Ninth", "The Silver Branch" and "The Lantern Bearers".

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "ktrim17" on 19 Nov. 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book incorporates three separate novels in its plot, and all three are to a small extent related; the heroes of the second novel are the descendants of the heroes of the first novel, etc. The plots off all three novels are set in the roman province of Britain, and the book is arranged in stages - the first novel is set in a time when Britain was freshly conquered by roman legions, and was full of plans, hopes and dreams. The second novel is in the mid-stage of development, the turning point-the roman order starts to collapse and Saxons are beginning to take the lands back. The last novel is set at the end of the roman period in Britain, and the legions have already abandoned the province that is left vulnerable to raids of Saxons. The British are left all alone to defend against the barbaric tribes.
All the characters featuring throughout the book are very interesting people, and it is very enjoyable to learn about their ways of life, their travels, their misfortunes and how they deal with them. All three plots are very gripping, and are full of unexpected surprises and mysteries; the historical details are accurate and are very interesting. This book is very enjoyable, and I recommend it to anyone who is interested in the roman culture and history.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Gowers on 12 May 2010
Format: Hardcover
Having the three Aquila family novels of Roman Britian to read within one cover is the best way to own these three glorious books. I love them all as much now as I did when young, and they have appeal for all ages. That emerald ring is passed on from father to son down the centuries and subtly links the generations, and also appears in Sword at Sunset which is rightly published separately, because the Aquilas are not the main focus of that story. The Aquila line in Britain begins with the loss of the Ninth Legion in the first story - Eagle of the Ninth. This must be about the time of Hadrian or just after - 117-138 AD. It continues in The Silver Branch at the time of Carausius who was assassinated in 293 AD, and goes on in The Lantern Bearers when Vortigern was High King in the mid 400s AD.
The events of these times in history provide powerful plots full of adventure that built legends. See the reviews on the individual novels for more detail - but I can't recommend the presentation of them as a trilogy highly enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Crazy Crocodile on 17 Nov. 2013
Format: Paperback
I'm so happy with this trilogy of Roman stories by Rosemary Sutcliff. I used to read them as a child and now we're working about the Romans at school they come in handy for creating the right atmosphere. Also I was convinced that the film The Eagle is indeed based on her book!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cincinnatus on 25 May 2013
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Bought this for my 10 year old, remembering it fondly from my own childhood. Delighted to find it is just as good as I remembered. It is probably better suited to a 12 - 14 year old, though.
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