Wednesday, April 4, 2012

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I love history: most history -  any history. I have an Arts double degree in literature and history because I couldn't pick between them.

One of the best things about reading historical fiction, even bad historical fiction, for me, is that it recreates history. I have a new obsession interest: the Romans in Britain. I've always had a vague interest, since seeing visiting York, Bath and especially St. Albans on my first visit to the UK a long time ago. Seeing some spectacular hoards in the British Museum last visit, kindled it a bit more.
Watching Neil Oliver's TV program on Ancient Britain really got the hook in. Now I'm reading The Eagle of the Ninth, Rosemary Sutcliff's 1954 novel about it. Sigh. I'm LOVING it.  Any other Romans-in-Britain reading recommendations gratefully accepted.

8 comments:

  1. one of my truly favourite books ever- Eagle of the Ninth!
    and I still fondly remember the kid's TV version, shonky simple sets and all

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    1. except that you're tall and I'm short and I'm older I'm SURE you and I were separated at birth!

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  2. I always loved her books. And have reread The Eagle several times. There is another one lurking in the porridge in my head. If I remember (this year) I will drop by and tell you.

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  3. Rosemary sutcliffe also wrote Song for a Dark Queen, which is about Boudica. Fits the Romans in Britain theme nicely.

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  4. Lots more Rosemary Sutcliff for you to enjoy, some in Roman times. The Lantern Bearers and The Silver Branch are connected with The Eagle of the Ninth. See www.rosemarysutcliff.com

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    1. Suse - I like Boudicca: what a woman.
      Anthony - thank you, I'll put resies on them at work. Gosh but I am enoying "Eagle".

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  5. Have you read Stella Duffy's "Theodora"? It was one of the best novels I read last year, well researched, great writing. Roman, though not Britain. Am stupidly excited to find that the sequel will be out this year.

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  6. No - will def. check it out. Really enjoyed a couple of Roman-set-in-Rome novels I've read previously (Pompeii - Robert Harris, a couple by Lindsay Davies - Saturnalia and The silver pigs) so I will probably broaden to more ancient Rome.

    I get stupidly excited about sequels ALL THE TIME!

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