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Sometime about the year AD 117, the Ninth Legion of the Roman army of 4,000 men marched into northern Britain and not one man came back. The Eagle, the symbol of the Legion's honour, was lost. Ten years later Marcus Aquila, a young Roman officer, travels north to find the Eagle and to learn how his father died. (DZ)
The eagle of the ninth
Rosemary Sutcliff
John Escott
Oxford: Oxford University, 2000 | Other editions
88 p. : ill.
Vereenvoudigde uitg.
0194230333 0194227448 9780194230339 9780194227445

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About Rosemary Sutcliff

Rosemary Sutcliff (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, some of her novels were specifically written for adults. In a 1986 interview she said, "I would claim that my books are for children of all ages, from nine to ninety."

For her contribution as a children's writer Sutcliff was a runner-up for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1974.


Sutcliff was born 14 December 1920 to George Ernest Sutcliff and his wife Nessie Elizabeth, née Lawton, in East Clandon, Surrey. She spent her childhood in Malta and various naval bases where her father, a Royal Navy officer, was stationed. She was affected by Still's disease when she was very young, and used a wheelchair most of her life. Due to her chronic illness, Sutcliff spent mo…Read more on Wikipedia