A novel based on the life and campaigns of Boudicca, Queen of the Iceni. When the Roman Emperor Nero rules that the royal line of the Iceni is to be ended, Boudicca knows that this is one battle she cannot afford to lose. Rosemary Sutcliff won the 1959 Carnegie Medal for "The Lantern Bearers".
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Rosemary Sutcliff, who died in 1992, was Britain's best-loved writer of historical fiction for children--sometimes shading into borderline fantasy. Song of a Dark Queen (1978) retells the story of Queen Boadicea or Boudicca and her bloodthirsty uprising in AD 60 against the Roman occupation of Britain. Emperor Nero's excesses demanded that every last drop of tribute be squeezed from Roman colonies: the semi-independent state of Boadicea's tribe the Iceni was annexed and plundered, and her daughters raped. As recorded by Tacitus and shudderingly mentioned in Lindsey Davis's "Falco" novels, her revenge was terrible. This story of the queen's life and doomed rebellion is told by her harper, who both understands the agony that drives her and is horrified by a slaughter which doesn't spare women or children. Nor does Sutcliff spare younger readers the atrocities, however delicately understated. In Boadicea's earlier, happier days there are rich evocations of Iceni life, customs and conversations, with unobtrusively Celtic speech-patterns. Resonant imagery continues through the approach of war, the omens of doom--our fey queen sees a river running with blood, perhaps only reflected sunset--and the final clash with Rome's implacable military machine. A moving story, and not just for children. -- David LangfordBook Description:
An epic historical tale from the acclaimed award-winning author, Rosemary Sutcliff.
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Book Description Red Fox, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Song for a Dark Queen (Red Fox Older Fiction) This book is in very good condition and will be shipped within 24 hours of ordering. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. This book has clearly been well maintained and looked after thus far. Money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. See all our books here, order more than 1 book and get discounted shipping. . Bookseller Inventory # 7719-9780099527916
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Book Description Red Fox, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: Used: Good. 17 to 19 cm tall (12mo). 1st class post to the UK, Airmail worldwide. Robust packaging. Bookseller Inventory # 131464
Book Description Random House, London, U.K., 1996. Soft cover. Book Condition: Fine. 18 x 11 x 1.2 x 0.10 Paperback with lightly bumped corners. Clean and unmarked. Bookseller Inventory # 001741
Book Description Random House of Canada, Limited, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, 1996. Paper Back. Book Condition: Good. No Jacket. 4"3/8 x 7" x 1/2". Children's historical novel. Story of Queen Boadicca told through the eyes of her harper. About her battle with Emperor Nero and the Roman army. Written with passion, insight and depth.with an understanding of military tactics and the feel of battle. Paperback. Book is bent. Page missing from inside front cover, not part of text. Library label, stamps. Pages clean and tightly bound. 173 pages. Location: 160. Ex- Library. Bookseller Inventory # 8882