Song for a Dark QueenRosemary Sutcliff
fantasy, mainstream, young adult
"I suppose if she has the victory tomorrow, they'll make a song about her to sing for a thousand years..."
So wrote the joung Roman, Julius Agricola, on the eve of the great battle which was to change the face of the future. For 'she' was none other than Boudicca, or Boadicea, defiant queen of the Iceni, who had already led her small British tribe in rebellion against the dark might of the Roman invaders. Now she had summoned the War Host together, from all over Britain, determined to lead them towards the light, to freedom...
Rosemary Sutcliff (1920–1992) was a British novelist, best known as a writer of highly acclaimed historical fiction. Although primarily a children's author, the quality and depth of her writing also appeals to adults, she herself once commenting that she wrote "for children of all ages from nine to ninety."
Rosemary Sutcliff began her career as a writer in 1950 with The Chronicles of Robin Hood. She found her voice when she wrote The Eagle of the Ninth in 1954. In 1959, she won the Carnegie Medal for The Lantern Bearers and was runner-up in 1972 with Tristan and Iseult. In 1974 she was highly commended for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Her The Mark of the Horse Lord won the first Phoenix Award in