Rosemary Sutcliff is universally considered one of the finest writers of historical novels for children. She has written well over 40 historical novels for children (middle grade fiction, ages 8-12) and young adults (young adult fiction, ages 12-18), as well as several novels for adults and many nonfiction works.
Her books include Outcast, Black Ships Before Troy, Tristan and Iseult, Beowulf, Warrior Scarlett, The Sword and the Circle (King Arthur), The Roman Britain Trilogy, The Wanderings of Odysseus, and The Eagle of the Ninth. Her middle grade novel Knight’s Fee is considered by historical scholars as one of the greatest literary contributions to our base knowledge of ancient history.
Sutcliff was also a recipient of the Carnegie Medal, she was highly commended for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, and she was awarded the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to Children's Literature, as well as the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services and contributions to Children’s Literature.