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The Mark of the Horse Lord by Rosemary Sutcliff: The Folio Society Edition

The Mark of the Horse Lord by Rosemary Sutcliff
Introduced by Philip Reeve
Illustrated by Felix Miall

‘Simply the best twentieth-century historical novelist to have written about early Britain’ Kevin Crossley-Holland

Last week I received an exciting package from The Folio Society. Yesterday I showed you the edition of The Little Prince that I received in that parcel and today I'm pleased to share the edition of The Mark of the Horse Lord that I also received. Much like The Little Prince it is another stunning edition beautifully presented in its own slipcase. I have a real soft stop for vintage children's books and beautiful editions of classic children's books and this edition fits in wonderfully with the rest of my collection 

In the cut-throat arena of second-century Corstopitum, Phaedrus, ex-slave and gladiator, wins his freedom in bloody combat. But he soon finds himself caught up in a battle even more fierce and vital. Assuming the identity of Midir, lost king of the Dalriad tribe of Northern Britain, he must unite and lead the Horse People in rebellion against Liadhan, the traitorous queen who has usurped the throne. For Phaedrus the adventure is one of self-discovery; tattooed with the Mark of the Horse Lord he comes to learn the true nature of leadership and heroism, loyalty and sacrifice.

Illustration by Felix Miall from The Folio Society edition of The Mark of the Horse Lord by Rosemary Sutcliff ©Felix Miall 2017

Rosemary Sutcliff is heralded as one of the finest writers of historical fiction for young people, but like all good children’s authors has always been enjoyed by adults alike. In his new introduction written for this Folio Society edition, Carnegie Medal-winner Philip Reeve celebrates Sutcliff ’s unparalleled talent for bringing history alive for her readers. A master of storytelling, she weaves together well-chosen images – from ‘the skeleton shadows of the spear-stacked arms-racks’ and the ‘stink of the wild beasts’ den’ in the arena to Phaedrus decked in ‘an ancient clashing necklace of river-gold’ and ‘riding at the head of a fiery cloud of horsemen’ during his King-Making ceremony – to evoke a past rich in detail and character.

 Illustration by Felix Miall from The Folio Society edition of The Mark of the Horse Lord by Rosemary Sutcliff ©Felix Miall 2017

Felix Miall’s brush-and-ink drawings, full of verve and atmosphere, were carefully researched for historical accuracy. His portraits of the Caledonian Chieftain in battle, and the ritual hunt across the bogs of Earra-Ghyl, convey all the spirit and energy of Sutcliff ’s prose, while the binding design features Phaedrus as the Horse Lord in all his glory.

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