Rosemary Sutcliff was born in Surrey, England in 1920, and died in Walberton, West Sussex in 1992. Severely disabled by Still's disease, Rosemary was home-schooled and in the process was introduced to Celtic and Saxon legends. In 1946 she began to write her retellings of those legends for publication. With well over 40 books to her name, Rosemary Sutcliff is now considered one of the finest writers of historical novels for children and adults. She won several awards, including the Carnegie Medal, and in 1975 was awarded the OBE for services to Children’s Literature. She was awarded the CBE in the year of her death.