The Shining Company

The Shining Company Life is secure and peaceful for young Prosper second son of Gerontius until the day Prince Gorthyn arrives with his hunting party Prosper s unusual daring in the hunt catches the prince s attention

  • Title: The Shining Company
  • Author: Rosemary Sutcliff
  • ISBN: 9780374466169
  • Page: 428
  • Format: Paperback
  • Life is secure and peaceful for young Prosper, second son of Gerontius, until the day Prince Gorthyn arrives with his hunting party Prosper s unusual daring in the hunt catches the prince s attention, and he promises to make Prosper his shield bearer when he comes of age Two years later, three hundred princes are summoned to the king s fortress at Dyn Eidin, where they wLife is secure and peaceful for young Prosper, second son of Gerontius, until the day Prince Gorthyn arrives with his hunting party Prosper s unusual daring in the hunt catches the prince s attention, and he promises to make Prosper his shield bearer when he comes of age Two years later, three hundred princes are summoned to the king s fortress at Dyn Eidin, where they will prepare to fight the Saxon forces which are gaining strength in the east Prosper, with Conn, his bondservant, leaves his father s lands to join Gorthyn in the rigorous training for battle With the coming of spring, word reaches the Three Hundred Companions that the Saxon leader has taken yet another kingdom They set out at once for the Saxon stronghold of Catraeth, where Prosper must face the greatest challenges of his life.Adventure and heroism against impossible odds create a moving, robust tale set in Britain in the eighth century and based on actual events.

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    1. The Shining Company is based on Y Gododdin, which I didn't know before I started reading it. Obviously, that quickly became clear once we started into the story, and it quickly eclipsed the small, domestic, human life that opened the story. Leaving the woman who has been centrally important so far behind, never to be seen again, and rarely mentioned -- not surprising, for Sutcliff, but disappointing. Luned or Niamh or the queen -- I forget if she was ever given a name of her own -- could've been [...]

    2. I have a long-standing love affair with Rosemary Sutcliff. Not literally, of course. In my opinion, she is simply the best of the best when it comes to historical fiction. I had never read The Shining Company before but it is now high on my recommended list. The book expands the events described in the poem Y Gododdin, mainly from the point of view of Prosper, son of Gerontius and shieldbearer to one of the three hundred heroes who make up the Shining Company. The three hundred were called to Dy [...]

    3. This is yet another Sutcliff masterpiece. The book almost reads itself and in many ways it is written in a simpler style than she uses in her other works - most certainly in a far simpler style than Sword at Sunset, also written in the first person, but then again Prosper is not Artos. The story itself was very good, albeit slightly heartbreaking, but then again this is part of Sutcliff's talent, to speak in an alomst matter of fact way about tragic things. The idea that these events are written [...]

    4. What I love about Rosemary Sutcliff, is that she finds those obscure little moments in history and can make a brilliant story out of them. Every time I read one of her books, I say it's my favorite, and I've just come to the conclusion that all her books are equally good. I loved this story because she managed to convey the camaraderie between brothers in arms--Sword Brothers--wonderfully, which is why I love to read novels about war and battles in the first place. The characters were brilliant [...]

    5. Well written historical fiction told from the point of view of a shieldbearer (similar to a squire) of one of the Shining Company (similar in purpose to the Spartan Three Hundred, but not used as nobly or as effectively). Prosper, the protaganist shieldbearer (i.e. narrator), grew up fast during this story and came to be rueful maturity in one of the most heartbreaking crucible battles I've ever read. Beautiful prose and vivid (almost heart-pounding) hunt and battle scenes. Occasionally interspe [...]

    6. MAKING A SONG FOR A THOUSAND YEARS!It is 600 AD in Britain, the dawn of the Dark Ages, when the Roman presence was but a memory generations back--an almost wistful time preserved in odd names and stone ruins. Saxon invaders from across the ocean have been steadily encroaching on Celtic Lands--spreading their rough culture like a virus from the Southeastern Coast in all directions, ruthlessly destroying what little remained of the native cultures. Alas, there is no Artos, the Bear, with his galla [...]

    7. Rosemary Suttcliff's writing style is so distinctive, so heartwarming, so beautiful; it certainly influenced me and I am the better for it. Her prose has the romantic quality that is prized but so rarely achieved in medieval literature. She uses anecdotes and side stories to develop her characters, giving little examples of their character so that by the time the danger comes around, they feel fleshed-out and fully human."The Shining Company" spends a while setting things up, setting up the main [...]

    8. Damn, it's been a long time since I've been in floods of tears over a book. And I knew it was coming, right from the start, but I still kept thinking, "No, you're not *actually* going to kill them all, are you? You're not really going to do it, right?" And then, well. Yeah. I think I'm too used to the fantasy trope of the small, plucky band winning through against overwhelming odds, and it was kind of devastating to realise, oh hey, that won't be happening this time.Things I like: - Sutcliff's p [...]

    9. This is Sutcliff, so the writing is lovely, and all the basic themes--loyalty, the value of action even in the face of inevitable defeat, the ways we are both inspired and trapped by the past--are there. And yet it didn't, quite, work for me. I think the book was too short for the story she was trying to tell. I liked best the beginning, with Luned and Conn and the hart, which showed Sutcliff's powers of description and the numinous at their finest. Once Prosper left home, though, the other char [...]

    10. This book is all the best things about Rosemary Sutcliff's work rolled into one. It's got a real historical basis (for, er, epic poetry values of real and historical) like Sword at Sunset, and in fact references Artos and his band. It also references Frontier Wolf, which is sort of nifty! There is a boy who has a slave who is really his friend, along the lines of The Eagle Of The Ninth. There are fealty relationships and sword-brothers; there is a dog, and nature porn, and epic battles that kill [...]

    11. Wonderful to read Rosemary Sutcliff again even with such a dark tale. This is the story of the 7th century raid by British warriors on Catraeth, which was the subject of an epic poem by British bard Aneirin, and Rosemary Sutcliff makes sense of what had always seemed a complete waste of life. She writes about a world of brave warriors betrayed by politics and evokes the crumbling land of post-Roman Britain haunted by echoes of its past beautifully. The characters aren't as clear as they are in s [...]

    12. Good. Very good. Juvenile perhaps, but well-conceived and well-written. A good read.Taking a epic from Britain's dark ages, Sutcliff weaves a tale which the reader has little trouble immersing himself in and going with Rosemary's flow.

    13. Very well-written but very hard to understand. Like To Kill a Mockingbird, you have to really think about what you're reading, which is what I like. Also has a lot of words and names that have different pronunciations than I am used to which made it a little bit hard to imagine in my head (but my book has a list of pronunciations at the beginning so I referred to that a lot).Other than that, it was very well-written and a good story. A little bit depressing at the end, but it was a good read all [...]

    14. Be still, my heart. I picked this up off the shelf with no prior knowledge and was completely delighted to find out that it's based on Y Gododdin. I've read excerpts of the Welsh poem and was enthralled by its beauty, but it had been so many years that the events of the book still took me by surprise. I think the Welsh language is one of the most beautiful in the world, and Sutcliffe weaves Welsh patterns of speech into her English prose. Her imagery and descriptions are exquisite. The book is b [...]

    15. Found this 1977 edition in the State Library of Queensland. The dust jacket states that Antelope Books target 6-9yo. Quite mature content for that age! The story was all about marriage and vying for power in a prehistoric society. A far cry from our expectations of kids today. It is a beautiful chapter book with large font and intricate pictures. I can remember reading chapter books like this in primary school in the 80s and thinking the pictures were unattractive, but being drawn in by the stor [...]

    16. A good read if you like Anglo-Saxon tales or King Arthur stories at times beautiful, at times sickeningly brutal. It had many slow spots full of descriptions, but the more exciting bits kept me clinging to the story. After the climax of the book, I read to the end because I desperately needed to find out what became of Prosper.

    17. This book was not memorable for me. I don't even remember what it was about now, I am not even 100% certain I finished it that's how little an impression it made. "Knight's Fee" is a far better alternative and is at least a four star book.

    18. The Shining company is very compelling. For how the Prosper has narrated the book so far about him and as a young boy and his servant Conn. As well as seeing a arch angel dagger that soon gives him a sense of adventure. And the seeing of the White Hart, legendary deer even king Arthur himself try to hunt. But will soon join the prince’s army.

    19. I was going to say that this is an abnormally low rating for me to give a Sutcliff book, but as it happens, I've handed out more 3-stars than I realized. I guess maybe I'm not as big a Sutcliff fan as I thought. Still, I feel a little bit guilty -- especially since I'm fully aware that many people love this one, it broke their heart, it's "fierce and shining" or whatever the critic quoted on the back of it had to say. In fact, I picked it up because I was in a reading slump and wanted something [...]

    20. This book was set in Medieval Wales, where Prosper, the son of a Welsh chieftain, joins the war army to fight off a Saxon invasion. The Shining Company is a war band of three hundred men. Their shieldbearers, of which Prosper is one, try to protect the masters in a desperate attempt to push back the invaders. They all know their time is drawing near, but are comforted that Aneirin, King Mynyddog's bard, will keep their tales alive forever.Prosper was brought up with his beautiful foster sister L [...]

    21. This book is all boy. No romance at all. Sutcliff does a great job of bringing the poem to life, but I found myself skipping over passages describing their travelling from one point to another. The description of the last stand was moving--war is horrifying in what it does to people's lives. But Prosper's character was not well fleshed out. I didn't long to follow him in his journeys--he didn't compell me in any way. He seemed more to be following others. I did like Conn and wished for more on h [...]

    22. A decent Sutcliff novel, although not one that I enjoyed as much as I thought I would, given that everyone else loves this one to pieces.It's a retelling of Y Gododdin, a medieval Welsh epic about a battle against the Saxons, from the point of view of Prosper, one of the warriors' shieldbearers. It contains a lot of things I generally enjoy in Sutcliff's work: nature description, the sense that all this is built on the people who have come before, loyalty, friendship, epic battles, a sense of th [...]

    23. In The Shining Company Rosemary Sutcliff expands the story of medieval Welsh poem, Y Gododdin. The poem is a tragic account of 300 warrior companions who alone attempted to drive back the Saxon invaders. Rather than focus on the companions themselves, Sutcliff tells the story from the perspective of one of their shield-bearers, Prosper. Throughout his coming of age Prosper encounters many of the characteristic Sutcliff themes—isolation, freedom and slavery, and self-discovery. The first-person [...]

    24. This is a somewhat dated children's story which somehow reminds me of King Arthur's Labyrinth in Corris: a good idea but somewhat lacking in the way it's pulled off.A young boy joins as the shield-bearer for a warrior who joins up with other clan chiefs to fight the Saxons (the shining company). As usually happens not all of the allies who promised to support the cause show up on the day and the battle doesn't go their way. They then have to retreat through enemy land with wounded.There is much [...]

    25. I used to dislike Rosemary Sutcliff's writing style because it was too descriptive. Now that I'm older, I understand how good Sutcliff is at evoking the feelings of bleak moors and melancholy times in Ancient Britain. This book is based on a poem, "The Gododdin", written by a bard in Ancient Britain. Sutcliff tells the story of the desperate exploit of three hundred men and their shield bearers as they try to hold off the Saxon horde. There weren't many plot twists in the book, but the whole wor [...]

    26. I want to give this book five stars and two stars at the same time. Five stars for the writing; it's beautiful and absolutely sweeps you away into early medieval Britain. Likewise with the historical details. If you happen to be an early British history geek who's actually read the poem she based the book on--Y Gododdin--then some of the little "inside jokes" are extra awesome, but even if not, you'll get a strong sense of the setting and the time. The two stars is for the actual story line. The [...]

    27. The author of this book is a highly respected children's author, and I've read other books of hers that I've enjoyed, so I had high expectations. Nevertheless, it never managed to grab my attention; there's too much description and not enough action or dialogue. Plus the narrative moves too slowly. I assume, however, that it's an apt rendition of the original epic poem on which it's based. So if you're interested in the poem itself and want to get a deeper historical perspective on the times and [...]

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