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Brother Cadfael's Penance (Brother Cadfael Mysteries) (original 1994; edition 1996)

by Ellis Peters

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Title:Brother Cadfael's Penance (Brother Cadfael Mysteries)
Authors:Ellis Peters
Info:Mysterious Press (1996), Mass Market Paperback, 272 pages
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Brother Cadfael's Penance by Ellis Peters (1994)



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I love Brother Cadfael mysteries. ( )
  RBeene | Mar 20, 2015 |
As the series progresses, the mysteries become less important to the story, with less of Cadfael's sleuthing, and the adventures more so. There's very little investigation here, but a rousing adventure and a great series of scenes of a castle under siege. A wonderful ending to a series that's become a classic. ( )
1 vote GunnarGrey | Apr 8, 2013 |
Olivier de Bretagne has vanished after becoming a POW when Faringdon castle was betrayed. Cadfael exceeds his leave from the monastery and goes on a quest to find him. Will the monastery accept him back?

Again, there is a murder but the discovery of who committed it is inconsequential to the main story, which is a fitting and moving end to the series. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Nov 23, 2011 |
It's odd that this was the last Cadfael mystery, as the issues that are dealt with are really life-resolving, now-I-can-die-in-peace sorts of issues. Perhaps Ms. Peters had an inkling that this would be the last, or near last, of her brilliant series. As with all in the series, the historical detail is incredible and the characters seem to fit perfectly into their times. Almost for the first time we see the intensity and determination that must have been the soldier Cadfael, but without ever losing the serenity of the monk. There is a murder but it's almost an afterthought to the main plot. A lovely ending to the series starring one of the most thoroughly likable characters in all of detective fiction. ( )
1 vote benfulton | Oct 3, 2011 |
Here we have Brother Cadfael of the Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul in Shrewsbury musing upon the shortening days of November and the fleeting nature of life. "It may be that God is reminding me that I am approaching my November. Well, why regret it?...go contentedly into the earth with the moist, gentle, skeletal leaves, worn to cobweb fragility, like the skins of very old men..." But Cadfael has yet a task to do, a responsibility of fatherhood now that his son made known to him only recently, is in mortal danger. Will Cadfael break his vow of obedience to the Benedictine order to fulfil this responsibility? Will the pull of the calm within the pale draw him back from the world he re-enters to help his son? We are charmed by Ellis Peters in this the last book of her Brother Cadfael series, charmed by her beautiful imagery, colorful portrayal of the medieval world and her leading character, a man who bridges the best of the world he long served and the cloister he loves. ( )
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The Earl of Leicester's courier came riding over the bridge that spanned the Severn, and into the town of Shrewsbury, somewhat past noon on a day at the beginning of November, with three months' news in his saddle roll.
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While Cadfael has bent Abbey rules, he has never broken his monastic vows--until now. Word has come to Shrewsbury of a treacherous act that has left 30 of Maud's knights imprisoned. All have been ransomed except Cadfael's secret son, Olivier. Conceived in Cadfael's soldiering youth and unaware of his father's identity, Olivier will die if he is not freed.

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In 12th Century Britain, Brother Cadfael searches for his son, Olivier de Bretagne, taken prisoner in a war between the grandchildren of William the Conqueror. In the process he discovers intrigue and murder. By the author of The Holy Thief.

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