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A Rare Benedictine by Ellis Peters
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A Rare Benedictine (1988)

by Ellis Peters

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Series: Brother Cadfael (Prequel Anthology)

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Brother Cadfael was my introduction to historical mysteries. This collection of three short stories is noted most for an introductory tale that explains how Cadfael became a monk at the abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul just outside Shrewsbury. The short stories display the same Cadfael as we find in the later tales, and not only the first, but the second as well, are set before the first story in the series and offer glimpses into the earlier days before the stories.

Cadfael is an excellent introduction to the genre. ( )
  Bill.Bradford | May 24, 2014 |
Six-word review: Cadfael's backstory, meant for series fans.

Extended review:

I sought out and read this small volume when I'd completed fourteen of the twenty novels in the Brother Cadfael series. Having come to know the crime-solving medieval monk fairly well by this time, I was interested in the story that explains how and why he made his unexpected transition in middle age from the life of a fighting man to a pledge of poverty, chastity, and obedience behind monastery walls.

Any time after the second or third chronicle, when I was already well entrenched as a series reader, I'd have welcomed this amplification of Cadfael's personal history.

However, I think the three short stories under this cover would have made for a poor introduction to the series; they were meant primarily to fill in background rather than to attract new readers. As such, they perform their function well. I don't think it's altogether fair to rate them independently. Rather, a newcomer to the series and the character would do best to start with the first or second of the novels, and come looking for Cadfael in his pre-Shrewsbury days only when moved by curiosity. ( )
1 vote Meredy | Apr 22, 2014 |
Wonderful! Ellis Peters gives us a wonderful bruef background sketch of Cadfael's life and how he came to become a Benedictine munk. ( )
  SLamkin | Feb 21, 2014 |
Liked the first story best. Oh, and the cover. ( )
  amelish | Sep 12, 2013 |
A decent introduction to Brother Cadfael, a Benedictine monk from the twelfth century who has a knack for detective work. The book was written many years after "Ellis Peters" (Edith Pargeter) had established the character, so this was an attempt to provide the background when Cadfael joined the Benedictine order. I didn't find the three short stories to be gripping enough to make me want to read more; readers who have already encountered the monk may find more enjoyment. The stories are too short to really establish any characters -- including Cadfael himself -- so it's fairly easy to guess who committed the crimes. The illustrations are quite nice but unnecessary. ( )
2 vote legallypuzzled | Oct 1, 2011 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Ellis Petersprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chwat, SergeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Harper, CliffordIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Janssens, PieterTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Langowski, JürgenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Oka, TatsukoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ooide, KenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pelitti, ElsaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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From the Introduction: Brother Cadfael sprang to life unexpectedly when he was already approaching sixty, mature, experienced, fully armed and seventeen years tonsured.
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Consists of three short stories:

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0446400882, Mass Market Paperback)

Finally, Brother Cadfael's many fans can discover the chain of events that led him into the Benedictine Order! Lavishly illustrated, these three tales show Cadfael at the height of his sleuthing form. "Three classic stories featuring Brother Cadfael . . . whose powers of deduction are practically miraculous".--Booklist.

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A collection of three stories of 12th-century monastic life including a Christmas story, a tale of robbery and attempted murder, and a narrative of Brother Cadfael's early years.

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