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The Hermit of Eyton Forest: The Fourteenth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael (original 1987; edition 1989)

by Ellis Peters

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Title:The Hermit of Eyton Forest: The Fourteenth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael
Authors:Ellis Peters
Info:Mysterious Press (1989), Mass Market Paperback, 240 pages
Collections:Your library, Read in 2012
Rating:***1/2
Tags:Fiction, Paperback, British Literature, Historical Fiction, Medieval, Religion, Series, 2012/12

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Every time I read a book by Elis Peters (Edit Pargeter) I am reminded why I simply devour them: she is an incredible writer. She has a tremendous descriptive talent. The Hermit of Eyton Forest is another excellent example of Elis' fantastic skills. A couple of examples: "[...] the sense of enlargement that seemed to swell the soul to inhabit and fill the last arches of the vault, as a single drop of water becomes the ocean into which it falls." And: "[...] God, Who can read both the lines and between the lines, and Who in the end, in matters of passion as in matters of justice, will have the last word." These kinds of beautifully crafted phrases are to be found everywhere in her books. I highly recommend any of the Cadfael series. ( )
  MrsRK | Nov 21, 2016 |
This installment finds Brother Cadfael involved with two problems – the murder of a monastery guest and the disappearance of one of the school boys, whose has just become lord of the manor of Eaton after his father's death. The father's will appointed the abbot as the boy's guardian, but the boy's grandmother has other plans for him. She wants to marry him off to the daughter of a neighboring landowner, even though the daughter is much older than 10-year-old Richard. The grandmother has allowed a hermit to take up residence on her land, and the hermit's young assistant becomes the main suspect for the murder. The assistant has fallen in love at first sight with the forester's daughter, and series readers know by now that Cadfael always has a soft spot for young lovers.

Most books in this series follow the same formula. This isn't the best book in the series, but it's still interesting and enjoyable. Cadfael has helped other young people in danger of being married against their will, but it's usually a young woman. This predicament is given a new twist with a pre-adolescent boy as the object of Cadfael's aid. One of the biggest disappointments with this book is that Cadfael spends very little time in his herbarium or tending the sick. His knowledge of wounds and injuries mainly comes into play when he's examining corpses. ( )
  cbl_tn | Jul 16, 2016 |
10 year old Richard Ludel, a student entrusted to the abbey's care by his father, has just inherited a large estate upon his father's death. His grandmother, Dame Dionisia, insists that the boy be returned home and marry the “older” heiress to the adjoining property. Two mysterious tenants on Dame Dionisia's land, a devout hermit, Cuthred, and his young aid, Hyacinth, may in league Dionisia, who is unaware that Hyacinth is actually a runaway and that Cuthred's background is unknown. When Richard disappears from the abbey, Dame Dionisia is immediately suspect. Other events follow rapidly: an inquisitive nobleman is murdered in the forest; Hyacinth vanishes; and Cuthred is stabbed to death. Brother Cadfael must bring all his skills to solve the crimes. Though I love this series—this was not one of my favorites. I felt that character I love the most—Cadfael, was hardly part of the narrative—I found that I really wanted to see him work his “magic”—but the ending just seemed rushed. 2 ½ out of 5 stars. ( )
  marsap | May 20, 2016 |
As usual the Brother Cadfael stores are agreeable, but this one has a historical error --it assumes a marriage was invalid if not performed by a priest. This was not true until the Council of Trent some 400 years later. ( )
  antiquary | Sep 19, 2015 |
[re-read 2013]

Strange how a murder mystery can be comforting! I quite enjoy the mysteries in this volume -- and especially the interactions between Richard and Hiltrude, and between Cadfael and Rafe. Also the growing sense that Cadfael is aware his actions are perhaps not in keeping with his vows, giving a bit of a sense of the overall series arc.
  devafagan | Jan 2, 2015 |
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Ellis Petersprimary authorall editionscalculated
Chwat, SergeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Janssens, PieterTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Langowski, JürgenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Menini, María AntoniaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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It was on the eighteenth day of October of that year 1142 that Richard Ludel, hereditary tenant of the manor of Eaton, died of a debilitating weakness, left after wounds received at the battle of Lincoln, in the service of King Stephen.
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Während im Jahre 1142 in England ein Bürgerkrieg tobt, ereignen sich in der Benedikterabtei von Shrewsbury beunruhigende Vorfälle. Ein Schüler des Klosters, der ein großes Vermögen erbt, verschwindet spurlos. Ein Mann wird im Wald nahe der Abtei ermordet aufgefunden. Der Verdacht fällt auf den geheimnisvollen Eremiten im Eyton Forest und seinen jungen Begleiter.
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The arrival of a hermit in the neighborhood heralds misfortunes for the monks of the Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul. Brother Cadfael investigates the murder of a recent guest and the disappearance of a young student.

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