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Hermit of Eyton Forest (The Cadfael Chronicles) (original 1987; edition 1994)

by Ellis Peters

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Title:Hermit of Eyton Forest (The Cadfael Chronicles)
Authors:Ellis Peters
Info:Warner Futura (1994), Paperback, 224 pages
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The Hermit of Eyton Forest by Ellis Peters (1987)

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Well-crafted mystery and good with the medaevel setting. I didn't figure out many of the twists and turns of the mystery and it felt authentic. A good read and a keeper.
  amyem58 | Jul 15, 2014 |
Six-word review: Surprise! Someone's hiding out in disguise.

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Reading a Brother Cadfael mystery reminds me a lot of having lunch at a bookstore cafe: you know what you're getting, it won't be amazing but it's perfectly fine, you won't leave hungry, and anyway you didn't go there for the food.

I wouldn't have said this when I'd read only the first two or three in the series, but this was my fourteenth. Among the things I'm happy to give the author credit for are building a main character with enough dimensions and conflicts to be interesting, recreating a fascinating historical setting, and knowing a good formula when she finds one.

Not that everything is obvious from the beginning: it isn't. There are puzzles, red herrings, subplots, mysterious travelers, false names and false pretenses. And, dependably, there are charming young people whose threatened fortunes are championed by the worldly-wise Benedictine brother.

In this case, we have an orphaned young heir with an overbearing grandmother, a runaway serf suspected of murder, and a revered hermit caught up in a scheme to gain control of valuable lands. Somehow this is all the business of the abbey, and Cadfael is actively engaged once again in the service of truth and justice. Dependable fun, written with style and old-fashioned grace. I didn't come here for astonishment. ( )
  Meredy | Apr 15, 2014 |
Peters, nom de plume of Edith Pargeter, and also author of the Inspector Felse series, as well as some other historical novels, situates the Brother Cadfael series during the anarchic times of King Stephen in the early twelfth century.

Cadfael is a monk at the Benedictine Abbey of Shrewsbury. He came to the cowl rather late, after service in the crusades, so he often takes a more worldly and practical approach to solving riddles than his fellow monks. He and his friend, Hugh Beringer, the under-sheriff, work together to solve murders, of which there seem to be plenty. The victim in this novel is Richard, elevenyear- old son of a wealthy lord who dies and leaves all his property to Richard. Richard was being schooled at the abbey, and despite entreaties from the boy’s grandmother to return him to her, the abbot refuses, citing the importance of Richard’s father’s wish that the boy receive a good education. The grandmother, the lady Dionysia, wants Richard’s return so she can marry him off to an old woman (she’s twenty-two) and gain ownership of some contiguous lands. Richard, certainly sly for his age, watches bemused, but disappears in the forest following a series of mishaps predicted by a hermit, reputed to be holy, who has the ear of Lady Dionysia. Nothing is as it appears.

Soon Cadfael is forced to keep a secret from Hugh, something he is rarely called upon to do, in order to protect the lives of two others, one a murderer, the other, an escaped vassal. Typically, before the solution is discovered, the forest is littered with the bodies of murdered men. This is a good one. ( )
  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
afternoon of a faun. ( )
  amelish | Sep 12, 2013 |
I enjoyed this enormously. We have the impact of the civil war between Stephen and Maud on the people that come to the Abbey in Shrewsbury, and the area. There is an escaped villein, a hermit, the hermit's boy, a tale of a mysterious horse without a rider, an avaricious dowager that wants to take a boy from his guardian and marry him to a neighbouring landowner's daughter, a boy looked after and educated at the Abbey with the Abbot as his guardian at the request of his father, some hunters, a couple of murders, a disappearance.... There's a lot going on, spun in an enchanting way, at a walking pace. I enjoyed reading about the forest, and I remembered a bit about Wroxeter Roman city which appears briefly.

Good fun. ( )
  Flit | Apr 30, 2010 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Ellis Petersprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chwat, SergeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Janssens, PieterTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Langowski, JürgenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Menini, María AntoniaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Michowski, MarekTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ooide, KenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pelitti, ElsaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pošustová, StanislavaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thorne, StephenNarratorsecondary 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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