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The Pilgrim of Hate (Chronicle of Brother Cadfael) (original 1984; edition 1986)

by Ellis Peters

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Title:The Pilgrim of Hate (Chronicle of Brother Cadfael)
Authors:Ellis Peters
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Another excellent "Brother Cadfael" book. Very well written, quite different from modern fiction, which is so poorly written. Highly recommend. ( )
  MrsRK | Nov 21, 2016 |
It's 1141 AD and the fourth anniversary of the bringing of a Saint's bones to Shrewsbury rapidly approaches (they were brought in the first Cadfael novel, so no details given here). At this time Empress Maud has entered London and imprisoned King Stephen in the continued vying for the throne, so things are not looking promising for Cadfael's friend, Hugh Beringer who has sworn allegiance to Stephen. An innocent man is murdered in London, and rumours have begun about that.

Pilgrims begin to arrive for the anniversary, and, naturally others are mingled among them. Cadfael helps to tend two of them, one who is lame and has been brought in hopes of a miracle and another who is bound by oath to travel barefoot wearing a very heavy cross by a thin chain. The former has come with his sister and aunt, the latter with a man bound by oath to accompany him.

Problems arise with another group of travellers who have arrived with loaded dice, ready to strip locals and pilgrims alike of their money. Soon Cadfael and Hugh are doing more than solving this mystery, but pondering the question of whether or not one of the travellers may also be the murderer from London.

While I didn't love it, I definitely liked this tenth installment in this series. Good enough to keep me reading to see what happened and to connect me to the key characters, but not so engrossing as to keep me up past my bedtime. ( )
  Karin7 | Jan 21, 2016 |

★ ★ ★ 1/2

Empress Maud has taken King Stephen hostage. While Maud is in London she turns every nobleman against her with her arrogance and is forced to flee prior to her official coronation.

King Stephen's wife, Queen Matilda, has sent a delegate to negotiate his release. The delegate is hatefully murdered by one who was instructed to allow the delegate safe passage.

Two men of stature meet a young woman, her cripple brother, & their adopted mother while on a pilgrimage to venerate Saint Winifred..... One of these men is unshod with a heavy cross hanging from his neck, the rope the cross is on cutting a groove in the flesh of his neck. The other falls in love with the young woman.....

Brother Cadfael treats the pilgrims' maladies and becomes aware that something is amiss, when a messenger from London brings news of the murder of Queen Matilda's delegate & the fact that one of the delegate's companions has gone missing...... ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
Two young men appear as pilgrims for the Feast of St. Winifrid . Itt iurns out they may be linked to the murder of a knight in Winchester, where a important political meeting is taking place. My memory us this is one of the darker stories in the series, not my favorite. ( )
  antiquary | Oct 31, 2015 |
Just when I was starting to feel like these books were all getting very samey, a return to what I liked about the first one: sincere religious feeling, spiritual doubt, and a hefty dash of medieval politics. ( )
  jen.e.moore | Sep 16, 2015 |
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They were together in Brother Cadfael's hut in the herbarium, in the afternoon of the twenty-fifth day of May, and the talk was of high matters of state, of kings and empresses, and the unbalanced fortunes that plagued the irreconcilable contenders for thrones.
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The fourth anniversary of the transfer of Saint Winifred's bones to the Abbey at Shrewsbury is a time of celebration for the 12th-century pilgrims gathering from far and wide. In distant Winchester, however, a knight has been murdered. Could it be because he was a supporter of the Empress Maud, one of numerous pretenders to the throne? It's up to herbalist, sleuth, and Benedictine monk Brother Cadfael to track down the killer in the pious throng.

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Pilgrims are gathering from far and wide to celebrate the fourth anniversary of the translation of Saint Winifred's bones. In Winchester, a knight is murdered - not apparently an event of importance. But Brother Cadfael is puzzled.

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