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The Potter's Field (The Cadfael Chronicles) (original 1989; edition 1998)

by Ellis Peters

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Title:The Potter's Field (The Cadfael Chronicles)
Authors:Ellis Peters
Info:Time Warner Paperbacks (1998), Paperback, 229 pages
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Tags:fiction, murder mystery, england 12th century, love triangle, Cadfael (fictitious character), monks, ellis peters

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The Potter's Field by Ellis Peters (1989)

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I should have read this before The Holy Thief, as it pretty much sets it up. Although it was well-written overall, it tended to drag toward the end and just needed to wrap up. I will probably cross it.
  amyem58 | Jul 3, 2014 |
bookshelves: published-1989, tbr-busting-2014, winter-20132014, medieval5c-16c, war, mystery-thriller, historical-fiction, religion, film-only, poison
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Description: n October of 1142, a local landlord gives the Potter's Field to the local clergy. The monks begin to plow it, and the blades turn up the long tresses of a young woman, dead over a year. Then the arrival of a novice who fled from an abbey ravaged by civil war in East Anglia complicates life even further for Brother Cadfael.

3* #1 A Morbid Taste for Bones
3* #2 One Corpse Too Many
3* #3 Monk's Hood
3* #4 St Peter's Fair
3* #5 Leper of St. Giles
4* #6 The Virgin in the Ice
3* #7 The Sanctuary Sparrow
4* #8 The Devil's Novice
3* #9 Dead Man's Ransom
3* #12 The Raven in the Forecourt
3* #13 The Rose Rent
4* #17 The Potter's Field
3* #18 Summer of the Danes
TR #19 The Holy Thief

2* Flight of a Witch

2* Light on the Road to Woodstock

WL A Bloody Field by Shrewsbury

5* Sunrise in the West
TR The Dragon at Noonday
TR The Hounds at Sunset
TR Afterglow and Nightfall

Adultery and murder, splendid! ( )
  mimal | Jan 19, 2014 |
Easily the series' creepiest corpse discovery. ( )
  amelish | Sep 12, 2013 |
A body is found buried in a field recently donated to the Abbey. But who was she? Why was she buried in unconsecrated ground? Had she been murdered?

One of the best and most intriguing of the Brother Cadfael mysteries. As usual, great subsidiary characters in a heady combination of mystery, historical novel, and romance. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Nov 16, 2011 |
I'm not sure how this series has managed to stay off my radar for so many years. There are 20 entries in the Cadfael Chronicles, and some of them have been adapted into a TV series by the BBC. The Potter's Field is the 17th in the series and can be read as a stand-alone. Brother Cadfael, herbalist and Benedictine monk, assists his friend Sheriff Hugh's investigation when a woman's skeleton is unearthed on a piece of land that has been acquired by Shrewsbury Abbey. The language is important to the atmosphere of the book, as in this passage: "He heard the change in their tread as they emerged upon the solid ground of the Foregate, and saw as it were an agitation of the darkness, movement without form, even before faint glints of lambent light on steel gave shape to their harness and brought them human out of the obscurity."

The series takes place against the backdrop of the struggle between King Stephen and Empress Maud as well as the Crusades, from 1135-1150. The attention given to this historic period would emerge as an influence in Cadfael's life if the series were read in order. I rate this installment at 7 of 10 stars ( )
  jeanned | Jul 31, 2011 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Ellis Petersprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chwat, SergeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Janssens, PieterTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Maass, Hans-JoachimTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Menini, María AntoniaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Michowski, MarekTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ooide, KenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pelitti, ElsaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Saint Peter's Fair of that year, 1143, was one week past, and they were settling down again into the ordinary routine of a dry and favorable August, with the corn harvest already being carted into the barns, when Brother Matthew the cellarer first brought into chapter the matter of business he had been discussing for some days during the fair with the prior of the Augustine priory of Saint John the Evangelist, at Haughmond, about four miles to the northeast of Shrewsbury.
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In October of 1142, a local landlord gives the Potter's Field to the local clergy. The monks begin to plow it, and the blades turn up the long tresses of a young woman, dead over a year. Then the arrival of a novice who fled from an abbey ravaged by civil war in East Anglia complicates life even further for Brother Cadfael.

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Brother Cadfael is asked to help identify a corpse found on Abbey Land and discovers that it is the least baffling facet of a mysterious murder.

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