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The Sanctuary Sparrow by Ellis Peters

The Sanctuary Sparrow (1983)

by Ellis Peters

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Series: Brother Cadfael (7)

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Brother Cadfael used his amazing knowledge of plants and human nature in this episode. After the wedding of the goldsmith's son, the father is attacked and his collection of precious coins is stolen. The guilt is immediately dumped on a jongleur, Liliwin, an entertainer who performed his juggling act at the wedding dinner. He flees to the abbey's church and requests sanctuary from the pursuing mob. Soon after, the tenant is found dead.

I still enjoy this tech-free series taking place in Medieval England. Cadfael is a wonderful combination of pious friar and worldly traveler who brings all of his knowledge to the table to solve his cases. He always shows gentleness to the down-trodden and cares for everyone who needs his medical attention. ( )
  mamzel | Apr 9, 2016 |
Liliwin claims sanctuary at the monastery after being accused of robbing someone. Brother Cadfael sets out to investigate. well-told story with sufficient clues to guess the solution, and a mild love interest too. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
A young minstrel pursued by a mob takes sanctuary in Shrewsbury abbey, accused of murder -ii turns out the victim is not dead, but has been robbed. The real robber (and eventual murderer) dies what I have to call a tragic death.-- a powerful though sad climax. ( )
  antiquary | Oct 31, 2015 |
[re-read 2012]
Very good, but one of the most tragic mysteries in the series, in my opinion.
  devafagan | Jan 2, 2015 |
Enjoyable but not particularly complex mystery but well set in the Middle Ages. Sometimes she does write a 20th century mystery set in the 12th century but I think she managed this one very well, with a better sense of the times and mores. We'll see how the remainig Peters go.
  amyem58 | Jul 3, 2014 |
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Ellis Petersprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Benjamin, VanessaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Christensen, JanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Čeligoj, MetkaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dahlman, BritaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gilles, NicolasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grabska, MariaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gunsteren, Dirk vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Janssens, PieterTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Menini, María AntoniaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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It began, as the greatest of storms do begin, as a mere tremor in the air, a thread of sound so distant and faint, yet so ominous, that the ear that was sharp enough to catch it instantly pricked and shut out present sounds to strain after it again, and interpret the warning.
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A young man pursued by a lynching mob seeks sanctuary at the Benedictine monastery in Shrewsbury. He is accused of robbery and murder, but Cadfael senses his innocence and sets out to prove it.
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In the Shrewsbury spring of 1140 the midnight matins at the Benedictine abbey reverberate with an unholy sound, a hunt in full cry. Pursued by a drunken mod, the quarry is running for its life. When the creature bursts into the nave to claim sanctuary, Brother Cadfael finds himself fighting off armed townsmen to save a young man.… (more)

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