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The Leper of Saint Giles by Ellis Peters

The Leper of Saint Giles (1981)

by Ellis Peters

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Series: Brother Cadfael (5)

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The leper of Saint Giles is the fifth chronicle of Brother Cadfael and is not a disappointment to Ellis Peters' fans. Lepers, a wedding, an elderly bridegroom, a young girl, her aunt and uncle, and 2 lovers all intertwine in this tightly held mystery. Not a problem in the end for the good Brother.

As with many volumes in this series, there is a map. To better understand the story use all the maps in the previous books as well as this one. ( )
  fdholt | Jun 14, 2019 |
The war between Maude and Stephen fades into the background and other social elements absorb our attention: the presence of leprosy in England, the legacy of the Crusades, and the convention of marrying young women to elderly men.

The plot was a bit predictable although when the murder occurred the identity of the murderer was not obvious. Cadfael uses both his skills of deduction and a little intuition to solve the case.

The narration was a good solid effort but at times the voice was a bit soporific. ( )
  smik | Dec 15, 2018 |
A marriage has been arranged between an ageing nobleman and a very young woman. As both parties arrive for the ceremony, there is a savage killing, and Brother Cadfael is called on to investigate. Outside the city stands a leper house, a sanctuary for the sick, and a refuge for the hunted man?

This story seemed rather simple compared to other mysteries I’ve read but it was very well written. It captures well the atmosphere of the middle ages and the situation of the people with leprosy. A young squire is falsely accused of stealing and murder and gets help from the Brothers and the lepers. There were two surprises at the end that I hadn’t figured out. This was an enjoyable historical mystery. ( )
  gaylebutz | Nov 30, 2018 |
Adequate entry into the series. Cadfael was his usual curious self, but I guessed WhoDunIt early on. ( )
  fuzzi | Nov 10, 2018 |
This book was written out-of-order, almost. Half way through, when I had given up trying to figure out what happened to the Sheriff's deputy, Hugh Beringar, Cadfael suddenly thinks about him. More likely an astute editor realized he should have been there....but then Cadfael wouldn't have been quite the detective?

Nice treatment of the persons suffering from the death sentence (in those days) of Hansen's Disease. Otherwise not really worth the reading. It did not forward the historic setting of the war between the two siblings over the throne. ( )
  kaulsu | Oct 21, 2018 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Peters, Ellisprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
BascoveCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Janssens, P.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Menini, María AntoniaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thorne, StephenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tull, PatrickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ward, JohannaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Brother Cadfael set out from the gatehouse, that Monday afternoon of October, in the year of 1139, darkly convinced that something ominous would have happened before he re-entered the great court, though he had no reason to suppose that he would be absent more than an hour or so.
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This is the main work for the The Leper of Saint Giles by Ellis Peters. Please do not combine with any adaptation (e.g. the BBC TV adaptation starring Derek Jacobi), abridgement (e.g. the abridged audio recording read by Derek Jacobi), etc.
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Busy on an errand, Brother Cadfael has no time to think about the grand wedding which is to take place in the abbey church. The marriage does not look set to be a happy one, but before it can take place a savage killing occurs.

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