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De eenzame bruid by Ellis Peters
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De eenzame bruid (original 1981; edition 2013)

by Ellis Peters, Pieter Janssens (Translator)

Series: Brother Cadfael (5)

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Setting out for the Saint Giles leper colony outside Shrewsbury, Brother Cadfael has more pressing matters on his mind than the grand wedding coming to his abbey. Yet as fate would have it, Cadfael arrives at Saint Giles just as the nuptial party passes the colony's gates. He sees the fragile bride, looking like a prisoner between her two stern guardians, and the bridegroom, an arrogant, fleshy aristocrat old enough to be her grandfather. And he quickly discerns that this union may be more damned than blessed. Indeed, a savage murder will interrupt the May-December marriage, and leave Brother Cadfael with a dark, terrible mystery to solve. The key to the killing--and a secret--is hidden among the lepers of Saint Giles. Now, Brother Cadfael's skills must ferret out a sickness not of the body, but of a twisted soul.… (more)
Member:FAMeulstee
Title:De eenzame bruid
Authors:Ellis Peters
Other authors:Pieter Janssens (Translator)
Info:Amsterdam : Boekerij
Collections:TIOLI, Gelezen 2008-heden, Gelezen in 2020, Read but unowned
Rating:***1/2
Tags:&bibliotheek, vertaald, vertaald uit het Engels, 12e eeuw, krimi, Engeland, Cadfael, TIOLI 2020-09, *2020-09, gelezen in 2020

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The Leper of Saint Giles by Ellis Peters (1981)

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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 |
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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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Setting out for the Saint Giles leper colony outside Shrewsbury, Brother Cadfael has more pressing matters on his mind than the grand wedding coming to his abbey. Yet as fate would have it, Cadfael arrives at Saint Giles just as the nuptial party passes the colony's gates. He sees the fragile bride, looking like a prisoner between her two stern guardians, and the bridegroom, an arrogant, fleshy aristocrat old enough to be her grandfather. And he quickly discerns that this union may be more damned than blessed. Indeed, a savage murder will interrupt the May-December marriage, and leave Brother Cadfael with a dark, terrible mystery to solve. The key to the killing--and a secret--is hidden among the lepers of Saint Giles. Now, Brother Cadfael's skills must ferret out a sickness not of the body, but of a twisted soul.

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