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Brother Cadfael's Penance
Brother Cadfael's Penance | Ellis Peters
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To save his estranged son, Brother Cadfael risks breaking his monastic vows For Brother Cadfael in the autumn of his life, the mild November of our Lords year 1145 may bring a bitterand deadlyharvest. England is torn between supporters of the Empress Maud and those of her cousin Stephen. The civil strife is about to jeopardize not only Cadfaels life, but his hopes of Heaven. While Cadfael has sometimes bent the abbeys rules, he has never broken his monastic vowsuntil now. Word has come to Shrewsbury of a treacherous act that has left thirty of Mauds knights imprisoned. All have been ransomed except Cadfaels secret son, Olivier de Bretagne. Conceived in Cadfaels soldiering youth and unaware of his fathers identity, Olivier will die if he is not freed. Like never before, Cadfael must boldly defy the abbot. The good brother forsakes the order to follow his heartbut what he finds will challenge his soul.
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I‘m sure Cadfael had a #GoodHabit!

(I know, not really on a theme of self-improvement, but I couldn‘t resist the monk - habit connection...)


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Introducing my husband to the Cadfael TV series (free on Amazon Prime Video) reminded me that I never finished reading the books. This one is way more political, dealing with a murder that happens during an attempt at a peace conference between Empress Maud & King Steven. Cadfael risks excommunication from the Abbey to rescue his son. Prose is a bit dry, but still a decent showing.

PopSugar Reading Challenge 2019: a book set in an abbey

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Brother Cadfael's Penance was the 20th and last book published in the excellent Brother Cadfael Series. This was published in 1994, the year before the author's death. Ellis Peters was one of the pseudonyms used by Edith Pargeter. If you haven't read any of these and want to read historical mysteries set in 12th Century England, then these are the books for you. Highly recommended! #Novemberbythenumbers #20 #twenty

DivaDiane Ooh! That sounds interesting!! 2y
Andrew65 It is a great series, and they made a great tv series out of these books too starring the great Derek Jacobi in the 1990s. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ETNA_je0TA @DivaDiane (edited) 2y
ferskner I adore this series! 2y
LeahBergen Cadfael ❤️❤️ 2y
Andrew65 @ferskner @ferskner I agree, although not read all the series yet. 2y
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