By Ellis Peters
Ultimately, Brother Cadfael's many fanatics can notice the chain of occasions that led him into the Benedictine Order! Lavishly illustrated, those 3 stories express Cadfael on the peak of his sleuthing shape. "Three vintage tales that includes Brother Cadfael . . . whose powers of deduction are essentially miraculous".--Booklist.
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Also as cheaply, for he was a grasping and possessive man. A judicious gift to some holy house should secure the welfare of his soul. There was no need to go so far as endowing an abbey, or a new church of his own. The Benedictine abbey of Shrewsbury could put up a powerful assault of prayers on his behalf in return for a much more modest gift. The thought of alms to the poor, however ostentatiously bestowed in the first place, did not recommend itself. Whatever was given would be soon consumed and forgotten, and a rag-tag of beggarly blessings from the indigent could carry very little weight, besides failing to confer a lasting lustre upon himself.
In the court of the palace of Woodstock the King’s chamberlains, clerks and judges were fluttering about in a curiously distracted manner, or so it seemed to Cadfael, standing apart among the commoners to observe their antics. They gathered in small groups, conversing in low voices and with anxious faces, broke apart to regroup with others of their kind, hurried in and out among the litigants, avoiding or brushing off all questions, exchanged documents, hurried to the door to peer out, as if looking for some late arrival.
I’d pledged nothing to the son, and he was a poor shadow of his father. That was when I took the Cross. So did many like me, all afire. ” “It’s Mauduit who holds this disputed land,” said Alard, “and the abbey that sues to recover it, and the thing’s been going on four years without a settlement, ever since the old man here died. From what I know of the Benedictines, I’d rate their honesty above our Roger’s, I tell you straight. ” asked Cadfael. “It’s a manor by the name of Rotesley, near Stretton, demesne, village, advowson of the church and all.
A Rare Benedictine (Brother Cadfael Mystery Stories) by Ellis Peters