Fervono i preparativi all'abbazia benedettina di Shrewsbury, in un soleggiato ottobre del 1139, per le nozze di Huon de Domville, maturo barone normanno, e Iveta de Massard, giovanissima ereditiera. Dietro il fasto della cerimonia si nasconde però l'odiosa realtà di un matrimonio d'interesse. A trasformare il dramma di una giovane innocente in un sanguinoso mistero, giunge la notizia dell'uccisione del futuro sposo, cui farà seguito un altro, più efferato delitto. È tempo per fratello Cadfael, una volta valoroso crociato, adesso monaco erborista dalle mille risorse, di lasciare le tisane e i decotti e di trasformarsi nel più astuto detective che le cronache medievali ricordino.
- ISBN: 885022463X
- Casa Editrice: TEA
- Pagine: 210
Brother Cadfael‘s sharp, analytical mind glitters in the noonday sun like the well-honed instrument it is, in this relentless Medieval page-turner. It is the twelfth century in feudal England. Common folk go about their daily affairs warily, keenly mistrustful of their condescending new Norman masters Leggi tutto
My absolute favourite of the Brother Cadfael series. The plot is tight and well-paced. A young maiden from excellent ancestry is being married off for the profit of her relatives. Her lover tries to rescue her but comes up against formidable obstacles that have the Law on his back. Fortunately, a .. Leggi tutto
W*O*N*D*E*R*F*U*L S*T*O*R*Y !!!!!! First I read A Morbid Taste for Bones , and yeah I liked it. Then I listened to the dramatization version on BBC Radio of The Virgin in the Ice . Njah, I really wasn't turned on. BUT, dear Gundula, told me to try another, so I did! I tried St. Peter's Fair . Now that w Leggi tutto
I really like this series. The mysteries, as enjoyable as they are, are almost entirely beside the point for me, given how much I admire Ms. Pargeter's command of history and ability to weave in details and bring the setting to life.
(Updated following fifth reading: Sep 21, 2019) “Such as he live with a humility that transcends all possibility of humiliation.” One of the best of the twenty volume corpus. Ellis Peters has found her pace and strides boldly forward. “Death is present with us every day of our lives, it behooves us to Leggi tutto
While many of my Goodreads friends seem to consider The Leper of Saint Giles (the fifth of Ellis Peters Brother Cadfael series) as a favourite, personally, I have always found especially the presented mystery of The Leper of Saint Giles just a bit too frustratingly predictable. For indeed, the entir Leggi tutto
Character List (view spoiler) [Characters The Leper of Saint Giles (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael #5) Huon de Domville small, black, shrewd eyes, as poorly endowed with lashes as with sockets, but malevolently intelligent. Simon Aguilon, the oldest of the three squires in Domville’s service Joscelin Lucy squire(hide spoiler)] Leggi tutto
I do love Brother Cadfael and his calm ways of solving the mysteries of his community. It helps that he has been a man of the world and has experience that those who took Holy orders early in their lives are missing. His knowledge of the behaviour of his fellow man, both positive and negative, makes Leggi tutto
Thus far the series entries can be divided between those that feature the politics of the day (One Corpse Too Many, St Peter's Fair) and those that focus more on the Abbey(A Morbid Taste for Bones, Monk's Hood). This story, set in Oct 1189, is an Abbey-centric one, involving an age old trope. Beauti Leggi tutto
Meanwhile, back at the abbey ... I just love these trips to medieval England. It all feels so real. The whole leper situation was a lot like in Biblical times, it seems. And human nature has not changed, not a bit. Ellis Peters does a great job with the characters, they truly come alive. There is al Leggi tutto
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