In the summer of 1144, a strange calm has settled over England. The armies of King Stephen and Empress Maud have temporarily exhausted each other. Brother Cadfael considers peace a blessing, but a little excitement never comes amiss to a former soldier and Cadfael is delighted to accompany his young friend, Brother Mark, on a mission of church ...
In the summer of 1144, a strange calm has settled over England. The armies of King Stephen and Empress Maud have temporarily exhausted each other. Brother Cadfael considers peace a blessing, but a little excitement never comes amiss to a former soldier and Cadfael is delighted to accompany his young friend, Brother Mark, on a mission of church diplomacy to his native Wales, not expecting to be caught up in yet another royal feud. The Welsh prince Owain Gwynedd has banished his brother Cadwaladr, accusing him of the treacherous murder of an ally. The reckless Cadwaldr has retaliated by landing an army of Danish mercenaries, poised to invade Wales and retake his lost lands. As the two armies teeter on the brink of bloody civil war, Cadfael is captured by the Danes together with a headstrong young woman fleeing an arranged marriage, but before he can untangle such domestic passions, Cadfael has to survive the brotherly quarrel that could plunge an entire kingdom into deadly chaos.
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All the Brother Cadfael stories are good. This one is no exception.
May 31, 2009
A Brother Cadfeal Mystery
For lovers of the medieval monk/detective Brother Cadfael, this is the 18th book of the series written by Ellis Peters. Set in 1144 in the period of civil unrest, the 'Summer of the Danes' provides Brother Cadfael with a legitimate excuse to absent himself from the enclave of the Abbey and visit his home land of Wales.
Accompanied on his travels by an old friend and colleague, Brother Mark, it is not long before murder fouls the path of the monks and sets Cadfael's wits racing. Add to this the emergence of a Danish force in the Welsh heartland coupled with rising animosity between Welsh kinfolk, Princes both, and this becomes an adventure to keep readers entertained and enlightened about the times and customs of the Cadfael era.
Interwoven throughout is a love story in which a feisty, young woman challenges a tradition that asserts that betrothal has little to do with love.
In his inimitable fashion, Cadfael solves the murder, soothes troubled souls, and makes it back to the Abbey to 'forswear the world' once more.
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