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The Summer of the Danes


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. ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000
Thomas I

Good as usual

by Thomas I on Aug 11, 2011

All the Brother Cadfael stories are good. This one is no exception.


A Brother Cadfeal Mystery

by Verity on May 31, 2009

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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