By Ellis Peters
To tie in with the hardcover unencumber of Peters' The Benediction of Brother Cadfael, this is the 18th access within the eminently winning medieval detective sequence. in the summertime of 1144, Brother Cadfael is distributed to Wales on church enterprise and is captured by way of Danes. And whilst a prisoner is assassin, the shrewdpermanent monk is familiar with he will now not see Shrewsbury back till the killer is stuck.
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To do him justice, he made no bones about going straight for what he wanted, what would work to his most advantage. He meant to exploit his two visiting monastics and their mission to his bishop’s pleasure and satisfaction. “They are just seated. There will be silence until princes and bishop are settled. ” Do him justice, too, he was no way disappointed or disparaging in contemplating Brother Mark’s smallness of stature and plain Benedictine habit, or the simplicity of his bearing; indeed he looked him over with a nod of satisfied approval, pleased with a plainness that would nevertheless carry its own distinction.
Too tall for you,” said Hugh over his shoulder. ” “I am not yet grown so heavy nor so shrunken with age that I cannot scramble on to a horse,” said Cadfael with dignity. ” “Why, a good notion Aline had, when I told her what you and Mark are up to. May is on the doorstep already, and in a week or two at the most I should be packing her and Giles off to Maesbury for the summer. ” It was his usual custom to leave his family there until after the wool clip had been taken and the fields gleaned, while he divided his time between home and the business of the shire.
And for all Cadwaladr did not appear himself in the deed, Owain for one was in no doubt it was done on his orders. ” Cadfael recalled the shock of the murder, and the swift and thorough retribution. Owain Gwynedd in outraged justice had sent his son Hywel to drive Cadwaladr bodily out of every furlong of land he held in Ceredigion, and burn his castle of Llanbadarn, and the young man, barely past twenty, had accomplished his task with relish and efficiency. Doubtless Cadwaladr had friends and adherents who would give him at least the shelter of a roof, but he remained landless and outcast.