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The Pilgrim Of Hate: Library Edition (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael #10)

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In the year of our Lord 1141, civil war over England's throne leaves a legacy of violence -- and the murder of a knight dear to Brother Cadfael. And with Gentle bud-stewn May, a flood of pilgrims comes to the celebration of Saint Winifred at the at the Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, carrying with it many strange souls...and perhaps the knight's killer.
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Ron
If you've had the misfortune of seeing Mystery's video, you must cleanse your mind of it. This is an entirely different--better--story. (I noticed an unfortunate trend toward conflict and negativity as that series progressed which ran contrary to the current of Peter's series.)

Cadfael series: excellent historical fiction. Ellis Peters draws the reader into the twelfth century with modern story telling but holds us there with a richness of detail which evokes a time and place which might as well...more
Hope

Another wonderful Brother Cadfael story! This one is less about the mystery itself, and more about the people it distantly touches on. By the end of the book, I was glad to learn the solution to the mystery, but was much more interested in what happened to the people. This would be a great mystery novel for folks who aren't normally fans of mysteries.
Ikonopeiston
This is one of the more poetic and mystical of the Cadfael stories. It twists and turns and reveals the answers with patience and skill. However, not all answers are possible. A lovely book.
Stephen
This novel is the tenth installment in the Cadfael series and like many of the others was adapted for television.

While the story here revolves around a Holy Day in Shrewsbury in honor of their Saint Winifred, the book pulls together threads from several of it's precursors. Hugh Berringer is finally let in on the secret of St Winifred as we learned it in A Morbid Taste for Bones and he meets, Olivier de Bretaigne, the mysterious dark woodsman who wore a sword in The Virgin in the Ice

While I foun...more
Kathryn
1st Recorded Reading: November 2003

There is much to be said for having a paperback that is part of a continuing series of books on the floor next to the nightstand; reading a chapter or two each night helps me to compose my mind to sleep. And this particular book in the series is another one of the very good ones; even having read the book, I couldn’t remember whodunit, and very much enjoyed how everything played out, both in the world of English politics of the mid-12th century and in the world...more
Angie
In working through an epic Cadfael re-read -- the first time I've read the series completely in order -- I discovered that *GASP!* I HAD NEVER READ THIS INSTALLMENT BEFORE.

And not only that: OLIVIER DE BRETAGNE MAKES ANOTHER APPEARANCE AND MEETS HUGH BERINGAR.

Reader, lemme tell you -- I was shrieking with joy. And the rest of the story didn't disappoint, either, with an unusual twist on the revenge/penance theme and some interesting philosophizing on the nature of chivalrous codes and vows of ju...more
Lemongrass
One of the best of the Brother Cadfael stories. It's important to have read The Virgin in the Ice before reading this one.
Brigid
These are such easy mysteries to read and enjoy, lots of medieval atmosphere, interesting characters and character studies.
Valerie
If I hadn't known this was a Brother Cadfael book, I probably wouldn't have read it. I was seriously turned off by the title. And if I'd seen the tv version before I read the book, I DEFINITELY wouldn't have read it. The tv versions of Brother Cadfael are of varying quality, and this one is definitely the worst. Traducing the character of Rhun, for example, is not only terrible, it's unsupportable in the long run, because Rhun remains an important character very nearly to the end of the series....more
Cecily Felber
Nov 11, 2010 Cecily Felber rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
This is yet another Brother Cadfael book that contributed to my own work, introducing me to the episode of a clerk known only as "Christian" who, in his service to his Queen, defiantly shouted down a council of bishops to read out her letter to them demanding that her husband King Stephen be freed.

Far from the center of the tumultuous political events in the kingdom, Cadfael's abbey is celebrating the anniversary of acquiring its patroness St. Winifred's bones as relics, as detailed in A Morbid...more
Rachel
The plot in this one wasn't great, but I hated the ending. Here, [WARNING: I SPOIL THE ENDING] (view spoiler)

It was jarring instead of inspiring as it was clearly intended to be, and way out of tone with respect to the rest of the series. In the first book, for example, [WARNING: I SPOIL THE ENDING] (view spoiler)...more
Miriam
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Angela
In the year of our Lord 1141, civil war over England's throne leaves a legacy of violence -- and the murder of a knight dear to Brother Cadfael. And with gentle bud-strewn May, a flood of pilgrims comes to the celebration of Saint Winifred at the Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, carrying with it many strange souls...and perhaps the knight's killer.

Brother Cadfael's shrewd eyes see all: the prosperous merchant who rings false, an angelic lame boy, his beautiful dowerless sister, and two wealt
...more
Sally
This is my favourite of the Cadfael books so far. It's quite different to the others as the murder occurs 'offstage' and isn't really front and centre at all. The interplay between the characters is fascinating and the psychology brilliant. I am really enjoying reading the books in sequence, partly because of the recurring characters and partly because the over arching story is quite satisfying.
Sue
The Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul is getting ready for the annual festival to Saint Winifred. Visitors from all over the area descend on Shrewsbury for these few days. Several weeks before the festival, a knight in the service of the Empress Maud was murdered. Cadfael pays attention to the visitors who stream into town for the festival wondering if perhaps the murderer is among the pilgrims.
Had a hard time at the beginning of this one getting through the historical backdrop. Maybe if Eng...more
Ryan Patrick
I grabbed this book and started it before realizing that I had missed a couple of books - I was reading them in order. Right from the start, though, I was sucked in, so I kept on reading. This is a good one - this ranks right up there with One Corpse Too Many: The Second Chronicle of Brother Cadfael as one of my favorites in the series. It picks up some of Cadfael's personal story from Virgin in the Ice: The Sixth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael, and has a firm historical setting as well. Good stuf...more
Isis
Another stellar and complex story. It was delightful to see Cadfael and Olivier encounter each other again, with all the different textures of their relationship with each other and with other people. I also thought the love story in this one (there always seems to be a love story!) was well-done. The revelation of characters and motivations was wonderful, but other aspects of the ending were a little - odd, I guess. In particular I thought that Peters was trying to walk the line of having thing...more
Kris
This is NOT the book to read if you want a typical whodunnit. The Pilgrim of Hate does have a mystery in it but I think it's much more of a historical fiction than a work of detection. The mystery here is more in terms of what the average person of the 12th century would understand the word myster to mean ie something mystical or pertaining to saints. The greater part of the story is devoted to the festival for Saint Winifred and the hope of miracles to come from the event. The actual murder was...more
Ann
This is another of Ellis Peter's wonderful medieval mysteries in which she so masterfully portrays the life and history of the 12th century. The traditions and faith of the Church of this time are so heartwarming also. In this chronicle, Bro. Cadfael again is drawn into the solving of a murder that is connected in some way to a pair of pilgrims who arrive at the abbey at Shrewsbury to participate in the celebration of the anniversary of the translation of St. Winifred. As always, Peters weaves...more
Vicki Cline
Two groups of young people have come to Shrewsbury for the festival of Saint Winifred - a young woman and her crippled brother and a barefoot pilgrim and his companion. Abbot Radulfus has come home from a conference with news of the murder of an adherent of Empress Maud, who is contesting with King Steven (currently in captivity) for the throne of England. While all Brother Cadfael stories are entertaining, this one wasn't up to the high standards of many others, probably because the murder happ...more
Alain Dewitt
This is the second or third Cadfael novel that I've read and it makes me wonder why I don't read more of them. The series centers around a Benedictine monk in 12 th century England with the civil war between Empress Maud and King Stephen (both grandchildren of William the Conqueror). I don't much care for contemporary mysteries but I enjoy historical ones (Caleb Carr's 'The Alienist', for example). And in addition to being good mysteries Peters' books are well-written. Like so many of the really...more
Kira
An excellent mystery in need of an excellent editor. When the plot gets going in the second half of the book, the action really takes off, but I was ready to chew my own foot off listening to each of the mysterious pilgrims described in painstaking detail. They may have attracted Cadfael's attention, but I couldn't care less about any of them until one of them actually ups and does something. However, true love triumphs at last and the murderer is exposed in a particularly exciting denouement, s...more
Korynn
Ha, I read them out of order after all my talk. Well, this is another future plot hinging volume I suspect and mostly deals with a murder done far away in London. Cadfael dwells deeply on events that occurred way back in Vol 1 A morbid taste of bones and a virgin in the ice and is blessed for his concern. He also reneges a bit on his vows by seeking a little violent action in solving the mystery of the murderer in his backyard whose gross sin occurred in plot-rife London. Plus: young love (big s...more
Lori
Just realized I've read this one before but a recent sale at Audible meant I could indulge in an old favorite. This is a series I turn to for a "comfort" read - when I want beautiful literature, to be taken off to a far away place with a wonderful, genial main character whose input and perspective I would welcome at any time. Brother Cadfael does that for me and Stephen Thorne's melodious voice reading Ellis Peters' beautiful prose is a comfort I can turn to over 20 times in this wonderful serie...more
Gwyn
This is definitely not one of the better Cadfael books. The relationship between Matthew and Ciaran seemed obvious to me from the beginning and none of the new characters, except perhaps Rhun, is fleshed out. But, since this is Cadfael we're talking about, it can only be so bad. Although it was something of a disappointment I still enjoyed reading it, and I especially enjoyed St. Winifred's miracle, the stronger-than-usual religious themes, and the multiple ties to previous books.
Karen
Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael series - set around 1000/1100, a Welsh man who had been with the Crusades, soldier/sailor, loved women etc settles down to retirement as a Benedictine monk, working as an apothecary within the abbey and the community, and assisting the sheriff with mysteries. He's a really wholesome character who understands people and life, not at all narrow and irritating. There is also a series of movies made based on these books with Derek Jacobi playing Brother Cadfael
Frank Peters
The Pilgrim of Hate was rather disturbing in the movie rendition; however the book was far better and much brighter. This was one of the better Cadfael books, and included at least one of the recurring peripheral characters who are fun to read about. The plot was wrapped up closely with the politics in England at the time, and as a result it took a while for the different plot lines to make and sense together. On the other hand, the final resolution was excellent.
Martha
I LOVE this series. Agatha Christi enthusiasts would adore Brother Cadfael. I love the historical and cultural references that are little known outside the British Isles, if not outside Wales, or their issue elsewhere in the world. I listened to this on Audible, narrated by Patrick Tull, who had a very credible accent and mastery of the King's English of the day.
Bruce Baker
very well written, one of the best Caedfel books.
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A pseudonym used by Edith Pargeter.

Edith Mary Pargeter, OBE, BEM (September 28, 1913 in Horsehay, Shropshire, England –October 14, 1995) was a prolific author of works in many categories, especially history and historical fiction, and was also honoured for her translations of Czech classics; she is probably best known for her murder mysteries, both historical and modern. Born in the village of Hor...more
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