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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
Sep 04, 2008 Ron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Elis Madison
It's the festival of St. Winifred, and as pilgrims come from all over to pray to the Saint for healing, Cadfael mulls whether the little fact that the bones in the lead-lined coffin people will be visiting aren't actually Winifred's could be a problem. Meanwhile, among the people who troop in is a family, including a young man whose leg is painfully crippled, and a young woman who is enamored of another pilgrim, this one a man who has a mysterious attachment to a doomed man. And then there are t ...more
Hope
Jan 20, 2009 Hope rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Mar 29, 2009 Ikonopeiston rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
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Kathryn
May 30, 2010 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reread-books, 2003, 2010
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
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Jillian
Dec 16, 2015 Jillian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm with the readers who liked this book a lot. Yes, it is slow and the murder occurs off stage. Nevertheless, Ellis Peters tells a good story. The characters are interesting and well-rounded, the Medieval world makes sense and we understand the motivation and psychology of individuals. I savour and enjoy the prose, marvelling at the ease with which the author creates a believable and empathetic world. I am a big fan of murder mysteries, but I'd read Cadfael for my interest in medieval history a ...more
The Hobbit
It is the Feast of St Winifred whose bones supposedly rest behind the high altar of the Shrewsbury Abbey. Brother Cadfael feels guilty about a secret he knows, so guilty that he prays to St. Winifred for a sign, a miracle. Among the pilgrims is Rhun, a 13-year-old boy, lame from birth with a twisted foot that makes walking painful. Also among the pilgrims are two who are inseparable and hard to forget. Ciaran arrives wearing a heavy iron cross around his neck and walking barefoot all the way fro ...more
Kathleen
May 24, 2015 Kathleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is far, far better than the television episode of the same name. That one was completely mangled and didn't even make sense. This is thought through and carries the thread from start to logical finish. If you've seen the Mystery television episode, forget everything you saw in it. There is absolutely nothing that even remotely resembles that episode, except for the names of the major characters. Even their personalities are totally destroyed.

Once again, this book points out why it's im
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Anne
Apr 25, 2015 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tria
Well, I have an especial liking for Olivier de Bretagne when he happens to make an appearance (or reappearance) in the series, so that's in favour of this one to start with. But aside from that, the dynamics between characters are written so as to be perfectly ambiguous where necessary, and come clear to their true nature at a slow but reasonable speed for the story. 90% of the time they are basically flawless, people as people will be and are, with loose ends tied up rather than left hanging.

Ho
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Tharuvai Ramesh
Dec 11, 2015 Tharuvai Ramesh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Pilgrim of Hate is what I call a gentle and unhurried read – akin to spending a lazy afternoon in the shade in one’s backyard, in perfect spring weather, sipping a lemonade (or perhaps something stronger), with no pressing engagements looming around the corner. The book, like its protagonist, takes its time to set things up, to give you a flavor of the milieu it inhabits, and to get you accustomed to its rhythms – and then, boom – it throws you to the wolves, as it were, with scant warning. ...more
Kathy
Feb 24, 2016 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another book that I recently purchased thinking I had not read it, but I had. Yes, had read, but not sad. What other murder mystery series can I say this about? The books bring me to a peaceful place. Note to self: this one has Saint Winifred pilgrim progression with a miracle healing, some nasty thieves sussed out by Cadfael and Hugh B (now sheriff), reappearance of Cadfael's son and other treasures. I think I ought to finally buy and read the final installment of Cadfael written just before Ed ...more
Angie
May 07, 2014 Angie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kimberly Ann
Empress Maud has taken King Stephen hostage. While Maud is in London she turns every nobleman against her with her arrogance and is forced to flee prior to her official coronation.

King Stephen's wife, Queen Matilda, has sent a delegate to negotiate his release. The delegate is hatefully murdered by one who was instructed to allow the delegate safe passage.

Two men of stature meet a young woman, her cripple brother, & their adopted mother while on a pilgrimage to venerate Saint Winifred..... O
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Lemongrass
Feb 13, 2009 Lemongrass rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 21, 2009 Brigid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These are such easy mysteries to read and enjoy, lots of medieval atmosphere, interesting characters and character studies.
Rupert Matthews
I am new to Caedfal, and am not a great reader of "whodunnits", so I may not be the best person to ask about this book. I found it to be an enjoyable and amiable ramble through medieval England. The story line was not especially exciting and unlike the few other whodunnits I have read there were not a huge number of red herrings, so it was fairly easy to work out who the murderer was, though the subplots were pretty good and kept things jollying along. I enjoyed it, but not enough to be burning ...more
A.M.
Nov 02, 2015 A.M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
The world of twelfth century politics has got very complex indeed. The civil war between Maude and Stephen, has her in the ascendancy and nobody is sure who to bow (or curtsey) to. The church tries to steer between them and suggests diplomacy, but Hugh Beringar is the local sheriff and is still a vocal Stephen supporter.
The anniversary of the internment of Saint Winifred is approaching and the abbey expects a number of pilgrims to make the trek; they come to seek alms, to earn favour, and perhap
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Mira Domsky
Brother Cadfael hopes Saint Winifred and God approve of his little deception about the Saint's bones as her festival approaches. The Abbey fills with pilgrims, but not all of them are who they seem to be.
This was still an interesting story, but it was slow, and the murder took place far from the Abbey, so it was hard to tell if that was the murder this book focused on until about halfway through. Still, a good mystery for those who like cozy mysteries, or Christian mysteries. Just not super exci
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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 it was amazing  ·  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
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Rachel
Jan 29, 2012 Rachel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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)
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Miriam
Apr 04, 2011 Miriam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery, reread, wales
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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
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Sharon
Jan 18, 2015 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Caedfael again meets his son, Olivier, in this mystery: who are some of these pilgrims, especially the one who walked barefoot with a heavy cross around his neck and his companion who refuses to leave him? Will St. Winifred bring about a miracle this year? And for whom? Perhaps Rhun who carries his infirmity with dignity and grace. And who killed the knight who came to the rescue of the innocent clerk who simply read out a message at the purported "peace conference".
Katie
Very disappointed in this chapter of the Brother Cadfael Chronicles. Plot plodded along slowly and boringly till the last chapter, where all the action happened. But even the wrap up in the last chapter could not raise this to a "good book" status.
If I did not thoroughly love this series and know there is character development in every book (there was, but only very little) I would have stopped reading and skipped it.
Sally
Jun 21, 2014 Sally rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Amanda Meggs
Jun 08, 2015 Amanda Meggs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love these Cadfael novels. This one has no murder locally but the Abbey hear of the murder of a good man, protecting his enemy in Winchester (I think). Abbott Radolphus is very sweet and wise, a great character. Cadfael's son makes a reappearance, and Saint Winnifred's is expected to make an appearance too on the festival day. A rather more mystical story than usual, a very nice touch.
Lucy Barnhouse
Feb 12, 2015 Lucy Barnhouse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, medieval
One of my favorite of the Cadfael series, with a detailed, precise evocation of characters and settings alike. This one takes place at a crisis in the conflict between Stephen and Maud, and at the festival of St. Winifred in Shrewsbury. Note for medievalists: chapters 4 and 5 might make interesting supplemental reading on pilgrimage and/or medical practice (I'm considering using them in one of my own courses.)
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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
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Other Books in the Series

Chronicles of Brother Cadfael (1 - 10 of 20 books)
  • A Morbid Taste for Bones (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #1)
  • One Corpse Too Many (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #2)
  • Monk's Hood (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #3)
  • St. Peter's Fair (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #4)
  • The Leper of Saint Giles (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #5)
  • The Virgin in the Ice (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #6)
  • The Sanctuary Sparrow (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael #7)
  • The Devil's Novice (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #8)
  • Dead Man's Ransom (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #9)
  • An Excellent Mystery (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #11)

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