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The Sanctuary Sparrow (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #7) (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael #7)

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Liliwin, a wandering minstrel, is thrown out of Daniel Aurifaber's wedding feast after a jug is broken during his juggling act. Soon after, the groom's father is found senseless beside his empty money box. A lynch mob sets off after Liliwin, who claims sanctuary in the abbey. The next day, the Aurifaber's neighbour is found dead, and the ageing matriarch of their household ...more
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Published 1984 by Futura Books (first published 1983)
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Chrissie
Another VERY good one in this excellent cozy mysteries series set in Medieval England, in Shrewsbury near the border to Wales. My next one will be Monk's Hood. It feels repetitive to write another review, please see instead these two reviews:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44... for "The Leper of Saint Giles" and
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... for St. Peter's Fair

I highly recommend the series. They do NOT have to be read in order, except 6 and 10 have to be read before 20, say my fr
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Ron
A poignant tale. Full of Peter's usual misdirection and mystery.

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 be fictional. Though the foreground of each chronicle is a murder mystery, behind it a nation and a culture are woven in a wondrous tapestry.
James Rosenzweig
I suppose I could write the same review for all of them, but since this is the one I just finished, I'll start here. Cadfael is, as always, a fantastic character, and the medieval world is very well realized. This particular mystery was pretty well done--sometimes she makes it pretty easy to guess who's responsible, but this time I had to put a couple of things together to guess as early as I did.

The key, though, to Ellis Peters, is that she isn't a craftsman of plot so much as character and set
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Cecily Felber
Nov 11, 2010 Cecily Felber rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Recommended to Cecily by: A bookstore in Victoria Station, London
In this, one of my favorite Brother Cadfael stories (and also the first one I read long ago on a trip to Britain), attention again returns to the roles and lives of medieval women, but this time the focus is on the middle and lower classes. From the dramatic opening when the peace of the monks' nightly office is shattered by a mob from the town pursuing a ragged traveling entertainer accused of murder to the even more dramatic climax, this Brother Cadfael will keep you turning the pages and then ...more
Joyce Lagow
#7 in the Brother Caedfel series.[return][return]The serene rite of Matins is interrupted by a figure racing desperately for sanctuary in the church of the Abbey of Sts. Peter and Paul at Shrewsbury. An out-of-control crowd pursues him into the church and is only stopped by the commanding figure of Abbot Radulphus. Accused of attacking a respected craftsman of the town while entertaining at the son� s weeding and then stealing the goldsmith� s money, according to law, the young fugitive is allow ...more
Angie
I've come late to the Cadfael series, having first watched the television adaptations starring the magnificent Sir Derek Jacobi. Though this is the seventh in the Cadfael series, it was the first I read, since this particular adaptation was probably my favourite.

Peters has an amazing eye for historical detail, and her knowledge of such varied things as botany, criminology, psychology and the human heart is as impressive as it is extensive. Brother Cadfael is a medieval Gil Grissom in a habit, b
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Hope
Aug 17, 2008 Hope rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any mystery, romance, or historical fiction fan
Ellis Peters again delivers a wonderful historical mystery.

Brother Caedfael often helps people in love. In this book, there are three couples, each couple very much in love, but in three very different ways. The action of the story comes about naturally from who each person is, and comes to light just as naturally.

Ms. Peters does seem prone to the trope of "the first suspect is never guilty", but I hadn't realized it until just now. She doesn't beat you over the head with it. Frankly, by about
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H Lynnea
Nov 04, 2014 H Lynnea rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of historical mysteries
Shelves: read-unowned
This is probably one of the most exciting books in the Cadfael series. As with most of the books of this series, it is not necessary to have read the previous books to be able to follow the actions and interactions of the characters.
The book opens with the peace of the monastery being disturbed during the evening prayers by a young man running in, pursued by the townsfolk. The man claims sanctuary, the right to be kept in the monastery for 40 days, and not turned over to the law. During these 40
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Ann
Read this one on a trip out to Ohio this past weekend ! I love this series for just being a wonderful way to engage in a mystery and love story without the brutality and gore and explicit sex that often accompanies such a genre! In this one there is not just one but a series of deaths that cause raised eyebrows and not just one but two sets of lovers ! In this book, there is a strong message that sin has consequences that could be mixed with mercy if accompanied with repentance ... and love can ...more
Dagny
It is the spring of 1140 in The Sanctuary Sparrow, the Seventh Chronicle of Brother Cadfael of the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul of Shrewsbury. During a midnight service at the Abbey a young man bursts in, pursued by an armed mob and claiming sanctuary. He is a wandering minstrel who is believed to have committed a murder.
Phillip
It is possible that this was my favorite of the Brother Cadfael books. A peasant is seeks sanctuary in the monastery because he is being hounded for a murder he didn't comment.

The refugee is nicely drawn. I remember this as being a novel that stood on its own.
Isis
Another medieval mystery full of poignant characters and scenery porn. I especially like the way women are characterized and treated in this. I also loved Brother Anselmo, so hopeful that Liliwin might take vows and so sing in his choir!
Kate Forsyth
I'm reading piles of my old favourites at the moment & picked this one up - I love the Cadfael mysteries. This is a lovely, romantic one.
Gaynor
Jul 24, 2011 Gaynor marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brother-cadfael
Haven't read the book yet, but this "story" is the second one featured on the DVD set starring Derek Jacobi.
Sharon
Another good medieval mystery by Ellis Peters although one does have to read through the many misspellings. A jonguleur gets work for a wedding; drunken guest causes his balls to hit a pitcher and break it; the master of the house is found beaten and his strongbox emptied; jonguleur is threatened and chased; runs to the abbey for sanctuary; Brother Cadfael tends his wounds, feels he is not guilty; sets out to prove him innocent. There are other deaths, love, adultery, twists and turns and finall ...more
Hannah
LOVED it! The best one to date.
Bill
Another readable, interesting book (7th) in the Cadfael series. I've read 8 now and have enjoyed every one. There isn't necessarily a lot of detail about the time the books are set in, more like general references - at least in this one). It's more about the people and the mystery. Cadfael works with Hugh Berenger, the Deputy Provost, to solve the robbery of the goldsmith and the follow-on murder of his tenant. Cadfael becomes involved because the suspect is chased to the Abbey by a crowd and th ...more
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D.w.
My first exposure to Cadfael, on PBS was with this story. It is possibly the one I remember most. In the end I think you can see how it will play out, but until two thirds of the book, you still should be guessing. The thing about Cadfael and Ellis Peters is that the world that she crafts is detailed exquisitely. She uses prose, sometimes a great deal, but she gives you imagery in her mystery's that transcend them into historical fiction.

Conan Doyle lived during his protagonists adventures. Pete
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Catherine  Mustread
The seventh chronicle of Brother Cadfael, of the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, of Shrewsbury [subtitle on the front cover]. My appreciation of this series continues to grow. Though the degree of suspense seems to shrink with each further title, the time period and the descriptions of small town and abbey life; and the deductive skills of Brother Cadfael make this worth reading.

Set in the spring of 1140, this book has little to do with national politics, but focuses on a series
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Valerie
This book begins in late Spring, 1140. People today use the word 'matinee' to refer to afternoon performances. But it would be more appropriate to use it for midnight movies, since the Matins service was held at midnight, followed immediately by Lauds.

This volume begins, therefore, at midnight Friday, and the book is divided into chapters each covering a time period of about twelve hours.

The 'sanctuary sparrow' is the jongleur Liliwin, who is either Saxon or named by a Saxon (perhaps both). He
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Sarai
Kirkus Reviews
More puzzles to be solved and innocents to be saved - as wise Brother Cadfael again works herbal wonders in his 12th-century Benedictine monastery. Cadfael's primary concern this time: Liliwin, a young, half-starved, itinerant juggler who is accused of murdering and robbing goldsmith Walter Aurifaber. Convinced of the lad's innocence, Cadfael helps him to take church-sanctuary from a vengeful mob. And the monk then turns sleuth, of course, looking into both the attack on Aurifaber
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Fabien
Tout est bien calme cette nuit dans l'abbaye et le moines terminent leurs prières quand, dans un grand fracas, un jeune homme pénètre dans le sanctuaire, poursuivi par une foule en colère criant vengeance. L'homme s'avère être un jeune jongleur, et la vengeance porte sur l'accusation de meurtre d'un notable de la ville. Toutefois la règle de l'abbaye est claire : l'homme sera protégé pendant 40 jours avant d'être remis à la justice. Et frère Cadfael veille.

L'intérêt des intrigues des "Cadfael" e
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Kathryn
1st Recorded Reading: May 2003

This is the Seventh book in the series about Brother Cadfael, who in addition to being the chief herbalist in the Benedictine Abbey to which he belongs in the early 12th century, is also called upon quite often when dead bodies appear around the Abbey. And I very much enjoyed this particular installment. (My late sister in law Pookie, who was a lawyer, once observed that if she was in charge of law enforcement, the first person she would arrest for the spate of murd
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Stephanie
Format: Audio
Narrated by: Vanessa Benjamin
Original Publication Date: 1983
Genre(s): Historical (Middle Ages), Mystery
Series: The Cadfael Chronicles, Book 7

This book starts with a jolt - a murderous mob chasing a skinny, wretched young man into sanctuary at the Monastery church. This young man, whose name is Lilliwen, is a traveling musician, juggler and acrobat and the mob believes he has murdered (though the man is not,in fact, dead) and stolen from a local wealthy goldsmith. While the goldsmith
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Φαροφύλακας
Η συγκεκριμένη σειρά βιβλίων περιλαμβάνει ιστορίες αστυνομικού μυστηρίου που διαδραματίζονται γύρω στο έτος 1140 κι έχουν σαν πρωταγωνιστή έναν μοναχό, τον Αδελφό Κάντφελ.

Το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο έχει το στήσιμο τής Αγκάθας Κρίστη: υπάρχει στην αρχή ένα έγκλημα, έπειτα ακολουθούν κι άλλα, ο ένοχος αποκαλύπτεται μοναχά στο τέλος. Κεντρική φιγούρα στην εξιχνίαση τού μυστηρίου είναι ένας οξυδερκής καλόγερος —πάνω στο πρότυπο τού Πουαρό— ο αδερφός Κάντφελ.

Στην συγκεκριμένη ιστορία ένα παιδί καταφεύγει
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Chris
Much like previous books in the series, we have a an medieval monk solving crimes by a mixture of memory, medical knowledge and native cunning. These stories are well written, and move along at a reasonable pace but take interesting detours into the day-to-day lives of the people of Shrewsbury in 1200's. I assume it's well researched and we have some insight into the way people lived.

This mystery revolves around the theft of a bag of coins, a murder and using the church as a sanctuary. We get s
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Snicketts
Another lovely Brother Cadfael mystery, although the most obvious so far as far as the murderer was concerned. I love Cadfael's collection of innocents and Liliwin is a great addition to the crew. Once again it Is the little historical and geographical details that make these stories such a pleasure to read. Strong women in this one too; always a bonus.
Sue
It is one evening during service that a terrified youth bursts in to the chapel pursued by a pack of angry young men yelling for this man's death as he's guilty of murder. Liliwin, the terrified one, pleads for - and is granted - sanctuary at the Abbey for 40 days while the Law seeks to understand. It turns out that Liliwin is a wandering minstrel who had performed at a village wedding. When the groom's father is found unconsious, and his treasure chest ransacked, it is assumed that Liliwin is ...more
Stephen
Another great period mystery/detective story by Ellis Peters. This one was adapted for TV early in the Cadfael series and required that Abbot Radolphus be replaced by Abbot Heribert. Derek Jacoby as Brother Cadfael got to deliver most of the abbot's good lines. Other than that it was more faithful to the book than many of the TV episodes.

Both the book and the TV episode are eminantly entertaining and I can recommend both. As always there are character details and subplots that had to be simplif
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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
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