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Preview — The Virgin In the Ice by Ellis Peters
The Virgin In the Ice (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael #6)
In the winter of 1139, raging civil war has sent refugees fleeing north from Worcester, among them an orphaned boy and his beautiful 18-year-old sister. Traveling with a young nun, they set out for Shrewsbury, but disappear somewhere in the wild countryside. Now, Brother Cadfael embarks on a dangerous quest to find them.
As usual, the plot is impeccably tied up with no annoying straggling ends. Peters has her story well in hand again. We come ...more
Peters has created a lot of enjoyable and memorable characters, and they keep coming back! While the enjoyment of the story might be slightly less if you haven't read the other books, it could still be en ...more
In the middle of a harsh winter, a band of marauders is on the loose, killing, raping and pillaging the countryside. Also on the loose are a pair of noble children and the nun that is their guardian, refugees from the sack of the town of Worcester to the south. Hugh Beringar and Cadfael are called in, the hunt is on...and Cadfael is destined to find that which he n ...more
re-read it, since it takes place in December amid lots of ice and snow. On the other hand,
reading about the 12th-century characters braving all that ice and snow in no more than
cloaks and the like did make me feel a bit warmer during our own cold weather!
The Cadfael stories take place during a struggle between two claimants for the throne in
England. Cadfael's Shrewsbury, on the Welsh border, is mostly ...more
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.
This volume begins in early November 1139. And a cold November it became, too. Among the characters introduced in this volume is Giles Beringar, born in the middle of a crowd of refugees fleeing from a flareup of the violence in the civil war between the 'uncousinly cousins', Stephen and Ma ...more
I had forgotten just how good this particular Brother Cadfael mystery is; I had read it in September, 2002, and remembered, as usual, very little of the book. But this is indeed one of the best ones, and is the one I would recommend to anyone who wished to read just one Brother Cadfael mystery.
In November of the Year of our Lord 1139, word comes to the Abbey of the sack of the town of Worcester. King Stephen is in possession of the Crown, but the Empress Maud ...more
As is her usual style Ellis Peters makes quick work of capturing the readers interest ...more
Narrated by: Vanessa Benjamin
Original Publication Date: 1982
Genre(s): Historical (Middle Ages), Mystery
Series: The Cadfael Chronicles, Book 6
The Civil War that has been threatening between King Stephen and Empress Maude starts in earnest, sending refugees fleeing in all directions. Three of the refugees a young, noble sister and brother and a nun have disappeared into the snowy English countryside of 1139.
As with all the books I’ve read in this series there are many threads to follo ...more
As ever, this episode in Cadfael's chronicles is steeped in history and poetry, written with a thoughtful, pensive air - eminently appropriate for even ...more
I had seen the BBC production of this title years ago and yet I was no less caught up in the suspense to say nothing of being transported to another time. The plot is simple, Cadfael discovers a young girl frozen in a creek. He refuses to jump to obvious conclusions and the result is that the t ...more
What makes these novels is not the stories nor the characters (although they are frequently wonderfu ...more
SPOILER WARNING: Do not read this review unless you have read PILGRIM OF HATE and BROTHER CADFAEL'S PENANCE! Unlike Brother Cadfael, who hugs his precious secret and private joy to his grateful breast, I can restrain my "pen" only with the greatest difficulty. I want to publish the news abroad, but also have an obligation not to spoil the thrill of future discovery for readers who may follow the series chronologically.
All Ellis Peters' movels in this fabulous series pr ...more
Cadfael and the young man meet as both are searching for a sister and brother, lost during a winter storm, while at the same time renegade marauders are terrorizing the woods and fields around Shrewsbury. The young man's story reveals to Cadfael his true ...more
The story is good and the characters are excellent. I keep thinking no matter the time period people are pretty much the same in their desires, strengths, and w ...more
It is winter 1139 and the tranquil life in the monastery gardens in Shrewsbury is again interrupted by violence. Raging civil war has sent refugees fleeing north from Worcester. Among them are two orphans from a noble family, a boy of thirteen and an eighteen year old girl of great beauty, with their companion, a young Benedictine nun. But the trio have disappeared somewhere in the wild countryside. Cadfael fears for these three lost lambs, but his skills are neede ...more
Though the suspense is not well maintained (too many clues?) and Brother Cadfael seems omniscient in regards to the crimes or lack thereof, on th ...more
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