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.
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
“Never go looking for disaster. Expect the best, and walk so discreetly as to invite it, and then leave all to God.”
Among the most popular of the Cadfael chronicles, this tale heralds the first appearance of Oliver de Bretagne. (You’ll have to read the book to discover his significance.)
“In a land at war with itself, you may take it as certain that order breaks down and savagery breaks out.”
By this sixth volume, Peters has reached her stride. Firmly set in the hi ...more
As usual, the plot is impeccably tied up with no annoying straggling ends. Peters has her story well in hand again. We come ...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
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
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
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
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
What makes these novels is not the stories nor the characters (although they are frequently wonderfu ...more
How remiss of me.
If you are familiar with Cadfael and his "history" then you know that our monkish mystery solver is never allowed a peaceful life for long. (sad considering he lives in Shrewsbury Abbey [a real place by the way]). Here the love "interests" (Cadfael seems to draw "star-crossed lovers like honey does bee ...more
A guerra civil reacendeu-se e há muitos refugiados e muita violência, com grupos de bandidos, mais ou menos organizados a atacar pequenas quintas e a matar, roubar e violar. um pequeno grupo central de um irmão (13 anos - Yves) e uma irmã (Ermina 18 anos) nobres acompanhados por uma freira Hilaria , jovem e bonita e um frade Elyas, estes cedendo às tentações entre ambos. entre desaparecimentos e raptos, etcs, a freira é morta e ...more
Summoned to tend a badly injured monk, Cadfael stumbles on clues regarding a missing brother and sister, and the young nun who fled with them when war came to Worcestershire. Meanwhile the countryside is beset by pillagers who burn and steal, rape and murder.
As always there is a secondary story involving romance, and the best twist of the story comes here. Moments towards the end of the book were beautiful enough to make me cry a little. Another 5 star gem by Ellis Peters.
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