The Summer of the Danes (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael #18)
In the summer of 1144, a strange calm has settled over England. The armies of King Stephen & Empress Maud, the two royal cousins contending for the throne, have temporarily exhausted each other. On the whole, Brother Cadfael considers peace a blessing & agrees to accompany a friend to Wales. When Cadfael is captured by an army of Danish mercenaries, he finds himsel...more
Another one out of the boxes - a quick blow then a swipe with the duster and I'll be able to read the cover.
Opening: The extraordinary events of that summer of 1144 may properly be said to have begun the previous year, in a tangle of threads both ecclesiastical and secular, a net in which any number of diverse people became enmeshed, clerics, from the archbishop down to Bishop Roger de Clinton's lowliest deacon, and the laity from the princes of North Wales down to the humblest cottager in the t...more
This is another great installment in the Cadfael s...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 tim...more
The novel inserts Cadfael into an feud between Owain Gwynedd, ruler of North Wales (a historical figure who has...more
All this said, I am a huge fan of Pete...more
When Brother Mark requests Brother Cadfael’s service as translator for an important ecclesiastical envoy which is journeying to Saint Asaph to honor the new Bishop there, Brother Cadfael joyfully accepts. He is relieved to have a change of scenery – the Benedictine Abbey at Shrewbury, while excellent for holy living, is not exciting. Not that Brother Cadfael exp...more
Through 17 earlier adventurers we have warmed to Brother Cadfael and seen that his keen mind and his ability to be a deep...more
This is a bright, enjoyable story and a fascinating mystery with a satisfying ending.
Ellis Peters has a wonderful eye for the landscape. A Brother Cadfael novel is a trip back to 12th century England near the Welsh borderlands. I understand that her characters are standard stock and her plots rather predictable -- that's part of the attraction. But even knowing...more
Edith Mary Pargeter, 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 Horsehay...more