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La bara d'argento (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael #1)

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Il possesso delle reliquie di santa Winfred ha scatenato una controversia fra i monaci benedettini di Shrewsbury e gli abitanti di un pacifico borgo del Galles. Dopo le trattative, e le minacce, a complicare le cose viene scoperto il cadavere di Rhisiart, il principale oppositore dei monaci, trafitto da una freccia. Sulla piccola ma combattiva comunità sembra abbattersi la ...more
Paperback, I grandi detective, 193 pages
Published May 2005 by TEA (first published 1977)
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Edith He participated in the Crusades, and he was captain of a ship. He is the herbalist at the Shrewsbury Monastery.
Henriette The books are stand alone. But I found that (re)reading them in chronological order it gave something extra. The war - which is in the stand alone…moreThe books are stand alone. But I found that (re)reading them in chronological order it gave something extra. The war - which is in the stand alone reading just a background story - brings a new dimension to the story of Cadfael, Hugo and all others.(less)
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Lisa
Great historical mystery series.

Since this info was hard for me to find, below is a list of the Cadfael novels in order of publication:

A Morbid Taste for Bones

One Corpse Too Many

Monk's Hood

St. Peter's Fair

The Leper of St. Giles

The Virgin in the Ice

The Sanctuary Sparrow

The Devil's Novice

Dead Man's Ransom

The Pilgrim of Hate

An Excellent Mystery

The Raven in the Foregate

The Rose Rent

The Hermit of Eyton Forest

The Confession of Brother Haluin

The Heretic's Apprentice

A Rare Benedectine

The Potter's Field
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Werner
Mar 19, 2008 Werner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of historical mysteries
Recommended to Werner by: I was a fan of the PBS Brother Cadfael episodes on Mystery!
Dame Edith Pargeter had already, by 1977, made a reputation for herself, under the pen name of Ellis Peters, as a mystery writer; but under her own name, she was also a respected author of historical fiction, much of it set in medieval Wales. When she brought the two genres together in this first of many novels, set in the border country between England and Wales (where she grew up) in the turbulent mid-1100s and featuring Brother Cadfael, a former veteran soldier now a monk in his sixties, and ...more
Willow
Jan 05, 2014 Willow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is actually quite good.

I must admit though, I had a hard time getting through it. In fact, I pretty much had to sit myself down and force myself to read through to the end. I’ve decided that has much more to do with me than the book itself (consequently my high rating). The truth is, I just don’t like mysteries, and now I know that even by setting the mystery in a fascinating time period, this doesn’t change. When I was younger, I used to read every Agatha Christi ‘Poirot’ story I cou
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Wanda
I am quite sure that I used to own a copy of this novel, back in the early 1980s. I finally donated it because I just couldn’t get into the story. Now, I look back at my younger self and shake my head, because this time around I found the story to be very accessible and very easy to engage. Another instance of the right book at the right time—not suitable for me in my 20s, but eminently suitable for me in my 50s.

I think that Brother Cadfael will become an old friend—I will certainly be reading t
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Chrissie
Marvelous story. You have to read it to find out exactly what happens. A fun spoof on religion. The historical detail, the characters, and the humor are enchanting. By the end I loved Brother Cadfael and all the villagers of Gwytherin, Wales. An utterly charming tale and funny too!
Ace
Nov 27, 2016 Ace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ace by: Ancient & Medieval Fiction
My first by this author introducing Brother Cadfael who's powers of observation and deduction ensure that he's always a part of the action and at times a little above the law. I enjoyed his character, he has a bit of a history, is not exactly pious and is a bit cheeky.
Carol ♔Type, Oh Queen!♕
I read some of the Brother Cadfael books years ago & found them just ok. May have been my age or (more likely) that this is a series that needs to be read in order. Clearly there is more to the good brother than his skills as a herbalist! No doubt more will be revealed about his past in later books.

I don't know anything about 12th century Wales or England, but certainly Peters had given the narrative & dialogue a very authentic feel. & monastery politics feels like modern office or s
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Marijan
Oct 04, 2016 Marijan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
kratko, zanimljivo, na momente malo suhoparno, no vrlo dobro djelce. pogotovu kad zamišljaš likove iz serije.
Hannah
Dec 23, 2013 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, 2014-reads
Having enjoyed the TV series (starring Derek Jacobi as Cadfael), I've long wanted to read the books on which they were based. This first book in the series was a treat. Peters has an easy writing style, and the story was intriguing and kept my interest, even though having seen its TV twin I knew how it would play out. There are many parallels to the TV adaptation, but also some slight changes as well, which was ok. Brother Cadfael is a wonderful leading character. I am looking forward to seeing ...more
Stephen
2.0 to 2.5 stars. I picked this book up after really enjoying Dissolution by C. J. Sansom and wanting to try another historical mystery. While well written, I found this book to be fairly dull and the main character not nearly as interesting as Sansom's Matthew Shardlake. Not horrible by any means, just not great.
Laura
This is the first book of the Chronicles of Brother Cadfael series but not the 1st one I've read. Still more to come soon.

4* A Rare Benedictine (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, prequel stories 0.1-0.3)
3* A Morbid Taste for Bones (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #1)
3* One Corpse Too Many (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #2)
3* Monk's Hood (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #3)
3* The Virgin in the Ice (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #6)
3* Dead Man's Ransom (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #9)
4* The
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Andrew
Oct 09, 2016 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is at its core a whodunnit however what sets it apart is the setting - 12 century in and around Shrewsbury. Now The first thing that I want to say is that this book (and in fact the whole series being written between the mid 70s and mid 90s) was ground breaking as no one had really broken the historical fiction genre and certainly not mixing it with the crime genre as well. However Ellis Peters did so and repeatedly.

Now I am sure there were books in this style written before Cadfael and th
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Terri
Ah ha! We meet at last Brother Cadfael. Pray tell, Brother, was it as boring for you as it was for me?
I have heard much about the Brother Cadfael series and heard plenty of good reports on the books, including the first book in the series. This one. A Morbid Taste For Bones.
Having been one of the only English speaking persons in the world to have never read any of the books or watched any of the tv shows I have had A Morbid Taste For Bones on my radar for a goodling amount of time. Always putti
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Hanne
May 05, 2013 Hanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a weird way, this book is pure nostalgia.

I never read this book before, but my mother used to have the entire collection and in my memories it seems like she was constantly reading one of them while i was a kid (which is probably not really true, but you know how memories work! they are alway slightly distorting the truth).
I saw this book a little while ago in the library and i just had to read it now.

It is a nice, quick and enjoyable read. Not too much suspense (although i am glad i was able
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Petra
Dec 01, 2011 Petra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun story featuring a medieval monk with a past. I really enjoyed this visit of Olde England, the myths, the travel. The villagers of Gwytherin are a wonderful group.
There's not much I can say without giving away a mystery. The adventures of Father Cadfael and the others is a fun, human, warm story of murder, friendship, faith, hope, truth.
Damaskcat
Sep 30, 2014 Damaskcat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Abbot of the Benedictine monastery in Shrewsbury has decided his abbey needs the relic of a saint to raise their profile. A vision by one of his monks means that his attention fixes on Saint Winifred whose remains currently lie in a small Welsh village. Permission is granted to go and remove the remains and Brother Cadfael - being the only Welsh speaker among the monks goes with them.

What follows is a PR disaster and results in the death of more than one person. But Brother Cadfael works to
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Laura
3.75 stars. I really enjoyed the first in this Brother Cadfael series, and look forward to continuing with it. It wasn't a page-turner that constantly called me back to it, but I was happy to spend time with the characters when I did pick it up. There is a lot to like about Brother Cadfael, I love the setting, and am slowly learning about medieval history, which is great. I also like a series in which religion figures prominently and positively, and people try to be good to one another, and show ...more
Janice
May 16, 2011 Janice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once I got into the story, it was a page turner and I couldn't put it down.
Bill Rogers
Dec 20, 2014 Bill Rogers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brother Cadfael is intelligent, practical, level-headed, and a schemer. It occurred to me several times in this book that he would make an excellent supervillain were he not also kind-hearted and dedicated to good. Let us thank God for that, because certainly that's what Cadfael would do.

In this, Cadfael's first chronicle, Prior Robert has been thundering that the Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul at Shrewsbury needs its own dead saint to bring in the tourists. Or, excuse me, pilgrims. Prior R
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Colleen
"...Brother Cadfael had come late to the monastic life, like a battered ship settling at last for a quiet harbour." He'd traveled the world and had many women. "He could not conceive of coming to this stasis having done nothing else whatever." How could you not be enamored of a monk like that? He gets mad when his holy duties take away from his gardening. He sleeps through chapter. He pokes fun at his fellow brothers: Brother John "was a handsome, lusty, good-natured soul, who seemed to have blu ...more
Stephen
I freely confess that first I came to the Brother Cadfael saga through PBS. Later I read the books that had never made it into TV form and am just now getting around to reading some of the books that have been favorite television programs of mine for some time.

It's a measure of the quality of the adaptations that neither the book nor the TV program is a disappointment. The printed story is a bit more complicated but the TV show touches on all of the major plot elements and even adds some embell
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Nikki
I've been meaning to reread these for a while. I don't think I can improve on my first impressions: it's a believable enough portrayal of both medieval Welsh and religious life, from what I know of either, and I particularly liked the portrayal of the women of the story, even the dead woman. I like that there's a hint of mystery and sacredness, too, that things turn out alright and it might be human effort or there might be a hint of divine intervention as well. It suits the time period.

I also n
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Julie Bozza
A very competently done murder mystery set in medieval times, which (alas!) never really grabbed me. However, I did like a few things: The contrast between Cadfael's former adventurous life and his current contentment as a Benedictine was interesting, and I am sure is made good use of in other books in the series. There was some interesting info when comparing Welsh 'village' life with the English equivalent. And Cadfael's solution to the ultimate problem here was creative and amusing and a litt ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
A vision by Columbanus a rather ambitious young monk convinces Prior Robert who is "in the market" for "Saint relics" to be located at Shrewsbury Abbey. Unfortunately Saint Winefride already has a home. She's buried in Wales.

This is not good. Mayhem will surely ensue... and of course it does. Just one question, can a long dead saint shoot a bow and arrow?
Sharon Penman
Dec 20, 2009 Sharon Penman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the Brother Cadfael series, except for the very last book. My favorite is Virgin in the Ice.
DeAnna Knippling
A solid read in all respects. Not the most difficult of mysteries to solve, but a good deal of time spent on the satisfying solution. Slow paced, wonderful details, a feet up with the beverage of you choice kind of book
Serene
Mar 20, 2017 Serene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars-One of my favorite books for this school year
Jane Connor
В XII веке в бенедиктинском монастыре в Шрусбери настоятель сильно переживает, что у монастыря нет мощей какого-нибудь, даже самого завалящего святого. И тут одному монаху является валлийская мученица Виннифред, которая, как монах утверждает, повелела ему найти ее мощи и перевезти в монастырь. Делегация монахов отправляется в валлийскую деревню, где жила и умерла Виннифред. Местные жители, разумеется, не в большом восторге из-за того, что их местную святую хотят забрать какие-то чужаки. Главного ...more
Tiffany
Jan 29, 2013 Tiffany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've given stars indescriminately to Ms. Peter's entire Cadfael canon, but that's only because I read them 30 years ago and I can't remember which ones I loved and which ones I only merely loved a little. I give the series five stars because they were pretty much flawless. Also, for me, life-changing.

While the stories are set in the 12th century, a hard time to give color and texture to, Ms. Peters acquits her writerly duties with perfection. Her understanding of language and rhythm is remarkab
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A pseudonym used by Edith Pargeter.

Edith Mary Pargeter, OBE, BEM 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 (Shropshire, England), she had Welsh ancestry, and many of her sho
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Other Books in the Series

Chronicles of Brother Cadfael (1 - 10 of 21 books)
  • A Rare Benedictine (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, prequel stories 0.1-0.3)
  • 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)
  • The Pilgrim of Hate (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, #10)

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