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The Cadfael Companion: The World Of Brother Cadfael

(Chronicles of Brother Cadfael)

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(A guide to the mediaeval world of Brother Cadfael, the character created by Ellis Peters. From Aachen, site of the first Holy Roman Emperor's palace, to the mythical Zephyr, this encyclopaedia catalogues each character and place, both factual and fictional, to appear in the 17 mysteries)
Hardcover, 392 pages
Published October 10th 1991 by Little, Brown
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Andrew
Sep 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Okay this is an impressive encyclopaedia however first of all I will have to admit that I have been dipping in and out of this book for some YEARS ! That said after the infamous restructuring and reorganising of my books I thought I should close off a few of these titles that have been linger for far too long.

The TV series (yes I will put my hand up to that I got in to the world of Ellis Peters Brother Cadfael thanks to the amazing Derek Jacobi) captivated my attention and drove me to explore
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P.J. Cadavori
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an absolute “must have” for those who have enjoyed the books and/or have followed the TV series.

The Cadfael books portray a twelfth century monk and herbalist who was also the “Sherlock Holmes” of his day. There must be about 20 books which describe his exploits within a framework of historical fact and fiction, with a fascinating blend of people and places recurring throughout the tales.

The 400 pages of the Cadfael Companion is an exceptional guide to about 1000 characters and places,
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Marisa
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book has some wonderful drawings but does not contain the historical knowledge and archaic speech that I was looking for. It is excellent for referencing particular characters in the individual stories but that is about it.
Katharine Holden
Choice of fonts makes it difficult to enjoy. Difficult to figure out what the letters are. Was also hoping for pronunciation guides.
Heather
I've read and enjoyed only one of the Cadfael books, so I got this compendium mostly because it's such a pretty book. Hopefully I'll appreciate it even more as I find and read more of the series!
James of the Redwoods
This is not a book to read cover to cover. It is an excellent reference book for all fans of the Brother Cadfael series.
Hannah
Apr 25, 2014 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Skimmed it.

Not what I was expecting (or hoping for). Not a bad reference book if you're looking for encyclopedic references of the Cadfael Chronicles A-Z. However, I was looking for more of a coffee-table book filled with tid-bits and factoids and glossy, lush colored photos.

Will not rate because it it is good for what it is - just not what I was looking for.
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An awesome, and very thorough, companion and guide to this lovely series.
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