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Il corvo dell'abbazia (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael #12)

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Padre Ailnoth, parroco di Holy Cross, era un uomo retto e onesto, ma anche duro e severo, incapace di umiltà verso il prossimo. La sera della sua morte, il reverendo era uscito dall'abbazia come una freccia scagliata da un arco da guerra, come un corvo affamato in caccia di peccati... e proprio allora era stato colpito alle spalle. Ora la sua morte lasciava dubbi terribili ...more
Paperback, TEAdue #561, 211 pages
Published 1997 by TEA (first published 1986)
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In December, 1141, the wheel has spun again, and this time left Stephen on the throne, if shakily. He begins shoring up his lead by gathering ecclesiastical and worldly authorities together to support him. This means that Abbot Radulfus has to go first, to (another!) legatine council, and then Hugh Beringar has to go off to a meeting of sheriffs, barons, etc...with the chance that he won't be confirmed in his post, which (you'll recall if you've read the earlier books) he inherited rather irregu ...more
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 Leper of St. Giles
4* The Virgin in the Ice (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael #6)
3* The Sanctuary Sparrow (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael #7)
3* Dead Man's Ransom (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael #9)
CR The Raven in the Foregate (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael #12)
3* The Summer of the Danes (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael #18)

Sep 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Medieval clergy at their worst, and Cadfael at his best. Is it possible he will fail to unravel this skein and innocents will suffer? Read on.

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 mythic. Though the foreground of each chronicle is a murder mystery, behind it a nation and a culture are woven in a wondrous tapestr
Emily Crow
This one just didn't hold my interest. There was a lot of repetition, with the characters discussing the same events several times, which got a bit annoying. As for the actual mystery, it turned out to be the most boring murder ever. (view spoiler)

I will grant this book one positive nod--Brother Cadfael's a sympathetic character. I know this is a popular series. Maybe the other books are better.
King Stephen is back on the throne of England but Brother Cadfael and company are more concerned with a local death. This is the first book in the series that I have actually read and, while I did miss Patrick Tull's narration, the mix of history and mystery along with the great characters made it an enjoyable and quick read.
Mar 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like an avenging fury, like a scavenging raven swooping through the Foregate to hunt out little venial sins, and consign the sinners to damnation.

Raven in the Foregate begins with a huge upheaval in the political fortunes of England. “And the Bishop will grit his teeth and steer his clerics in the eyes, and swallow his goal with a brazen face.” King Stephen is free again, Empress Maud is banished, and Bishop Henry of Blois has forsaken his former allegiance. The war begins again from the viewp
This is the 3rd book of the "Brother Cadfael" series I've read and I really wish I can find the rest as well. What makes this and the other Cadfael tales enjoyable is the pleasant world Peters creates and the idyllic, unhurried way in which she tells the tale. she takes her time building characters and tension. You won't have figured out the mystery half way through. They all seem to have the most unique endings! In this one, I didn't expect the solution at all. Well worth the read.
Apr 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reread-books, 2003, 2010
1st Recorded Reading: December 2003

I thought this one a very good addition to the series; the fact that this is one of the ones I had read before (in December of 2003) did not detract from my reading, as I could not remember who had done the dastardly deed of murder (as you can hardly have a Brother Cadfael mystery without at least one dead body). Brother Cadfael also does his bit to help young love, but they hardly need his help this time, except to use his workshop down by the herb garden as a
David Drent
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery lovers
Another great Cadfael book. I love how the author describes Shrewsbury, and the people living there. Cadfael's garden and workshop/hut make me wish for my own little hut to share with my wife.
These are great murder mysteries for those people that are tired of overly complicated crime novels.
There's a more human touch to the investigations without a plethora of gadgets and science jargon being bandied about.
Love these books.
Jun 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Masterfully written! A new parish priest, selected to replace one known to be too lenient, proves to be distressingly severe. When he is found dead, it seems that everyone in the village has some legitimate grievance or motive to murder! Cadfael's examination of the evidence and the hearts is reminiscent of a "Cold Case" episode: the spotlight of suspicion falls on each one in turn, only to move on--and back again! Not until the final pages, when the whole village has assembled for the funeral, ...more
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This might be the Cadfael book that I like the least. For two reasons: 1) the character of Father Ailnoth is abhorrent and completely without compassion. And 2) I personally have a hard time separating the book's plot from the BBC/PBS adaptation's plot. I have strong memories of characters and events from the TV adaptation that are not in the book so the story becomes a bit of a muddle. (Most of the TV adaptations were pretty faithful to the books.) I think the TV Raven sticks with me more than ...more
Sep 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, england, medieval
Shortly before Christmas in 1141, elderly Father Adam - the vicar of the parish of Holy Cross in the Foregate - passes away. Father Adam had been well liked. Abbot Radulfus brings Father Ailnoth to town as Father Adam's replacement. Unfortunately, Father Ailnoth quickly makes a number of enemies. During the evening of Christmas Eve, he is seen running off out of the Foregate, wings of his black cape stretched out behind him. He never returns. The body is found a couple days later drowned with a ...more
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This quaint mystery lacked substance and really did not hold my interest.

Variazione sul tema. E per una volta, anche Cadfael non ci arriva se non in contemporanea con la confessione dell'assassino.
Really such a favorite in this series.
Dan Bergström
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book by Ellis Peters that I have read, and judging by this one, I would definitely read more books of hers. If you, like me, enjoy British style crime solving, then this book won't disappoint you. The story takes place in England, by the end of the year 1141. A priest mysteriously goes missing in the village of Shrewsbury, and nobody seems to know what has happened to him. It is up to brother Cadfael, one of the monks at Shrewsbury abbey, to pick up the trail, and puzzle the cl ...more
Nathan Albright
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The twelfth novel in the Brother Cadfael series, I read this one a bit out of order [1], but it was not too much of a loss because this particular novel was not referenced in the other two that I read. In a long series such as this one, by the time one has read more than a dozen books, there is a sense of familiarity with the characters and the pleasure of spending time with a friend that one has spent more than a couple dozens of hours with. By that time, one knows someone, even a fictional per ...more
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A new priest has been brought to the Foregate. A priest hell-bent on being as righteous as possible and in so doing; casts his charges into the depths of hell. No one likes him, but who murdered him? Cadfael must find the killer before the wrong person is charged with the act.

I enjoyed this one, it moved quickly and kept me guessing clear to the end. I like the history in these books and the day to day living of the people. Keeps me coming back for more.
Vasco Ribeiro
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um padre muito rígido e ríspido é nomeado para uma paróquia perto de Shrewsbury para substituir um padre muito amado que falecera. Consegue rapidamente que quase todos o detestem pela sua agressividade e dureza. Aparece morto. Chega-se ao fim à conclusão, não muito confirmada, que ele caiu à beira do rio, bateu com a cabeça e morreu. São os desígnios de Deus ...
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So so, slow and plodding. I do finish books I read. The plot is good.
May 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The ending was just a little bit to convenient, but that's sometimes the case with these. (Though I'd rather read things that slant conveniently good than the alternative.)
Maria Thermann
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ellis Peters' medieval amateur sleuth, Brother Cadfael of Shrewsbury Abbey, solves a very baffling case in this Christmas mystery. Set against the backdrop of civil war, the story begins when Abbot Radulfus of Shrewsbury is called to Westminster, where King Stephen is to be confirmed - once again - as the ruler of Britain. His kin, the Empress Maud, has other ideas, even though the good citizens of the City of London have thrown her out in disgust over her vindictiveness and cruelty.

Maud still
I enjoyed the PBS shows with Brother Cadfael and decided to try one of the books. It was a nice relaxing read, nothing spectacular, but passed the time quickly.
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Abbot Radulfus comes back from a meeting with a new priest for the small town outside of the abbey; commonly known as ‘the foregate’. It is hard to say ‘no’ to the suggestion made by the papal legate and at first, Father Ailnoth seems a well read and devout man. It doesn’t take long before it is ably demonstrated that he has no compassion and being a parish priest is the worst job for him. He strikes the children with a long hard walking cane when they make mistakes in his lessons, he accuses a ...more
Lindsay Stares
This is book number twelve in the Cadfael series, but I jumped ahead to it because it's set explicitly at Christmas.

Premise: In 1141, a new priest comes to the town outside the abbey. He is harsh with the people and quickly makes enemies. The woman and young man who came into town with Father Ailnoth are not who they say they are, and all mysteries must come to light after a violent death on Christmas Eve.

I've very much enjoyed all of the Cadfael books I have read, although this one seems to re
Sep 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this a little on the slow side, kind of a lot of exposition towards the beginning (though I was also reading it through the haze of a nasty cold), but it's always nice to read a Brother Cadfael book that takes place chiefly in and around the abbey and the parish church, rather than taking Cadfael out of his natural habitat by some contrivance (he notes at the end of this book that he does have somewhat more flexibility than any of the other brothers). But I enjoyed reading more about the ...more
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE RAVEN IN THE FOREGATE is another fine medieval mystery by Ellis Peters. Brother Cadfael is especially Holmes-like in this adventure as he recognizes the importance of key bits of evidence and is quick to realize that certain individuals had omitted a portion of the events in their initial testimonies.

As usual, I enjoyed this historical mystery (I am not certain how many of these Brother Cadfael books I have read so far…), the characters in this series may live in twelfth century England, but
Another great installment in a stellar series. As always its a pleasure to spend some time in medeival England during the Civil War between King Stephen and his Cousin Maude.

This time Shrewsbury's resident priest has died and Abbot Radolfus brings a new appointee direct from the retinue of Bishop Henry. When the man quickly alienates most of his perishoners and is then found dead on Christmas morning. Cadfeal and Berringer must discover if it was murder and if so who the perpetrator was.

This wa
After a few months away from Brother Cadfael, I decided to pick up where I stopped in the series. As I began, I realized it was on the same date as in the story. No, not in 1142, I refer to month and date; December 10th.
I pictured Alan Rickman as Father Ailnoth; a "Snape-ish" priest? The set-up is nicely done with the recent natural death of one priest to introduce this newcomer. Throw in some intrigue, a young couple, and away we go.
I agree with a few reviewers comments regarding this story
Father Adam, the much-loved vicar of the parish of the Holy Cross for seventeen years, has died and Father Ailnoth has arrived to take his place, along with a woman who has been his housekeeper, and her nephew, Benet, who begins to work as a helper for Brother Cadfael. It isn't long before Cadfael begins to suspect that Benet is not who he says he is, and later, Benet disappears. Ailnoth is austere and scholarly but it soon becomes apparent that he has displeased many of his parishioners in his ...more
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