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Brother Cadfael's Penance: 20: The Twentieth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael (Cadfael Chronicles) Paperback – 1 Dec 1995


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (1 Dec. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751513709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751513707
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.9 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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A more attractive and presupposing detective it would be hard to find. (SUNDAY TIMES)

As usual, Ellis Peters writes with quietly compelling expertise and an eye for character. (WOMAN'S JOURNAL)

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In his twentieth chronicle Brother Cadfael is involved in an investigation of a uniquely personal nature, for as he observes, 'Before I was a Brother I was a father.

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THE EARL of Leicester's courier came riding over the bridge that spanned the Severn, and into the town of Shrewsbury, somewhat past noon on a day at the beginning of November, with three months' news in his saddle-roll. Read the first page
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Jun. 2000
Format: Paperback
We all have to pay for our sins, and as all mortal beings seem to have a few of our own, it should come as no surprise that Brother Cadfael feels he must pay penance for his, as well. And in this 20th (and final) chronicle of Brother Cadfael, Ellis Peters takes us a giant step forward in her characterization of the good Benedictine monk, a man once a member of the Crusades and now wrestling against sin behind the cloth.
In "Brother Cadfael's Penance," Peters permits Cadfael to come face to face with another aspect of his life--a time before his monastic vows. It is 1145 and the great civil war rages on between King Stephen and Empress Maud. However, there is hope. A meeting between the two factions is scheduled for Coventry and Brother Cadfael secures permission from the Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Shrewsbury to attend. Known widely for his skills in diplomacy, as well as crime solving abilities, Cadfael, however, wishes to attend for a very personal reason. He is seeking news of a young knight, Olivier de Bretagne. Olivier is Cadfael's son, from his days fighting in the Holy Land as a crusader. His holy vows aside, he feels he must do all within his power to save his son.
Peters, as always, presents Cadfael as more than human--she gives us a man for all seasons, as it were. In addition, she presents the good brother in a realistic but incredibly humane manner. He is a man whom we can love, respect, yes, even
cherish. Peters' ability to draw out these characteristics is perhaps what makes the series so fascinating. Hers is a series not to be missed. One probably should read them in the order they were written; or at least, read earlier ones before this one, as the poignancy of the meeting between father and son is so much more dramatized when the reader has the background to appreciate such a climactic episode. I cannot imagine a reader being disappointed!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Oct. 1999
Format: Paperback
I am a great Cadfael fan and this book is one of my absolute favorites. What I like most about this book is that it is (as well as "Dead Man's Ransom") about true frienship. It's about loyalty to a friend although each friend is on completely different sides and has been deeply hurt by the other because of chosing a different path. The difficult choice Brother Cadfael has to make and which may change his life, when he decides to look for his son without his abbot's conscent because he will not put his love to God above his love for his son, is also a very touching and interesting aspect. Altogether this book combines all the things I like about the Cadfael chronicles and I really regret that it is the very last one of them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Oct. 1999
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I am a great Cadfael fan and this book is one of my absolute favorites. What I like most about this book is that it is (as well as "Dead Man's Ransom") about true frienship. It's about loyalty to a friend although each friend is on completely different sides and has been deeply hurt by the other because of chosing a different path. The difficult choice Brother Cadfael has to make and which may change his life, when he dedides to look for his son without his abbot's conscent because he will not put his love to God above his love for his son, is also a very touching and interesting aspect. Altogether this book combines all the things I like about the Cadfael chronicles, and I really regret that it is the very last one of them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Crux Roesia on 18 July 2011
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After years of following the ubiquitous Brother Cadfael through his life in and around the Abbey of St Peter and St Paul, Shrewsbury, in the turbulent times of the English Anarchy where anointed king fights former king's chosen heir for the throne, we come to our last glimpse of this wonderful character in penitent/hero mode.

As a glimmer of hope for a settlement to the long drawn-out civil war flickers on the horizon, Cadfael is thrown into a quandary between his vows and his fatherhood when he discovers that his precious son Olivier, all that remains of an adventurous secular life, has been taken prisoner in the latest siege. He is given leave to attend the talks with long-time friend and sheriff Hugh Beringar and see what he can discover of his son's whereabouts, but thereafter, has to make the extremely difficult choice of whether to pursue the hunt for Olivier or return as bidden to his abbey.
Then, as always, another problem pokes its prickly head into Cadfael's side - the murder of a 'turncoat' and the accusation for his death laid on Olivier's brother-in-law and acquaintance of Cadfael and Hugh, Yves Hugonin (known to readers from a previous tale, the 'Virgin in the Ice'). It's up to the brilliant, caring and penitent monk to try to solve the murder and save not only his son but the impetuous boy who was pursuing the same task before he became entangled with death.

'Brother Cadfael's Penance' is a great, fitting end to this wonderfully rich, re-readable series. If I could venture with one slight thorn in a sweet-smelling rose, it would be that for a chunk of the book, the story does become more quest in a wartorn England rather than a mystery, but to be honest, the story is so good (as always with Ellis Peters) that you can forgive that, and just enjoy it anyway. And the ending, for me, is just right.
Read, enjoy and then start back at the beginning of the series... I wish I had written them. Great stuff.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 April 1998
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I have read every one of these wonderful books, and have delighted in the storylines, the history of the times and the fully developed characters. This book is another great volumn in the series.
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