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Leper of Saint Giles [Hardcover]

Ellis Peters
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April 1982
A marriage has been arranged, by greedy guardians, between an ageing nobleman and a very young woman. As both parties arrive in Shrewsbury for the ceremony there is a savage killing and Borther Cadfael is called upon to investigate. Outside Shrewsbury's walls stands the leper house of Saint Giles, a sanctuary for the sick, but also a possible refuge for the hunted man...
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Co; First American Edition edition (April 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688010970
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688010973
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 15 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,260,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Soothing, but no shortage of mayhem. (OBSERVER) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In his fifth chronicle Brother Cadfael is called away from his herb garden to investigate a savage killing on the eve of a noble wedding. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Brother Cadfael set out from the gatehouse, that Monday afternoon of October, in the year 1139, darkly convinced that something ominous would have happened before he re-entered the great court, though he had no reason to suppose that he would be absent more than an hour or so. Read the first page
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story! 16 Nov 2000
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This time, we're witnessing a wedding of the most mis-matched couple you could possibly imagine. A young lady of 16 years to an old man in his fourties (well, old in that they didn't live so long in those days!). One of the old man's squires is in love with the girl and has voiced his disapproval. This has lead to him being dismissed from service and accused of theft. He makes a daring escape and hides out nearby. The night comes and on the eve of the wedding, the grrom is murdered. Did Jocelyn Lucy murder his previous master? What do the Lepers have to do with this story? Find out, it's very much worth it!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A confusion of gromwells! 25 Nov 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ellis Peters' fifth Brother Cadfael mystery is set against a backdrop of one of the less savoury aspects of life in Mediaeval Europe - the scourge of leprosy and the terrible disfigurements and consequent social stigmas that its sufferers endured. In actuality, though, this is as typical a romance from the pen of Ellis Peters as it is possible to find!
The action of the story takes place just a few months after the previous Cadfael book, in the autumn of 1139. For once, the on-going civil war between King Stephen and the Empress Maud does not feature in the tale, which is concerned only with the impending marriage of a young, orphaned heiress to an overbearing and insufferable baron, many years her senior. It is quickly obvious that this marriage is no love-match, on either side, and has been arranged purely for the advancement of the girl's guardians and the bridegroom. It is also obvious from the outset that the would-be bride is more smitten with the squire of her affianced lord than with the baron himself and that this attraction is mutual. Most readers, too, will quickly come to dislike Huon de Domville as much as do the young lovers. Nor will anyone be surprised where suspicion (from everyone except Cadfael) falls when the bridegroom is rather conveniently found murdered on the very morn of his wedding day!
But that's about all that is clear-cut and obvious in this plot, which needs someone of Cadfael's shrewd and observant nature to tease out all of the complex pieces of the puzzle and fit them together correctly. And this is one of those classic Cadfael tales in which it is, indeed, only the good Brother (apart, of course, from the reader) who knows the whole truth of events by the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A tale of true love - but with a surprise! 11 Sep 2001
Format:Audio Cassette
This is a most beautiful tale and I won't spoil it by telling you the twist at the end. It is in the usual style of Ellis Peters, being a Medieval Whodunnit, but What Who did is really quite lovely when you find out! It is about dedication, persistence, devotion, self-sacrifice and triumph. Of course someone gets murdered, and of course Cadfael finds out, but love triumphs, in a surprising way. Experience it now!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable murder mystery 30 Jan 2014
This is the fifth book by Ellis Peters in the ever so enjoyable Cadfael medieval murder mystery series.
The year is 1139, a marriage has been arranged between an old nobleman and a young girl – an heiress to a big fortune. The marriage is to place at the Abbey in Shrewsbury, home to Brother Cadfael and his fellow monks. However, the peace of the Abbey is disrupted by a savage killing. Just outside of the walls of Shrewsbury stands St Giles, a leper house. Would the killer possibly take refuge in such a place? It is for Cadfael to try to find the killer with his usual wisdom and cleverness.
A very enjoyable read which although written over 30 years ago; Ellis Peters will always be one of the best writers of historical crime. I will look forward to reading the rest of the novels to keep up with the adventures of Brother Cadfael.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good one 10 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It is quite good one, a story with a few twists, even if i could predict who did it, i couldn't predict the ending, so it gave me a few good hours of read. As usual, it helps if you know MIddle Age English or you use your Kindle's dictionaries, because the author uses a lots of out of fashion words (and i am not a native English speaker). Sometimes i had to skip long descriptions of scenery or other paragraphs describing the characters in detail as i was keen to figure out the solution, but it is a good crime novel.
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