In exchange for keep for life for himself, his wife and two servants, Gervase Bonel assigned his manor of Mallilie to the abbey of St Peter and St Paul at Shrewsbury. But within too short a time, Master Bonel was dying, poisoned by a concoction of Brother Cadfael's making. Whose hand did the deed, and why? Summoned to the bedside, Cadfael recognises Bonel's wife immediately: Richeldis, the girl Cadfael himself left to find glory on the battlefields of the Holy Land. Past misdeeds find present and deadly reckonings in this, the third chronicle of Brother Cadfael, Ellis Peter's marvellously created mediaeval detective.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.