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The Confessions Of Brother Haluin: 15 (Cadfael Chronicles) [Paperback]

Ellis Peters
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5 April 2001 Cadfael Chronicles (Book 15)
In the winter of 1142, snow blankets the Bendictine Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul causing damage to the guest hall, and the brothers must repair its roof before the danger worsens. The treacherously icy conditions are to prove nigh fatal for Brother Haulin when he slips from the roof in a terrible fall, sustaining such grave injuries that he makes his deathbed confession to the Abbot and Brother Cadfael. A startling story of trespasses hard for God or man to forgive emerges. But Haulin does not die. On his recovery, he sets out on a journey of expiation, with Cadfael as his sole companion. An arduous trip, it leads to horrifying discoveries, and to murder...

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (5 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751511153
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751511154
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In his fifteenth chronicle Brother Cadfael is witness to a shocking near-death confession and accompanies a fellow Benedictine on a dangerous quest for redemption.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Love can be a beautiful but terrible thing 22 Jan 2002
By A Customer
Ellis Peters gives us another lesson on emotions - love can be beautiful and terrible, love can be forbidden, love can become hatred. Amazingly, we can find this in the Abbey of St Peter and the confession of Brother Haluin but this confession is only the beginning and Brother Cadfael will have to help two young lovers, so they won't suffer the fate of two young lovers of the past who were victims of love and hate. Beauty and age are another underlying theme and never Ellis Peters got so close to the sins of the flesh and mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Confession is good for the soul 4 July 2005
Format:Audio Cassette
Hard core Cadfaelians may find this particular story too simple as you can pretty much from the beginning assumes what is about to happen. Yet Ellis Peters still keeps her writing style and has points to make. She will keep you off balance so you are not sure that you know the answer. In an interview on the DVD of Brother Cadfael - A Morbid Taste for Bones (1994), Ellis peters said that because they have trouble adapting her stories for video, which she would attempt to simplify the stories.
Although I have read the book and am sad that they did not make a video of this journey, I must say that Stephen Thorne's reading gives an added dimension to the story allowing you to race ahead or contemplate the past as he make the characters come alive with his unique voice for each.
This of course is book 15 in the series and so many things have been said, does not need to be said again. So lets hear the confession of brother Haluin and sojourn trough 12th century England with him as he takes a journey of the soul.
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Sometimes I can figure out "who done it," but not this one. It keeps you hooked until the end. A monk who has been with the order for 18 years is seriously injured, and given Last Rights. He wants to give a final confession: That he killed his former lover and their unborn child! Alas, he eventually recovers from his injuries, although permenantly crippled. He goes in search of the girl's mother to confess to her and ask forgiveness. He goes on foot, with crutches, accompanied by Brother Cadfael. The story doesn't become an strange mystery until he arrives at his destination. Then, you're on the edge of your seat until all the questions are answered. A very good book, as are all of Ellis Peters' Cadfael stories.
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A quick read book. Brother Haluin is such a great character. To do what he did and then forget about his past is true devotion to God. I loved this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A journey to the east 10 Jun 2013
By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER
To the east? Well, a matter of some miles from the Shrewsbury monastery where Brothers Cadfael and Haluin live, to the environs of Lichfield, where Haluin`s sincere journey of penitence and expiation takes on an unexpectedly darker hue, and where love and death mingle in the winter snow.
This has been my first Cadfael book (though the fifteenth in the series) and I never for a moment imagined I would enjoy it as much as I did. For one thing, I had seen several blurbs on the author`s other books in the series which damned Ellis Peters with faint praise by calling her `cosy` and the like. That is misleading. No, she isn`t as dour and dark as Mankell or Indridason, or as bloody as Christie, but she is as good a writer, if not better, than many more high-profile, more hyped ones. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised by how seamlessly she weaves her words to tell this ultimately moving, bittersweet tale, her prose having a rhythm and poise to it that eludes many a more fashionable contemporary writer (in any genre).
There are times when certain plot points are repeated rather unnecessarily, and the suspense doesn`t kick in until at least halfway through the book, but the lead-up is so beguilingly crafted, and the author`s feeling for the changing seasons and the bare, sparsely-populated landscape so delightful, that these are minor quibbles.
I have recently acquired a copy of the first novel in this long sequence of books - a boon to a lover of all things medieval, as I am - and can`t wait to `begin at the beginning`. However, this deceptively gentle entry in the series wasn`t such a bad place to start.
Ellis Peters was a fine historical novelist, whose Cadfael books just happen to concern themselves with crime. They are also wise and psychologically penetrating, at least if this one is anything to go by.
An underrated writer I am very happy to have discovered.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite yet, a true tale of redemption. 20 Feb 1998
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I was deeply impressed by the book. I really like the fact that English monasticism of the early 12th century is presented in a positive light and the characters are so human. Typically, monks are presented as irrelevant to understanding the human condition. Here, Ellis Peters give us a glimpse of a very positive "alternative lifestyle The note of redemption so common in this series was especially striking here. Through unbelievable horrors, strength for good arises.
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