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The Raven in the Foregate: Complete & Unabridged [Audiobook, Unabridged] [Audio Cassette]

Ellis Peters , Stephen Thorne
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Dec 1993

Christmas, 1141 AD. A priest arrives from London to fill the vacant living of Holy Cross (the Foregate) - a man of presence, scholarship and discipline, but one who lacks the common touch. When he is found drowned in the mill-pond, suspicion is cast in many directions, not least towards a young man who came in the priest's train. Sent to work in Brother Cadfael's garden, he has attracted the friendship of a beautiful and formidable girl.

To Brother Cadfael, once worldly, now dedicated, if gently cynical, is left the familiar task of sorting the complicated strands which define guilt and innocence.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Chivers Audio Books; Unabridged edition (Dec 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074514229X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745142296
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 16.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,242,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Miss Peters is a beguiling writer. (DAILY TELEGRAPH) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Derek Jacobi, who plays Cadfael on ITV, reads this compelling whodunnit from the bestselling Brother Cadfael chronicles. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A raven is a symbol of death and wisdom 4 May 2005
Format:Audio Cassette
RAVEN makes play with the dual role of the abbey church as the parish church of Holy Cross, which puts the brothers in the odd position of appointing a new parish priest when an incumbent passes on. The void left by the passing of Father Adam isn't adequately filled by the title character, unfortunately, a scholar ill-suited to being a pastor. This book explores the lives of the ordinary folk of Holy Cross, and just how much damage an ill-chosen shepherd can inflict on the flock.
I recommend the audio edition narrated by Stephen Thorne. The Jacobi TV adaptation isn't the same story.
This December of 1141, papal legate Henry of Blois must for the second time in a year call a legatine council - a mirror of that in THE PILGRIM OF HATE, now that King Stephen is free and the empress has been driven from Westminster. Once again Henry has turned his coat according to the fortunes of war - small wonder that Bishop Henry seeks to reinforce his own position with his abbots.
Abbot Radulfus returns from the council with a priest from Henry's staff to fill the vacancy of Holy Cross. In his wake, Father Ailnoth brings a housekeeper and her nephew, Benet, who is assigned to Cadfael as a lay helper, Ailnoth having implied that Benet might have a vocation.
Neither Benet nor Ailnoth turns out to be what was hoped for.
Benet not only has no intention of taking vows, but is inexperienced at the kind of chores Cadfael can use him for. However, he's a hard worker and has many virtues that appeal to Cadfael if not Prior Robert. Benet is, in fact, one of the many strayed young hawks of the empress' party to cross Cadfael's path over the years - a bit of a problem, deep in the heart of King Stephen's territory.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cadfael stories 4 Dec 2011
By Cher
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
What can I say to reveiw the Ellis Peters books, they are all great and I thoroughly enjoyed reading them, I have the whole set now and will read them again and again. The book arrived in time and was well wrapped, condition as advertised.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Religious fanaticism is the cause of all evils 22 Jan 2002
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In this book, Ellis Peters presents us a picture of the Middle Ages that is not so distant from today as we would like. A religious but zealous man, a fanatic, brings turmoil, hatred and murder to the Abbey of St Peter where Brother Cadfael is the image of common sense and faith without prejudice. Another kind of fanaticism, this one political, continues to appear in the civil war that divides England and sacrifices always the same - the innocent, the people. In more ways than one, this book is about the times we live and we have not got much better than the medieval man.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true listening pleasure! 11 Sep 2014
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Was already familiar with the content but the excellent delivery of Derek Jacobi enhanced the listening experience.
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