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The Virgin In The Ice: 6: The Sixth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael [Paperback]

Ellis Peters
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14 Dec 1995 Cadfael
It is winter 1139 and the tranquil life in the monastery gardens in Shrewsbury is again interrupted by violence. Raging civil war has sent refugees fleeing north from Worcester. Among them are two orphans from a noble family, a boy of thirteen and an eighteen year old girl of great beauty, with their companion, a young Benedictine nun. But the trio have disappeared somewhere in the wild countryside. Cadfael fears for these three lost lambs, but his skills are needed to tend to a wounded monk, found naked and bleeding at the roadside. Why this holy man has been attacked and what his fevered ravings reveal soon give brother Cadfael a clue to the fate of the missing travellers and he sets out to find them. The search will lead him to discover a chilling and terrible murder, and a tale of passion gone astray.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New edition edition (14 Dec 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751514012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751514018
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 892,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In his sixth chronicle Brother Cadfael is again caught up with the effects of civil war when two orphans disappear in the winter storms.

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It was early in November of 1139 that the tide of civil war, lately so sluggish and inactive, rose suddenly to sweep over the city of Worcester, wash away half its livestock, property and women, and send all those of its inhabitants who could get away in time scurrying for their lives northwards away from the marauders, to burrow into hiding wherever there was manor or priory, walled town or castle strong enough to afford them shelter. Read the first page
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio Cassette
NOTE THIS IS A REVIEW OF THE AUDIO VERSION OF THE VIRGIN IN THE ICE.

This is the 6th book in the Brother Cadfael series. Ellis Peters had hit her stride. A great central character- on who each story hangs- great setting a largely not well know period of English History The `Civil' war between King Stephen and The Empress Maud and .

The fact that the period is now much better know is largely down to Peters.

She writes well paced and interesting stories.

Now the majority of her stories are `Whodunits' but this is not really that type. Never the less it is a cracking tale and moves at a brisk pace.

Three people are- missing. One a young Lord- Ives, his sister a noted dark haired beauty and their guardian- a young Benedictine Nun.

One of them is found dead- frozen in an iced covered stream- the Virgin of the title.

We know who has done it but the book and tale twist and turns as there is a race against time to discover the remaining two of the trio.

Now to this production.

It's dramatized by the BBC- always a hall mark of excellence.

The story is in place in full and moves at a really satisfyingly brisk pace that really conveys the race against time to discover the remaining two of the trio.

Bert Coules has really done a fine job in his dramatizing of the book.

The late Phillip Madoc is simply wonderful he really is THE Brother Cadfael. His fine Welsh accent is to my ear exactly how I expected Brother Cadfael to sound.

Don't get me wrong the televised version of Cadfael with Derek Jacobi was good but I, along with many others believe that Madoc would have been the better.- We will now, of course never know but we are left with this splendid series on Audio.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First-rate Mediaeval thriller and murder mystery 19 Nov 2001
By Steve Benner TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This sixth in the series of tales of Brother Cadfael is less obviously a whodunit and much more of a thriller or twelfth century adventure story. It is set in the English Marches, amidst the chaos ensuing from the sacking of Worcester by supporters of the Empress Maud against King Stephen in November 1139. The action takes place in Ludlow, mid-way between Cadfael's normal haunts of Shrewsbury, and the beleaguered city of Worcester, where our hero is ostensibly nursing back to health a Benedictine brother who has seemingly been waylaid by a band of outlaws, stripped and left for dead.
Whilst in Ludlow, Cadfael also finds himself embroiled in the hunt for a party of three young persons missing after the attacks on Worcester and known to be heading for Shrewsbury, at which destination they have failed to arrive. With a bitter freeze on hand and the winter's first snows, there are grave concerns for their safety and well-being. One of the three is subsequently found dead - obviously killed and dumped in a watery (now icy) grave on the very night that the good monk's patient was attacked.
Unlike many another Cadfael tale, this one moves along with a gripping sense of urgency and with a fair amount of tension and excitement building gradually as things proceed. It contains the usual Ellis Peters' meticulous attention to both historical and narrative detail and constitutes as riveting - and entertaining - a story as you are likely to find. As always, Cadfael is aware of details overlooked by others and never once loses sight of the smaller issues that are wont to become subsumed into the larger, weightier ones. He (and the regular reader) is provided with an unlooked-for reward in this volume, too.
This book has to be one of the very best of the Cadfael Chronicles and is unreservedly recommended for lovers of the genre. Its story line stands somewhat apart from others in the series, making it fairly unimportant where it is read in the sequence.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An atmospheric murder mystery 25 April 2001
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Format:Audio Cassette
Having read one of Ellis Peter's Cadfael books and been left totally unimpressed by it I bought this tape on the grounds that it was a BBC production and therefore probably pretty good.
I'm glad I did. This production is absolutely superb. It really captures the atmosphere of the piece - listen to it in a darkened room and you'll swear that you've been transported to medieval Shrewsbury. At one point it even succeeds in making you feel cold as the characters battle through a snowstorm!
The casting is spot on. Philip Madoc has a truly magnificent voice - listening to him is the aural equivalent of comfort food - and you can quite imagine why the townsfolk would head to his Cadfael with their problems. In addition the voice of Paddington Bear, Michael Hordern, is the narrator.
The story itself concerns the plight of 2 children who have been forced to flee Worcester during a battle between King Stephen and Empress Maud. The boy, Ives, turns up unharmed but his sister is nowhere to be found. Cadfael organises a search which leads to the discovery of a young woman's body, frozen beneath the ice. But the story has only just begun.
If you enjoy audiobooks then this will be a welcome addition to your collection. If not, then this might well be the tape to get you hooked.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Brother Cadfael Novel. 25 Nov 2012
By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This is the 6th book in the Brother Cadfael series. Ellis Peters had hit her stride. A great central character- on who each story hangs- great setting and a largely not well know period of English History The `Civil' war between King Stephen and The Empress Maud.

The fact that the period is now much better know is largely down to Peters.

All the great series of books have that essential - a character on who the action hangs.

Think of Arthur Conan-Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. Peter's Cadfael is in that genre.

Ellis Peters writes well paced and interesting stories.

Firstly you do not have to have read the preceding 5 to get the full benefit. Nothing in the 5 is needed to understand and `get' the plot.

Now the majority of her stories are `Whodunits' but this is not really that type. Never the less it is a cracking tale and moves at a brisk pace.

Three people are- missing. One a young Lord- Ives, his sister a noted dark haired beauty and their guardian- a young Benedictine Nun. There father was a noted supporter on the Empress Maud and they are at large in King Stephen supporting lands.

One of them is found dead- frozen in an iced covered stream- the Virgin of the title.

We know who has done it but the book and tale twist and turns as there is a race against time to discover the remaining two of the trio.

The story moves along at a really satisfying pace.

If you love Cadfael books, the TV series or good historical fiction then this is a really great book to read.

Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love the whole Cadfael series but find it best to ...
I love the whole Cadfael series but find it best to read in order. Ellis Eters really brings her characters to life.
Published 9 days ago by Mrs. Kathleen Marchart
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent
Published 21 days ago by Helen Swift
5.0 out of 5 stars Another first-rate Brother Cadfael story.
As gripping and 'page-turning' as Ellis Peters always is.
Published 1 month ago by Olive Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant story. Very atmospheric
Published 2 months ago by Christine
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Iloved all these books,pity there is no more
Published 2 months ago by J Logan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Ellis Peters Cadfael novels are always great to read, love the characters and the plots.
Published 3 months ago by Janet Pynor
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of the best
Not one of the better Ellis Peter's Cadfael books, as it is a little muddled and unconvincing in places. Rather formulaic. Read more
Published 8 months ago by ABmonkey
4.0 out of 5 stars This book is recommended to all fans of Ellis Peters
The book was very good and I enjoyed reading it especially as later on I saw the play in the local tgeatre
Published 17 months ago by S Gaduzo
5.0 out of 5 stars Virgin In The Ice
Unfortunately it is my mother who enjoys Cadfael, though I can assure you that she has no complaints over this novel. She thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
Published 17 months ago by phillip groves
1.0 out of 5 stars Dirty and tatty!
It is an extremely dirty and tatty copy, I was really disappointed as it was advertised as 'in good condition.'
Published 20 months ago by Ali
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