on 8 March 2016
Wonderful Brother Cadfael… I'd love to visit him in his herb and potion filled workshop and to drink a tumbler of his personal homemade (or abbey made) wine. That would be a truly healing experience.
Ellis Peters has created a deeply enjoyable twelfth century version of Shrewsbury and its abbey, revolving around Cadfael's worldly wise but spiritually focused character. In the midst of the direst emergencies Cadfael remains earthed, tending his herb garden and contemplating the solution of mysteries. All around him young lovers, murderers and the crazier citizens of the town rush around solving nothing, until Cadfael gets involved, often with his constant helper and supporter, Hugh Beringar at his side.
Ellis Peters has a wildly romantic imagination, much appreciated by me. I particularly loved 'The Leper of Saint Giles' (with a special mention for Brother Mark) and 'The Virgin in the Ice'. I will say no more. Too busy reading the next in the series!