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4.0 out of 5 stars "Heresy can be cried against anyone who offends his neighbour"
"It's a strange thing ... all the years I worked for William, and travelled with him, and listened to him, I never truly gave any thought to these things until now. They never bothered me. They do now, ..."

The sixteenth chronicle of Brother Cadfael sees the return to Shrewsbury from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land of the body of a dead master and that of his...
Published on 27 May 2009 by Nicholas Casley

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of the better Cadfael's
Did Edioth Pargeter start to run out of ideas? This one doesn't quite grip you as some of the earlier stories did - the plot seems a little but forced. Still, having decided to collect the whole series I can't really expect the same brilliance in every one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Heresy can be cried against anyone who offends his neighbour", 27 May 2009
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Nicholas Casley (Plymouth, Devon, UK) - See all my reviews
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"It's a strange thing ... all the years I worked for William, and travelled with him, and listened to him, I never truly gave any thought to these things until now. They never bothered me. They do now, ..."

The sixteenth chronicle of Brother Cadfael sees the return to Shrewsbury from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land of the body of a dead master and that of his live servant, whose words to Cadfael are quoted above. The things the servant refers to are a matter of life and death. As he later would say to his master's daughter, "... heresy can be cried against anyone who offends his neighbour, so easy is it to accuse when there are those willing to condemn for a doubt, for a question, for a word out of place."

Ellis Peters maintains her strict historical accuracies. It's good to see a distinction made between a Seljuk Turk and a Saracen. And there are timely references to Abelard and to the Cathars.

Call me thick, but the plot kept me guessing as far as chapter thirteen. The plot is not perfect, for there are some problems over timings, but it was a good read all the same.

(As a bit of a diversion, it was whilst reading this novel that I noted how Ellis Peters seems to have a `thing' about the height of her characters. For a period when men and women were supposed to be smaller than average, there are a remarkable number of characters who are tall. Abbot Radulfus and Prior Robert are "two tall men, much of a height"; Gerbert, the Augustinian canon of Canterbury was "a man almost as tall"; Brother Winfrid is "a hefty, blue-eyed young giant"; "Jevan of Lythwood was ... tall, erect and lightly built." And so on. And this only takes us up to page 46.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A theological dilemma??, 28 Sep 2013
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The theological questions start and finish the book but the middle is has romance, danger and a touch of the politics of this unsettled time for England. As usual Cadfael is helpful to the young lovers. A good read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of the better Cadfael's, 31 Aug 2013
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Did Edioth Pargeter start to run out of ideas? This one doesn't quite grip you as some of the earlier stories did - the plot seems a little but forced. Still, having decided to collect the whole series I can't really expect the same brilliance in every one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking, 17 April 2013
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Slightly different feel to some of the previous books. More discussion of religion and theology, but as part of the plot. Still very readable and an enjoyable part of the story arc.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good read, 22 Nov 2012
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There are 21 books in the Cadfael series and if one likes detective stories set around the 12th century and not of the highest literary quality these books are a good read. The writer sets the scenes clarly but at times the use of medieval place names can be bothersome. Cadfael potters along nicely solving the crimes from his abbey and his past experiences as a warrior give him an edge into the real world. Good to read and then follow on by watching videos of about 15 of the stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like the series of books this one does not, 31 July 2014
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this is one for the collection. If you like the series of books this one does not disappoint
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent mystery about passion for books and truth, 22 Jan 2002
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This is, as always, an excellent book by Ellis Peters. The original factor seems to be the motive for murder is love, but a different kind of love, since its object is a book. All people passionate for books will find this one special since it's dedicated to them, in a way... Besides this, orthodoxy and heresy are discussed and several issues viewed by Middle Ages standards seem so pertinent today that you feel you are living in the age of Brother Cadafel. This also leads us to the discovery that truth is not easily uncovered and that doubt is a part of human nature as love is. Ellis Peters does not write only mystery books but also compelling reflexions on themes that have interested Man since Man exists.
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