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The Sanctuary Sparrow: 7 Paperback – 8 Nov 1984

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  • Paperback: 271 pages
  • Publisher: Futura; New edition edition (8 Nov. 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0708825842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0708825846
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,105,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gripping and knowledgable. (SPECTATOR) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In his seventh chronicle Brother Cadfael is sure that the young man who seeks sanctuary in Shrewsbury Abbey is innocent of the charge of murder laid against him. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Steve Benner TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Nov. 2001
Format: Paperback
Barely four weeks past Easter of the Year of Our Lord 1140, with Shrewsbury and all its region secure within the King's peace, the conventual peace of Matins within the great Abbey church of St Peter and St Paul is suddenly and most rudely shattered. Hunted and hounded by an angry mob into the comparative safety of sanctuary within the House of God, a terrified young man, accused of robbery and murder, and closely followed by his accusers and would-be executioners, disturbs the midnight office of the good monks of Shrewsbury. And so starts the seventh Chronicle of Brother Cadfael, in which the mediaeval sleuth finds himself with yet another wrong to right, by once more putting his mind to the solving of one of Shrewsbury's small mysteries.
In this particular case, the mystery is no greatly complex affair but it is, in any case, largely subsidiary to Ellis Peters' painting of a finely detailed picture of life in twelfth century England, and more especially here, within a moderately wealthy family household. There are some unexpected twists and developments along the way, though, and there is certainly nothing predictable about the way the story works itself out, although the ending is no particular surprise either.
In some respects, this is one of the best of the Cadfael books. Its opening pages contain some of Ellis Peters' finest writing, with her descriptions of the running to ground of young Liliwin and the reactions of Abbot Radulfus being quite hair-raising in their potency. The tale unfolds at a sure and steady pace thereafter, too, ensuring that it is always difficult to put the book down, right up until the final exciting, and rather tear-jerking, denouement.
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This is a gentle, domestic story; A young man who had been entertaining wedding guests is accused of murder when a fracas breaks out, but there is none of the rough activities of powerful men who are jealous of their properties. One of the attractions of the book is the manner of the writing. There can be a picture of rural tranquility in the valleys around Shrewsbury or of young lovers who want to have time together. The story carries its own tensions and the unfolding of the truth about the murder gradually emerges. Brother Cadfael is a constant presence giving wisdom and providing his medicinal concoctions. An enjoyable read..
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A relaxing holiday read in a comfortable environment. I loved the locality and history. It is set in an area I have recently discovered and does it justice. The Medieval time zone brought that period of history alive and understandable. I look forward to reading more of the "Cadfael" books
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By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Mar. 2015
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There is no map or plan with the seventh instalment of the Cadfael series. This is because, except at the very end, all the action takes place in and around Shrewsbury and its abbey.

Published in 1983, the book has fourteen chapters that delineate the week of events. It is spring 1140, “with Shrewsbury and all this region secure within the king’s peace, whatever contentions raged further south between king and empress.” But at a wedding reception in town, there is violence and theft. A youth is accused but before the judgement of the street is meted out, the ‘sparrow’ seeks sanctuary within the confines of the abbey, whose officials “fretted and itched with the infection thus hurled in from the world without.”

Yes, this is another case of innocent youth: did Ellis Peters ever write a novel that did without young love? This time we even have the sexual act taking place – and in the abbey church too! – “heaving as one to great, deep-drawn sighs … they were equally innocent, equally knowing.” Needless to say Cadfael is not offended and manages to get to the bottom of exactly who did steal the goods and inflict the violence.

As well as the young love that seems central to most Cadfael stories, one cannot help also noticing how the good guys tend to be “skinny”, “willowy”, or with “gangling limbs” whilst the baddies are “squat”. Yet our hero himself is the exception that breaks the rule – “width-ways Cadfael would have made three of him” [the boy] – and later on in the novel Cadfael is described as “squat and square and sturdy”, and is sixty years’ old.

But if the plots and the characters have similar features, then at least we can admire the author’s occasional literary simile, such as: “Cadfael pursued [the imp] and drew alongside like a companion ship keeping station rather than a pirate boarding.” All in all, this is another well-constructed tale from the world of twelfth-century Shrewsbury.
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It is late spring 1140 and as the Benedictine monks in the monastery at Shrewsbury. Matins is taking place at midnight on Friday when the peace of their office is disturbed by a young by barging into the monastery seeking sanctuary from a mob baying for his blood. The man’s supposed crime: murder and robbery. However, Brother Cadfael, convinced of the man’s innocence sets out to find out who is really guilty of this crime. The result is a tangle of love, passion and family loyalty which lead Cadfael to the true murder.

This is the seventh book in the Brother Cadfael murder mystery series and as usual, Ellis Peters provided a gripping tale of mystery, murder and intrigue with description that vividly brings to life in the early 12th Century. It is always a treat to read Cadfael as without fail it ticks all the boxes that a classic murder mystery should.
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