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Book Title: Brother Cadfael's Penance|
The author of the book: Ellis Peters
Date of issue: October 5th 1995
ISBN 13: 9780751513707
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Who would have thought that a mystery book would make me cry? But cry I did. The book was simply a lovely end to a delightful mystery series. Brother Cadfael, the main character and a Benedictine Monk has to make a hard decision when he discovers his son has been captured by an enemy. If he strays too far from the dictates his leader has given, he could be in danger of losing his chosen vocation as a Benedictine monk. He loves his service as a monk, but his call to see after his son is equally powerful and strong. What follows is a fascinating story where we get an in-depth look at the civil war between King Stephen and Empress Maud, both arrogant as they literally rip the country apart to gain the throne of England. Maud is shown as arrogant, cold and ruthless in her quest for power. Ironically, her followers are not portrayed as ruthless or particularly power-hungry. Ellis Peters implies that Maud has almost hypnotic power over the men who served her. At the heart of story is the complicated story of Philip, son of Robert of Gloucester, Maud's most trusted advisor and half-brother. Philip switches loyalties from Maud to King Stephn in an attempt to sway the balance in Stephen's favor and end the war. Brother Cadfael is finally able to divine the location of his son, Olivier, whose fate is intertwined with that of Philip's. The story was absolutely fascinating. The historical detail was mesmerizing. But above all, for me, the story of father-son relationships, religious obligations, political loyalties, personal ambitions, and the desire to serve moved me. Cadfael's journey is poignant. But please take the time to read the whole series. I think the end is worth waiting for, after reading the previous 19 books. Ellis Peters is such a great writer. And the end of her series was just stunning.
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Read information about the authorA pseudonym used by Edith Pargeter.
Edith Mary Pargeter, OBE, BEM was a prolific author of works in many categories, especially history and historical fiction, and was also honoured for her translations of Czech classics; she is probably best known for her murder mysteries, both historical and modern. Born in the village of Horsehay (Shropshire, England), she had Welsh ancestry, and many of her short stories and books (both fictional and non-fictional) were set in Wales and its borderlands.
During World War II, she worked in an administrative role in the Women's Royal Naval Service, and received the British Empire Medal - BEM.
Pargeter wrote under a number of pseudonyms; it was under the name Ellis Peters that she wrote the highly popular series of Brother Cadfael medieval mysteries, many of which were made into films for television.
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