By Ellis Peters
The formidable head of Shrewsbury Abbey desires to gather Saint Winifred's sacred continues to be for his Benedictine order. And while the resultant controversy ends up in homicide, Brother Cadfael investigates.
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Could you…? ” “In the garden,” said Brother Cadfael, “everything is well forward, and can manage without me ten days or more, and take no hurt. ” sighed the abbot in heartfelt relief. “Go with Prior Robert, and be our voice to the Welsh people. ” He was old and human and gentle, full of experience, short on ambition, self-righteousness and resolution. There could have been two ways of approaching him concerning Brother John. Cadfael took the more honest and simple way. “Father, there is a young brother concerning whose vocation I have doubts, but concerning whose goodness I have none.
See that brother working in the garden there? The thickset fellow who rolls from one leg to the other like a sailor? You wouldn’t think to look at him, would you, that he went on crusade when he was young? He was with Godfrey de Bouillon at Antioch, when the Saracens surrendered it. And he took to the seas as a captain when the king of Jerusalem ruled all the coast of the Holy Land, and served against the corsairs ten years! ” Brother Cadfael himself found nothing strange in his wide-ranging career, and had forgotten nothing and regretted nothing.
I do not recall clearly the story of this saint and martyr. There are so many of them in Wales. Certainly we ought to send Brother Columbanus to her holy sring, it would be ingratitude to neglect so clear an omen. ” Prior Robert looked round for the few Welshmen among the brothers, passed somewhat hurriedly over Brother Cadfael, who had never been one of his favourites, perhaps by reason of a certain spark in his eye, as well as his notoriously worldly past, and lit gladly upon Old Brother Rhys, who was virtually senile but doctrinally safe, and had the capacious if capricious memory of the very old.
A Morbid Taste for Bones (Brother Cadfael Mystery #1) by Ellis Peters