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  • ISBN 0751527327
  • ISBN13 978-0751527322
  • Language English
  • Author Ellis Peters
  • Publisher Time Warner Books Uk (August 1998)
  • Pages 274
  • Formats lrf doc mobi txt
  • Category Mystery and Suspense
  • Subcategory Mystery
  • Size ePub 1760 kb
  • Size Fb2 1183 kb
  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 539

Set in the 12th century during the Anarchy in England, the novels focus on Benedictine monk Cadfael who aids the law with solving murders. In all, Pargeter wrote twenty Cadfael novels between 1977 and 1994. Each draws upon the storyline, characters, and developments of previous books in the series.

This book, 19th in the Chronicles of What a pleasure to read another adventure of Brother Cadfael

This book, 19th in the Chronicles of What a pleasure to read another adventure of Brother Cadfael. In The Holy Thief not only do we have the usual cast of characters, Bro. Cadfael, Hugh and and the Abbot, but the resident Saint Winifred plays a role as well.

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The Holy Thief Ellis Peters The Holy Thief Ellis Peters The Nineteenth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael EBook Design Group v2 HTML February 07, 2003 CONTENTS ^ Prologue.

All of Cadfael’s fears become manifest as rising floodwaters endanger the abbey’s most sacred relic, the remains of Saint Winifred.

The Holy Thief is a medieval mystery novel by Ellis Peters set in 1144–1145. It is the 19th and penultimate volume of the Cadfael Chronicles, first published in 1992

The Holy Thief is a medieval mystery novel by Ellis Peters set in 1144–1145. It is the 19th and penultimate volume of the Cadfael Chronicles, first published in 1992. It was adapted for television in 1998 by Carlton Media for ITV. Heavy rains flood the river which in turn floods the Abbey, threatening the precious reliquary of Saint Winifred.

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This 12th century mystery series by Ellis Peters takes place in a fog of civil war, where the English and Welsh were raiding each other’s borders and supporting one or another claimant to the English throne: Empress Maud or King Stephen. In spite of the ongoing violence, the author suffuses her novels with a deep sense of peace and contentment in the monastic life. A monk from the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul at Shrewsbury, Brother Cadfael, the ex-Crusader-turned herbalist is her solver of murders and mysteries of the heart. Ellis weaves a rich tapestry of his daily life on the war-torn Welsh border.

There are two important prologues to "The Holy Thief." You will need to read the first book ("A Morbid Taste for Bones") and the eighteenth book ("The Potter's Field") in this series before this twentieth entry, "The Holy Thief" makes total sense to you.

If you haven't read them, here's what you need to know:

****SPOILER ALERT*******************************************
In "A Morbid Taste for Bones" Brother Cadfael substitutes the body of a murderous monk into the reliquary that was meant for the Welsh Saint Winifred, and leaves her remains buried in peace in Gwytherin, Wales. So all the way through this series, the monks and pilgrims have been worshiping the reliquary on St. Winifred's altar, not realizing that there had been a body switcheroo. Only Brother Cadfael and his friend, Sheriff Hugh Beringar are in on the secret.

By the time we get to "The Potter's Field" Geoffrey de Mandeville, once a supporter of King Stephen, has turned rogue and is terrorizing the Fens. He captures and sacks Ramsey Abbey, then uses it as the headquarters for his band of thieves and outlaws.
****END SPOILER ALERT****************************************

In September 1144, Geoffrey de Mandeville's reign of terror in the Fens is put to an end by an opponent's arrow. His followers disintegrate into small bands of outlaws that prey upon travelers and isolated farmsteads.

Abbot Walter of the ruined Ramsey Abbey collects his scattered monks back into the fold so that they can begin the rebuilding process. He also reaches out to other Benedictine monasteries for aid.

In February 1145, Sub-prior Herluin and young Brother Tutilo arrive at the Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul with Ramsey Abbey's request for aid.

The Abbey and the people of Shrewsbury respond generously with money, jewelry and a wagon-load of wood. But before the Ramsey group can finish packing up, the Severn River begins to flood the Shrewsbury Abbey's grounds and even threatens the altar where Saint Winifred's reliquary is displayed.

All of the monks, including the Ramsey contingent and some townfolk pitch in and move all items that are likely to be damaged by the flood to higher ground, including the precious reliquary.

The wagon loaded with wood and other more valuable donations takes off for Ramsey. The flood slowly subsides, but when the Shrewsbury monks begin to clean up and put everything in order, they discover that Saint Winifred's reliquary has gone missing.

Brother Cadfael has good reason to pray that the thief does not break the seals on the reliquary and take a look inside!

In spite of a murder, "The Holy Thief" is one of the more light-hearted entries in this entertaining series. My favorite scene involves a procedure called 'sortes Biblicae' where the Book of Gospels is opened at random by representatives of three opposing parties, to determine whether St. Winifred's reliquary stays with the monks of Shrewsbury Abbey or whether the Saint would prefer to settle into a new home in the Fens.
The Holy Thief is a sequel to A Morbid Taste For Bones, later in time by 4 or 5 years. Brother Cadfael's abbey is visited by brother Benedictines seeking help to rebuild the abbey of Ramsey, ruined by the ongoing civil war. The monks' mission is beset by bad luck--a treasury in goods and money donated to Ramsey is stolen, the relics of Saint Winifred--Cadfael's patroness--are also stolen, and a man who might have identified the thief is murdered.
This story, though fast-paced and interesting, is too diffuse. It doesn't know which of its themes is the most important: the murder? theft of the donation? theft of the saint? the love story? the rivalry between the two priors? This fragmentation causes several promising characters to be lost in the shuffle (such as onetime novice Sulien Blount, his brother and his fiance), others (such as Remy, the troubador) to be one-dimensional, and the denouement to become unimportant and unsatisfying.
Unusually, Brother Cadfael has little to do, beyond some basic forensics, and acting as confidante for the lovers. His knowledge of herbs and medicines gets barely a nod. He doesn't even diagnose Brother Jerome's ailment as an attack of guilt. Hugh Beringar too takes a back seat, and the "guest of honor," the Earl of Leicester, adds little to the story.
It's all too easy to guess the main villain (the one person with no real need to be in the story) and this person is given no history, character, or motivation. The footpads who steal the horses and wagons meant for Ramsey, are never found.
So, as a mystery, this book is pretty much a failure.
That said, the book's high point, its description of a Sortes Bibliae, is almost good enough to offset all shortcomings. In a kind of clerical court, the abbot and the three claimants for Saint Winifred's relics, randomly open pages in the Bible to determine her wishes, in complete faith that she can communicate and do miracles.