By Ellis Peters
Ultimately, Brother Cadfael's many enthusiasts can detect the chain of occasions that led him into the Benedictine Order! Lavishly illustrated, those 3 stories express Cadfael on the peak of his sleuthing shape. "Three vintage tales that includes Brother Cadfael . . . whose powers of deduction are essentially miraculous".--Booklist.
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Almost certainly of villein stock, like the two grooms. Cadfael had long practice in distinguishing the free from the unfree.
And at sight of his face silence fell like a stone. “My lords, gentlemen, all who have pleas here this day, and all others present, you are bidden to disperse, for there will be no hearings today. All suits that should be heard here must be postponed three days, and will be heard by His Grace’s judges. ” This time the silence fell again like a heavy curtain, muffling even thought or conjecture. “The court is in mourning from this hour. We have received news of desolating import. His Grace with the greater part of his fleet made the crossing to England safely, as is known, but the Blanche Nef, in which His Grace’s son and heir, Prince William, with all his companions and many other noble souls were embarked, put to sea late, and was caught in gales before ever clearing Barfleur.
The source of both was secret, the spring of their pleasure or amusement, or whatever caused them so to smile, remained private and slightly unnerving, like the carved stone smiles of certain very old statues Cadfael had seen in Greece, long ago. For all his mild, amiable and ornamental appearance, combed and curled and courtly, he was a big, well-set-up young fellow, with a set to his smooth jaw. Cadfael studied him with interest, for he was plainly privileged here. “Goscelin,” said Alard by way of explanation, following his friend’s glance.
A Rare Benedictine (Brother Cadfael Mystery Stories) by Ellis Peters