Fray Cadfael se ve envuelto en una compleja trama en la que se entrelazan un tesoro misterioso, un asesinato y una sentencia por herejía. Verano de 1143. Dos ilustres visitantes llegan a la abadía de Shrewsbury. El poderoso prelado Gerberto aparece rodeado de gran pompa; el caballero Guillermo de Lythwood lo hace en un ataúd, escoltado por su servidor Elave. Su misión es conseguir que su señor sea enterrado en el recinto de la abadía pero, al parecer, la reputación de Guillermo estaba en entredicho por algunas opiniones heréticas. Gerberto aprovecha la oportunidad para oponerse a la inhumación. Su negativa encuentra apoyo al descubrirse que Elave también ha expresado opiniones que se podrían considerar heterodoxas, debido al testimonio de Fortunata, una doncella enamorada de Elave. Y, por si fuera poco, se produce un violento asesinato... Fray Cadfael se ve obligado, una vez más, a asumir el papel de detective y resolver el caso.
Como cada año, mercaderes de todas partes llegan en tropel a Shrewsbury para asistir a la feria de San Pedro. Viajan desde Francia, Flandes y Alemania en busca de nuevos negocios. Pero la animación y la alegría de este evento se desvanecen cuando aparece el cadáver de un famoso comerciante en el recinto ferial. Fray Cadfael inicia una investigación que se convertirá en una carrera a contrarreloj en la que también deberá salvar la vida de una joven en peligro.
When Louis Stevenson is found guilty of murder, he leaves the dock loudly proclaiming his innocence. And he delivers, too, a chilling invitation to the four men responsible for his conviction: 'You four, I summon to meet me at the time appointed, at the Assize of the Dying' The meaning of the sinister words becomes clear almost immediately with two unexpected deaths. And a young couple, convinced that an innocent man has been wrongly condemned, determine to unmask the real murderer--before he strikes again... Murder is committed, too, in 'Aunt Helen', a story of blind obsession and psychological suspense that starts with what looks suspiciously like the perfect crime... Two vintage tales of murder most foul from the bestselling pen of Ellis Peters.
[Back Cover] Various singers and musicians are gathered for a folk music course that will occupy a weekend in the fantastic country mansion called Follymead. Most come only to sing or to listen, but one or two have non musical scores to settle. When brilliantly talented Liri Palmer sings: 'Black, black, black is the colour of my true-love's heart! His tongue is like a poisoned dart, The coldest eyes and the lewdest hands...' she clearly has a message for one of the audience. Passions run high; there is murder brewing at Follymead. Among the music students are Tossa Barber and her boyfriend Dominic Felse. When disaster strikes, Dominic can privately enlist the aid of his father, Detective Inspector George Felse, to unravel the tangle Of events.
To save his estranged son, Brother Cadfael risks breaking his monastic vowsFor Brother Cadfael in the autumn of his life, the mild November of our Lord's year 1145 may bring a bitter--and deadly--harvest. England is torn between supporters of the Empress Maud and those of her cousin Stephen. The civil strife is about to jeopardize not only Cadfael's life, but his hopes of Heaven. While Cadfael has sometimes bent the abbey's rules, he has never broken his monastic vows--until now. Word has come to Shrewsbury of a treacherous act that has left thirty of Maud's knights imprisoned. All have been ransomed except Cadfael's secret son, Olivier de Bretagne. Conceived in Cadfael's soldiering youth and unaware of his father's identity, Olivier will die if he is not freed. Like never before, Cadfael must boldly defy the abbot. The good brother forsakes the order to follow his heart--but what he finds will challenge his soul.
Agosto de 1138. Son tiempos de confusión y desorden. Inglaterra está sumida en la anarquía y la brutalidad mientras el rey Esteban y la emperatriz Matilde se enfrentan por el trono. Familias y amigos quedan divididos por la contienda, y se emprenden acciones oscuras en nombre de un bando u otro.Tras la caída del castillo de Shrewsbury, fray Cadfael es llamado para dar cristiana sepultura a los noventa y cuatro soldados rebeldes ejecutados por orden del rey. Pero cuando hace el recuento encuentra un cadáver de más... que le pone sobre la pista de un asesino tan cruel como escurridizo.
Agosto de 1143. El campo del alfarero, que ha pasado por permuta a la propiedad de la abadía de San Pedro y San Pablo, comienza a ser arado por los monjes. De golpe, la reja topa con un macabro resto: una trenza de pelo que corresponde a una mujer fallecida, enterrada tiempo atrás. El alfarero que habitó en aquel campo es ahora monje de la abadía. Se trata de fray Rualdo, que abandonó a su bella mujer instando por su vocación; de ella nunca más se supo. ¿Serán suyos los restos del campo del alfarero? Sulien, un novicio no muy convencido, miembro de la familia que había sido antigua propietaria del campo, despeja cualquier duda: la ex mujer de Rualdo continúa viva. Pero el interés de Sulien por el caso resulta sospechoso. Fray Cadfael, con su perspicacia y conocimiento del alma humana, deberá desvelar los secretos que esconde el joven.
When Alan Morris disappears, his great-niece Charlotte regrets never having got to know her archaeologist great-uncle better. And, in an attempt to remedy that deficiency, she goes to visit the Roman site of Aurae Phiala, on the Welsh border, that he had spent so much time investigating. When she gets there, Charlotte finds more than just a few old stones ... First there is a charming young man, coincidentally staying in the same hotel, who is very insistent on being her guide. Then a troublesome schoolboy disappears and a corpse is found. And George Felse finds himself having to solve a mystery whose roots go back to ancient Roman times ... Once more, Ellis Peters brings to bear her passion for the complexities of history in a satisfyingly baffling whodunnit.
Shrewsbury, invierno de 1142. Una fuerte nevada daña los tejados de la hospedería de la abadía de San Pedro y San Pablo. Mientras los monjes reparan los daños, fray Aluino resbala y cae. Sus heridas son graves y auguran un desenlace fatal. Al ver la muerte tan cercana, decide confesar al abad y a fray Cadfael su más oscuro secreto, una inicua historia plagada de pecados de difícil perdón por parte de Dios y por parte del hombre. Milagrosamente, fray Aluino se recupera y realiza un viaje de expiación acompañado por fray Cadfael. Pero este arduo peregrinaje conduce a una serie de atroces descubrimientos: amantes contrariados, engaño y traición, venganza... y asesinato.
When a monk survives a tragic injury, he enlists Brother Cadfael to help him right the wrongs revealed in his deathbed confessionWinter arrived early in 1142, bringing with it a heavy snowfall. The safety of the guest-hall roof at the Benedictine Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul comes into jeopardy, and the brothers are called upon to effect repairs. But the icy and treacherous conditions are to prove near fatal for Brother Haluin. He slips from the roof and crashes to the ground, sustaining terrible injuries--grave enough for him to want to make his deathbed confession. The confession is heard by the abbot and Brother Cadfael; a wicked story, of trespasses hard for God or man to forgive. But Haluin does not die. On his recovery, he determines to make a journey of expiation, with Cadfael as his sole companion. It is an arduous journey, physically and emotionally, and one that leads to some shocking discoveries.
Invierno de 1141, Natividad del Señor. El padre Ailnoth llega de Londres escoltado por una sirvienta y su sobrino para convertirse en sacerdote de la Santa Cruz, conocida también como la Barbacana. Poco después aparece ahogado en el estanque del molino. La sospecha recae en Benito, el joven que lo acompañaba y que había sido enviado a trabajar en el huerto de fray Cadfael. Este, convencido de su inocencia, se encargará de desenredar la compleja trama que oculta la clave del misterio.
Brother Cadfael must intervene when a prisoner exchange is interrupted by love and murderIn February of 1141, men march home from war to Shrewsbury, but the captured sheriff Gilbert Prestcote is not among them. Elis, a young Welsh prisoner, is delivered to the Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul to begin a tale that will test Brother Cadfael's sense of justice--and his heart. By good fortune, it seems, the prisoner can be exchanged as Sheriff Prestcote's ransom. What no one expects is that good-natured Elis will be struck down by cupid's arrow. The sheriff's own daughter holds him in thrall, and she, too, is blind with passion. But regaining her father means losing her lover. The sheriff, ailing and frail, is brought to the abbey's infirmary--where he is murdered. Suspicion falls on the prisoner, who has only his Welsh honor to gain Brother Cadfael's help. And Cadfael gives it, not knowing the truth will be a trial for his own soul.
A millionaire is murdered and Inspector Felse, after sifting through the few shreds of evidence, finally arrests Kitty Norris, his teenaged son Dominic's first love. A young man's infatuation soon becomes something far more dangerous, though, as Dominic takes on Kitty's cause-- in direct opposition to his father's investigation.
When archaeologist Bruce Almond is killed on a dig in Greece, his son Crispin returns to Somerset and a mother he barely knows. Convinced his father's death was no accident, Crispin believes even his mother is not free from suspicion, so he baits a clever trap to lure the murderer out of hiding.
Landlords the world over are not the most popular people, and there is little mourning when the greedy, ruthless Mahendralal Bakhle is blown up in his boat on the beautiful Periyar Lake. Suspicion falls on the boat-boy who died with him, but Dominic Felse, one of a party of young tourists accidentally involved in the fatality, is not convinced of the boy's guilt. And when they move on it seems that the terror is still pursuing them. Violence and death erupt yet again in the home of a very different landowner, where Dominic and his friends are guests, and follow them relentlessly south to the very tip of India, where Dominic and the Swami Premanathanand, a man of peace, unravel a deadly Indian rope trick of hatred and murder.
When a troubled novice is blamed for the disappearance of a priest, Brother Cadfael seeks to save his soul--and his lifeOutside the pale of the Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, in September of 1140, a priestly emissary for King Stephen has been reported missing. But inside the pale, what troubles Brother Cadfael is a proud, secretive nineteen-year-old novice. Brother Cadfael has never seen two men more estranged than the Lord of Aspley and Meriet, the son he coldly delivers to the abbey to begin a religious vocation. Meriet, meek by day, is so racked by dreams at night that his howls earn him the nickname "the Devil's Novice." Shunned and feared, Meriet is soon linked to the missing priestly emissary's dreadful fate. Only Brother Cadfael believes in Meriet's innocence, and only the good sleuth can uncover the truth before a boy's pure passion, not evil intent, leads a novice to the noose.
La primera historia de la apasionante serie sobre fray Cadfael, el monje detective, creada por la escritora británica Ellis Peters. Siglo XII, Inglaterra. Fray Cadfael lleva una existencia sencilla como encargado del herbario de la abadía benedictina de Shrewsbury. Sin embargo, su plácida rutina se ve truncada cuando el ambicioso prior Roberto decide hacerse con las reliquias de santa Winifreda. La experiencia mundana de fray Cadfael será la pieza clave para destapar un crimen terrible que parece irresoluble.
Año de 1142. Toda Inglaterra está desolada por la guerra civil. En la abadía de San Pedro y San Pablo también surge un conflicto interno. Tras la muerte de Ricardo Ludel, señor de Eyton, su hijo de diez años, alumno de la abadía y también llamado Ricardo, se convierte en su sucesor. Su abuela, Dionisia, trata de imponerle un matrimonio de conveniencia al que él se resiste. Entretanto, la llegada a la abadía del ermitaño Cutredo, hasta entonces establecido en el bosque de Eyton, coincide con una serie de desdichas que afectan a la vida de los monjes, y se empieza a temer que estas sean consecuencia de la ira divina. Pero fray Cadfael pronto averiguará que son obra de un despiadado asesino.
Two monks seeking refuge bring with them a troubling mystery that will test Brother Cadfael's beliefsIn the year of our Lord 1141, August comes in golden as a lion, and two monks ride into the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul bringing with them disturbing news of war--and a mystery. The strangers tell how the strife between the Empress Maud and King Stephen has destroyed the town of Winchester and their priory. Now Brother Humilis, who is handsome, gaunt, and very ill, and Brother Fidelis, youthful, comely--and totally mute--must seek refuge at Shrewsbury. From the moment he meets them, Brother Cadfael senses something deeper than common vows binds these two good brothers. What the link is he can only guess. What it will lead to is beyond his imagining. As Brother Humilis's health fails--and nothing can stop death's lengthening shade--Brother Cadfael faces a poignant test of his discretion and his beliefs as he unravels a secret so great it can destroy a life, a future, and a holy order.
[Back Cover] All the school boys of Comerford look up to Chad Wedderburn, a classics master who was a hero of the Resistance in World War II. But they are puzzled by his unwavering stand against all violence. And when he is blamed for the brutal murder of a former German prisoner of war who settled in this remote Shropshire town, none of them believe he did it. Policeman George Felse is also deeply troubled by this killing. His son Dominic discovered the body, and now the boy is doggedly pursuing clues in the isolated countryside to clear his teacher. As young Felse digs deeper, his father feels a mounting pressure. For Inspector Felse knows all too well that Dominic is playing with fire, and that he must close the case quickly-before the killer teaches them both a lesson in murder...
[Back of Book] "There is a kind of beauty that produces wolf whistles, and another kind of beauty that creates silence all about it, taking the voices out of men's mouths and the breath out of their throats." Annet Beck's beauty is of the second order and it worries her parents so much that they guard her as closely as a prisoner. . .until the rainy Thursday in October when she disappears. Annet is last seen vanishing over the crest of Hallowmount, a hill in the remote Welsh Country believed to be the domain of witches. Five days later she mysteriously reappears, claiming that she was gone for only two hours. Detective Inspector George Felse doesn't believe in witchcraft, but he does believe in love and he never underestimates its power, especially when it may have led to murder. . .
When Figaro is killed in a plane crash, it seems nothing can save the London production. A world-class baritone arrives from Europe to take over, then he too is killed - in mid-performance. Detective Inspector Musgrave embarks on a quest to discover who is responsible.
Los oficios religiosos de Shrewsbury se ven interrumpidos por una turba de exaltados que persigue a Liliwin, un joven músico a quien acusan de espantosos crímenes. Cuando este pide protección y refugio a la abadía, donde deberá permanecer cual gorrión en una jaula, fray Cadfael se decide a probar su inocencia. La investigación dará un giro inesperado tras descubrir que la supuesta víctima de Liliwin sigue con vida...Este nuevo caso enfrentará al monje detective a las pasiones más oscuras del alma humana, donde ningún crimen es tan cruel como el que se comete por amor desesperado.
'Listen to who's talking. I'm not the one who goes hobnobbing with gunmen and such.' Such is Bunty Felse's light-hearted reply to her husband's parting words of caution, as George is called away to London on urgent police business. But left alone in the house, Bunty begins to feel depressed: she will be forty-one tomorrow and feels that, now their son Dominic has grown up, there is nothing left for her to do except grow older. To shake off the black mood, she goes out to the local pub -- where a chance meeting with a distraught stranger proves that her farewell words to George were horribly mistaken. Caught up in a terrifying , situation, Bunty struggles desperately to hold on to the life which earlier stretched out endlessly before her...
Charges of heresy and murder are complicated by the contents of a mysterious treasure chestIn the summer of 1143, William of Lythwood arrives at the Benedictine Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul, but it is not a joyous occasion--he's come back from his pilgrimage in a coffin. William's body is accompanied by his young attendant Elave, whose mission is to secure a burial place for his master on the abbey grounds, despite William's having once been reprimanded for heretical views. An already difficult task is complicated when Elave drunkenly expresses his own heretical opinions, and capital charges are filed. When a violent death follows, Sheriff Hugh Beringar taps his friend Brother Cadfael for help. The mystery that unfolds grows deeper thanks to a mysterious and marvelous treasure chest in Elave's care.
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