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Brother Cadfael - The Virgin in the Ice
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The DVD includes several minutes of audio comments by Derek Jacobi about taking on the role and the appeal of Cadfael. Other special features include biographical information about Ellis Peters (a pseudonym for Edith Pargeter), a production scrapbook of behind-the-scenes photos, and English captions for the hearing-impaired. --Larisa Lomacky Moore
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The time is the mid-1100s. Queen Maude and King Stephen, first cousins who each claim the throne of England, have divided the land in Civil War. "The Virgin in the Ice" is set in the town of Shrewsbury England, near the border with Wales. Brother Cadfael (Jacobi) is an ex-Crusader, who in his old age has become a member of the Abby of Saints Peter and Paul. When he was as a Crusader, Cadfael acquired the knowledge healing from Miriam, a woman he knew in the Holy Land (and the Biblical sense). He ministers to the monks at the abbey, the town folks, and any others who may need his services.
One bleak mid-winter night, Cadfael's young assistant is found half frozen on a road near the abbey. He has been badly beaten and is semicomotose from a skull fracture. Cadfael nurses him back from death's door. Meanwhile, Brother Jerome, the abbey "snitch" and troublemaker overhears Cadfael's assistant ranting about a woman. Brother Jerome jumps to the conclusion the young man has done something very bad. The young monk had been in the company of a young noble woman and her tutor a young nun when last seen. Now he has been found alone. What could possibly have happened?
Cadfael, being a careful and sensible monk does not jump to conclusions.Read more ›
In the weaving of this tale, the threads become tangled when Brother Oswin, Cadfael's engaging but inept assistant, is brought to the Abbey unconscious, barely alive. While on a mission of mercy, Oswin met up with the siblings and Sister. Another fiber is woven into the fabric when Cadfael, out looking for the orphans, finds the nun frozen in a stream, murdered. The evidence points to the novice monk, with whom Sister Hilaria was last seen as they and others fled a raid upon Ermina's fiance's manor. After finding Yves, Cadfael ventures forth in search of Ermina and to prove, or disprove, Oswin's innocence, or guilt.
Shrewsbury's forest bristles with bandits, and there is a mysterious stranger from the Far East named Olivier de Bretagne. The exotic gentleman came to serve with Ermina and Yves' uncle in Jerusalem and followed him back to England, homeland of the father he never knew. The soldier secretly stays in Shrewsbury, despite the danger and peril, to complete his mission - tracking down and securing the two Hugonins' safety. When Cadfael and Olivier meet, the two bond immediately for some mysterious reason.
Ermina is finally found.Read more ›
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During this tale of lost teenagers, wicked violators, and errant crusaders, Cadfael has to untie a Gordian Knot of possibilities, and he does so with his usual aplomb. Read morePublished on February 19, 2013 by Barbara Castleton
The title is a little misleading, but I'll leave it to you to find out why.
Brother Oswin is brought in nearly dead, having been attacked while on a mission to bring a... Read more
The incredibly artistic portrayal of this sad story is visually striking and quite memorable. But the added twist of Cadfael's discovery of who the young hero really is -... Read morePublished on September 21, 2011 by Linda
This series of historical mysteries shows the social structure
of England and the problems. The rape murder of a young nun
is the basis for this movie, but Brother... Read more
If you like a good mystery and are a student of history then buy and watch this seriesPublished on September 17, 2009 by bobby dee
Of all of the Brother Cadfael books that were filmed with Derek Jacobi in the title role, this is my favorite! It introduces the sleuthing friar to the son he never knew he had. Read morePublished on October 7, 2008 by Katherine Hadden
Although the video doen't precisely follow the book, the visual presentation is a stunning feast for the eyes! Read morePublished on January 5, 2003 by John