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The Leper of Saint Giles: The Fifth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael (The Cadfael Chronicles) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1995

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'Soothing, but no shortage of mayhem.' OBSERVER

About the Author

Ellis Peters is one of the pseudonyms of Edith Pargeter who wrote several books under her own name and also Peter Benedict, Jolyon Carr and John Redfern. She was the recipient of the Crime Writers Association and the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award. She died in 1995.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Cadfael Chronicles
  • Mass Market Paperback: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Little Brown and Company (January 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751511056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751511055
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,374,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ellis Peters' "The Leper of St. Giles" starts off as, and continues to be, more of a pure love story than any of its predecessors. Since it is a Cadfael story, murder and mystery do indeed rear their ugly heads. Once more, Cadfael is called (with the support of his nifty new abbot) to do more than mix herbs.
Cadfael's former apprentice Brother Mark has left the nest as the story begins. One of the great joys in this book is to see the continued growth of Mark as a minister. In fact it is Mark, more so than Cadfael, who finds himself in the center of the action in "The Leper of Saint Giles."
This is a story that has a lot to do with the meaning of identity and the impact of deception. The basic plot revolves around a lowly squire who loves a wealthy heiress. The problem is, the heiress' wretched relations are intent on marrying her off for financial gain. From this rather nasty situation springs murder and false accusation. It is the job of Cadfael and Mark to make things right.
The more I read of Ellis Peters, the more I admire her work. She had a unique literary voice. So much wisdom is imparted in each story. This is doubly true in "The Leper of St. Giles." The reader is left questioning the actions of Cadfael and pondering the meaning of Justice.
While I am left with many questions and I missed Cadfael's old buddy Hugh, I found this book to be one of the more satisfying Cadfael stories. I highly recommend "The Leper of St. Giles."
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In this fifth chronicle of Brother Cadfael of the abbey of St.Peter and St.Paul of Shrewsbury, a young, reluctant heiress is brought to the abbey for a marriage, forced on her by her greedy guardians, to a much older, gross mannered man, Huon de Domville. The prospective bride loves a young squire of her own age, but all of her protests are swept away in the name of joining together, two considerable estates. On the eve of the wedding, de Domville dismisses his servants and rides out alone for one last visit to his mistress, before the marriage takes place, but is found murdered in the woods, with clues firmly pointing to the young squire, Joscelin Lucy. Lucy had been overheard in the local inn by many people the evening before, making threatening remarks about de Domville while getting fall down drunk. Joscelin is arrested but manages to elude his captors, hiding in the nearby leper colony, which is supervised by Cadfael's protege, Brother Mark. The abbot enlists the aid of Cadfael in sorting out the mess, but when the murdered body of the girl's guardian is also discoverd, only Cadfael looks in the right direction to clear up the mysteries. As ever, in these fascinating books, Cadfael emerges as a man ahead of his time, as a clear thinking problem solver who cuts through prejudice and superstition, to bring everything to a satisfactory conclusion.
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As always I really enjoy this series and am more than halfway through, I think. They are "comfort reads" for me that make me feel good.

Love reading about this era in Wales.This particular tale did not have any civil war backdrop but was nonetheless enjoyable and enlightening. Very poignant about lepers in England and Europe.

Who DID kill the Baron?
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If you read the previous 4 Brother Cadfael Books, you may anticipate the plot. There are a couple interesting twists. It is fun reading, and a good book. I enjoyed it, in spite of the predictability of the plot. Then again...... I am a Brother Cadfael fan.
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I'm re-reading these. Slowly but surely. While it's sometimes a bit dry or a little slow, there is no series of historical mysteries that is as good as the Brother Cadfael novels. This one - book five - is asking the best of this suits is now than 20 books.
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In the Brother Cadfael series, all the stories are good and some are outstanding, opening a window on medieval England. This is one of the latter, with a large and well-drawn cast of characters, and an unlikely murder against the colorful backdrop of the abbey's yearly horse fair. Never far out of mind is the deadly power struggle between two rival claimants for England's throne.
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By muffnme on February 21, 2015
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I love all the Brother Cadfael books, tho some are harder to read than others. But Leper of St Giles is by far my favorite. She paints a wonderful picture of a man worthy of respect. Every time I end this book I wish he was real.
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Another brilliant mystery by "crimi" Queen Ellis Peters, LEPER offers much more than grim details of life in a Lazar house. Unfortunately Hugh Beringar is not in residence during the autumn of 1139, so Brother Cadfael has to solve this murder on his own. Yet we are treated to another "old friend"--Brother Mark who has graduated from Cadfael's helper in the herb garden to the stewardship of St. Giles.
Best of all Peters introduces her readers to a unique female character, whose unusual life spans the extremes of women's roles in medieval society. Unlike Richildis, who represents Cadfael's past, Avice arrives during his present and helps him in the future. Twenty years a mistress to the unsympathetic murder victim, she is suddenly faced with middle age and no way to keep herself. Witty, attractive while comfortably plump, she impresses Cadfael with her veracity, ease with all ranks of men and inevitable administrative skill in her new career of Benedictine nun.
Clever, resourceful and bedimpled (could Peters be decribing her idealized self at one time?) the newest novice at Gordric's Ford will appear in future mysteries--as Cadfael's distaff Dr. Watson, helping him on odd occasions. There is a subtle undercurrent of other-sex awareness on Cadfael's part, which this multi-talented woman cannot fail to notice, but their relationship is quite proper, as they are mature enough to appreciate each other's virtues without desire.
Hints of a crusader's life in the Middle East provide wider historical scope than the usual, boring exploits of those rival cousins for the English throne, King Stephen and Empress Maud.
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