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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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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."
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?
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
All of the Cadfael mysteries are excellent. I've read all 21, and am re-reading them.Published 8 days ago by Helen H. Mackay
Thanks for bringing this series, which I think has been out of print, into the light. Read the early stories years ago.Published 4 months ago by Hal
Ellis Peter's is one of my favorites so maybe I am prejudiced. This book has intrigue, mystery, and romance.Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
I recently picked up this series, and reading through it chronologically. From book 1 until book 4 it has been a real pleasure but book 5 has to my favorite so far. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Niki
Brother Cadfael books are always great in my opinion. This one was particularly interesting because of the leprosy connection. Read more