A Rare Benedictine

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St. Martin's Press, Nov 1, 1989 - Fiction - 118 pages
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Peters has gained worldwide praise for her meticulous re-creations of 12th-century monastic life. Here, her chronicles continue with a Christmas story, a tale of robbery and attempted murder, and a narrative of Brother Cadfael's early years.

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Review: A Rare Benedictine (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael 0.1-0.3)

User Review  - Alexander Bradley - Goodreads

A very enjoyable introduction into Cadfael that gets you interested in the larger stories of the original series. A definite read if you've enjoyed the TV series or are looking to get into a medieval detective style of books that will get you thinking. Read full review

Review: A Rare Benedictine (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael 0.1-0.3)

User Review  - Melissa - Goodreads

Great to read about start of Cadfael's beginning but it was a bit weak. Read full review


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About the author (1989)

Ellis Peters is the pseudonym for Edith Pargeter, who was born in Horsehay, Shropshire. She was a chemist's assistant from 1933 to 1940 and participated during World War II in the Women's Royal Navy Service. The name "Ellis Peters" was adopted by Edith Pargeter to clearly mark a division between her mystery stories and her other work. Her brother was Ellis and Petra was a friend from Czechoslovakia, thus the name. She came to writing mysteries, she says, "after half a lifetime of novel-writing." Her detective fiction features well-rounded, knowledgeable characters with whom the reader can empathize. Her most famous literary creation is the medieval monk Brother Cadfael. The blend of history and the formula of the detective story gives Peters's works their popular appeal. As detective hero, Brother Cadfael remains faithful to the requirements of the formula, yet the historical milieu in which he operates is both fully realized and well textured. Peters received the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award in 1963 and the Crime Writers Association's Silver Dagger Award in 1981.

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