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  - Robert Lamneth - Goodreads

Been meaning to dip my toe in the Ellis Peters pool and finally did with this one. It's three short detective type stories starring a younger Cadfael than the one in the novels from what I understand. I found it to be a really good introduction to this author's work. Read full review

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

User Review  - Mark Loughe - Goodreads

an Ellis peters masterpieces masterpiece 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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