The Summer of the Danes (Brother Cadfael Series #18)

The Summer of the Danes (Brother Cadfael Series #18)

by Ellis Peters


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In the summer of 1144, a strange calm has settled over England. The armies of King Stephen & Empress Maud, the two royal cousins contending for the throne, have temporarily exhausted each other. On the whole, Brother Cadfael considers peace a blessing & agrees to accompany a friend to Wales. When Cadfael is captured by an army of Danish mercenaries, he finds himself in the midst of a brotherly quarrel that could plunge an entire kingdom into deadly chaos.

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ISBN-13: 9780892964482
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 06/01/1991
Series: Brother Cadfael Series , #18
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Although she wrote under a number of pseudonyms, Edith Mary Pargeter (1913-1995) is perhaps best known as the mystery author Ellis Peters. Pargeter wrote the Brother Cadfael series featuring a medieval Benedictine monk. She won many writing awards during her lifetime and a number of her Brother Cadfael books were made into television movies.

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Summer of the Danes (Brother Cadfael Series #18) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Griff on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A bit of a twist, far from the Abbey. The mystery is solved in the end, but not by Cadfael. For this tale, he is pretty much along for the ride rather than central to the story and the solution. Still, it is an excellent read with the usual twists and turns. Ever closer to the last book in the series. That saddens me. These are a joy to read.
seoulful on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ellis Peters presents us with another elegantly written medieval mystery featuring Brother Cadfael, herbalist and amateur sleuth of the Abbey in Shrewbury, England. Cadfael journeys to Wales on a diplomatic mission with Brother Mark, a young, slight monk who radiates innocence and goodness in the jaded and sometimes brutal world of 12th century England. There is interesting history of Danish mauraders who settled in Dublin, Ireland and an interesting discussion of the culture of medieval Wales focusing on honor and kinship obligations. While on their mission to Wales, Cadfael and Mark become caught up in a battle between noble brothers with the expected love interest threading through the tale. Beautiful language in a medieval cadence and a sense of authenticity in the colorful details and description of the passing scenes.
nordie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cadfael accompanies the Bishop of Lichfield's representative as interpreter on a journey to the newly-revived Welsh diocese of St Asaph. The journey is more eventful than expected. The Danish fleet is sighted approaching the Menai Strait, a girl disappears and a corpse is discovered. Cadfael goes back home into Wales, to act as interpreter between the new abbot, and the local princes. Problems occur, when the younger brother of one of the princes, who has been disowned from his land, arrives back in Wales with an army of Danes over from Dublin.Not exactly full of tension - the Danes are decent folk, and Owain and Otin have no quarrel with each other, preferring to watch Owain's brother make an eejit of himself, but an enjoyable quick read none the less
DWWilkin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am finding as I read these novels that Peters is not consistent. This one should not be labeled a mystery. Oh there is a body and early enough that one thinks a mystery is to be solved, but Cadfael certainly has no part in it, or so little at the begining that one thinks that Peters/Pargeter wanted to indulge in the aspects of the time period that she found more fascinating.Through 17 earlier adventurers we have warmed to Brother Cadfael and seen that his keen mind and his ability to be a deep study of human nature leads him to uncover man's basest nature, that of the murderer. Here in this novel we see that Cadfael still is an observer of humanity and history, but his skill set in solving crime is unneeded. Prince Owain and his brother Cadwaladr have a falling out. Cadwaladr is banished, in order to get back to his lands, he hires Dane raiders from Dublin, hence the title.Cadfael happens to be deep in Wales and far from Shrewsbury as a translator for his old protege, Brother Mark and immediately he is caught up on the edge of events. But the body and the murder have little to do with the Danes and the two princely brothers. Indeed at the end of the book, Peters just conveniently resolves it. What happened to the smart Cadfael who allowed me to read alongside his discoveries to solve the mystery too?
MrsLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brother Cadfael must travel in this story. It makes for an interesting history as well as a mystery.
AngelaG86 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brother Cadfael has an opportunity to visit Wales with Brother Mark, and is soon caught up in the local politics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago