The Sanctuary Sparrow (Brother Cadfael Series #7)

The Sanctuary Sparrow (Brother Cadfael Series #7)

by Ellis Peters

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Murderous though they be, the Ellis Peters books set in 12th-century Britain have the freshness of a new world at dawn. . . Peters weaves a complex, colorful and a quite beautiful tapestry. Medieval of course.Houston Post In the gentle spring of 1140, the midnight matins at the abbey suddenly reverberate with an unholy sound a hunt in full cry. Pursued by a drunken mob, the quarry is running for its life. When the frantic creature bursts into the nave to claim sanctuary, Brother Cadfael finds himself fighting off armed townsmen to save a terrified young man.

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ISBN-13: 9780751502176
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 01/01/1999
Series: Brother Cadfael Series , #7

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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The Sanctuary Sparrow: Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, Book 7 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
seoulful on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Once more we are drawn into medieval life in town and Abbey of Shrewsbury, England. We see the structure of Abbey life as the monks go through the offices of the day and perform each his duties. We see the town life particularly in the routines of the guilds and the wealthy families. And we catch a glimpse of the life of a traveling juggler, this one bursting in upon Matins at the Abbey and claiming sanctuary from a howling mob. We see individuals of integrity such as Brother Cadfael, resident herbalist and sleuth at the Abbey, his superior, Abbot Radulfus, fair and insistent on the laws of sanctuary and Hugh Beringar, the no-nonsense, but fair sheriff of the shire. We see in other individuals the effects of avarice and bitterness and hopes denied. Ellis Peters continues to delight with her old cast of characters as well as the new who bring depth to the totality of medieval life.
Joycepa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
#7 in the Brother Caedfel series.The serene rite of Matins is interrupted by a figure racing desperately for sanctuary in the church of the Abbey of Sts. Peter and Paul at Shrewsbury. An out-of-control crowd pursues him into the church and is only stopped by the commanding figure of Abbot Radulphus. Accused of attacking a respected craftsman of the town while entertaining at the son¿s weeding and then stealing the goldsmith¿s money, according to law, the young fugitive is allowed 40 days and nights within the confines of the church before he is handed over to the law. Caedfel doubts the young man¿s guilt, and quietly begins investigating, in his own way, into what really happened.That sets the stage for another episode in the life and times of Brother Caedfel, Benedictine brother, who seems to spend as much of his time solving murder mysteries as he does compounding his herbal remedies for the sick. It¿s another good plot done to Peters standard formula and yet another look at life in the 12th century during the time of the Civil War between Steven and Maude.Peters¿ writing is gentle; clearly she has great affection for her subjects. This is not a heavyweight series by any means, but is satisfying nonetheless. Caedfel and his colleagues, the deputy sheriff Hugh Beringar, and the people seem far more real, for example, than those in Peter Tremayne¿s series about Sister Fidelma of Ireland.An excellent read. Highly recommended.
DWWilkin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My first exposure to Cadfael, on PBS was with this story. It is possibly the one I remember most. In the end I think you can see how it will play out, but until two thirds of the book, you still should be guessing. The thing about Cadfael and Ellis Peters is that the world that she crafts is detailed exquisitely. She uses prose, sometimes a great deal, but she gives you imagery in her mystery's that transcend them into historical fiction.Conan Doyle lived during his protagonists adventures. Peters uses her imagine to spark ours. The stories coupled with the Mystery Series go hand and hand, and with Derek Jacobi as the Cadfael, it is a winner all around.The Sanctuary Sparrow has enough clues, and the background of the give and take of the Abbey and the Shire make all the more sense as part of the story. Part of the great fun of the Cadfael stories is to see how the politics of the Abbey progresses through the various stories, and how well Cadfael's friends and enemies are succeeding in their own lives.
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