The Leper of Saint Giles

The Leper of Saint GilesA Savage Murder Interrupts An Ill Fated Marriage Set To Take Place At Brother Cadfael S Abbey, Leaving The Monk With A Terrible Mystery To Solve The Key To The Killing Is Hidden Among The Inhabitants Of The Saint Giles Leper Colony, And Brother Cadfael Must Ferret Out A Sickness Not Of The Body, But Of A Twisted Mind

Edith Pargeter.Edith Mary Pargeter, OBE, BEM was a prolific author of works in many categories, especially history and historical fiction, and was also honoured for her translations of Czech classics she is probably best known for her murder mysteries, both historical and modern Born in the village of Horsehay Shropshire, England , she had Welsh ancestry, and many of her short stories and books both fictional and non fictional were set in Wales and its borderlands.During World War II, she worked in an administrative role in the Women s Royal Naval Service, and received the British Empire Medal BEM.Pargeter wrote under a number of pseudonyms it was under the name Ellis Peters that she wrote the highly popular series of Brother Cadfael medieval mysteries, many of which were made into films for television.

[KINDLE] ❄ The Leper of Saint Giles ❧ Ellis Peters –
  • Paperback
  • 208 pages
  • The Leper of Saint Giles
  • Ellis Peters
  • English
  • 14 September 2018
  • 9780446404372

10 thoughts on “The Leper of Saint Giles

  1. says:

    Brother Cadfael s sharp, analytical mind glitters in the noonday sun like the well honed instrument it is, in this relentless Medieval page turner.It is the twelfth century in feudal England.Common folk go about their daily affairs warily, keenly mistrustful of their condescending new Norman masters.Les nouveau aristocrats like a certain unlikeable, corpulent middle aged French baron who is about to form a strategic match with a beautiful English d butante who in turn is descended from a great Anglo hero, a heroic Crusader PitySurely she deserves better, the commoners mutter, at least a love match to her own sensitive taste.But when this high and mightily obnoxious Baron Domville, the fat old groom, is found murdered, all are aghast as official Norman suspicion focuses on a young and gallant squire for whom the damsel s eyes sparkle fondly Surely they jest So thinks Cadfael, when he sees the honest squire harried like a rabid dog in a death hunt.But the road to clearing Squire Jocelyn s good name will not be easy, with planting of evidence, red herrings and cold trails galore Cadfael s mind is like a steel trap ready to spring shut when new clues begin to appear that could bring a happy d nouement to the two star crossed lovers hopeless travail.And Brother Cadfael s sharp yet sympathetic understanding rests in the certainty that their hapless plight will be righted by Heavenly justice.The workings of his keenly logical mind are are a pleasure to witness in their inexorable unfolding of the Truth.Hats off to this worthy, soft spoken monk Surrounded, as he is, by a cast of living, breathing, fully fleshed characters in a setting of glittering prose that glows inwardly like a gold leafed ancient manuscriptThis won t be the last of Peters finely wrought adventures I ll read

  2. says:

    W O N D E R F U L S T O R Y First I read A Morbid Taste for Bones, and yeah I liked it Then I listened to the dramatization version on BBC Radio of The Virgin in the Ice Njah, I really wasn t turned on BUT, dear Gundula, told me to try another, so I did I tried St Peter s Fair Now that was really, really good I read a book by another author and just had to return to Ellis Peters And then I read this The Leper of Saint Giles Superb, wonderful, fantastic All the things I liked about St Peter s Fair I also liked about this book too So to get a full picture please read my review of that here I want to add here is that the author s words used to describe the English medieval world are beautiful and perfect I didn t stress this adequately in my review of the previous book.Taste these lines about the countryside filled with richly wooded countryside and lush meadows and heads of trees nodding before her or here He had eyes like pebbles under a sun lit brook, as hard and dear and as fluid and elusive in their glance from chapters four and five Plentiful timber of all kinds too for the wheelwright s stock Elm essential for the stock Oak to provide the cleft heartwood for the spokes with the grain unbroken and springy, subtle ash to make the curved fallows of the rim wood Chapter 8 And when the action gets into full swing, there is the blade flashing in the torchlight Chapter 10 I like how every element of the story is neatly tied up I like how the events build to a crescendo, and then when you think you have reached the climax there is even to the story The murders pile up I like how the women have strength, and when they get mad they really speak their mind Agnes proclaims But you have not reckoned with me No characters added to the story are superfluous each one has a specific role to play But what I loved best was the story, the mystery itself I loved how it was solved I loved every bit of it, how it all held together, and how I kept guessing to the very end With the final words, I understood every single event All the parts held together perfectly This is a piece of perfect storytelling, from start to finish And oh yes, you also learn about how leprosy was viewed back then in the medieval ages This one gets five stars from me The narration by Johanna Ward was spot on Just perfect No distracting background noise this time I am off to read another by this great author Immediately The next will be The Sanctuary Sparrow

  3. says:

    My absolute favourite of the Brother Cadfael series The plot is tight and well paced A young maiden from excellent ancestry is being married off for the profit of her relatives Her lover tries to rescue her but comes up against formidable obstacles that have the Law on his back Fortunately, a corpse puts an end temporarily to the malicious plans But who s the murderer, and will the two lovers be united in the end The characters are well developed with the possible exception of the young maiden who is too weak for my liking, but I can see how her weakness helps advance the plot.The backdrop is extremely interesting a leper colony near the Abbey of St Peter and St Paul Leprosy in the Middle Ages carries undertones of fear, demonisation and neglect Not so in this story where sweet Brother Mark sees to all his patients with ultimate devotion.As usual, Brother Cadfael will unfold the thread and solve the mystery But not before some wonderful twists and turns that totally have your attention Heartily recommended

  4. says:

    I really like this series The mysteries, as enjoyable as they are, are almost entirely beside the point for me, given how much I admire Ms Pargeter s command of history and ability to weave in details and bring the setting to life.

  5. says:

    Updated following fifth reading Sep 21, 2019 Such as he live with a humility that transcends all possibility of humiliation One of the best of the twenty volume corpus Ellis Peters has found her pace and strides boldly forward Death is present with us every day of our lives, it behooves us to take note od its nearness, not as a threat, but as our common experience on the way to grace These are tales of murder and romance in medieval England That you get a practical history lesson along the way is a bonus A comely person is no warrant to a comely spirit Formulaic I suppose, but if there s a formula it s that it s never easy for anyone, least of all Cadfael Just as the obvious culprit may be innocent, so the obvious lover may not be the best Youth, beauty and innocence point toward both I have always known that the best of the Saracens could out Christian many of us Christians This tale was among the best of the thirteen made for television It may also be that God has a right to expect a little support from men Previous One of my personal favorites Establishes several of the recurring patterns of the series I ll let you figure out what they are Excellent story, well told.Cadfael series excellent historical fiction Ellis Peters draws the reader into the twelfth century with modern story telling but holds us there with a richness of detail which evokes a time and place which might as well be fictional Though the foreground of each chronicle is a murder mystery, behind it a nation and a culture are woven in a wondrous tapestry.

  6. says:

    While many of my Goodreads friends seem to consider The Leper of Saint Giles the fifth of Ellis Peters Brother Cadfael series as a favourite, personally, I have always found especially the presented mystery of The Leper of Saint Giles just a bit too frustratingly predictable For indeed, the entire scenario of the enforced and problematic marriage of a young and orphaned heiress to a nasty man old enough to be her father, said person s murder and of course the young heiress s secret love interest being wrongfully accused and that the main villain finally turns out to be someone whom both the heiress and her lover had always considered a friend and ally, this is in my opinion a bit of an all too common historic mysteries theme and one that I have in fact and actually read in far too many incarnations over the years Therefore, I guess that I definitely do much prefer those Brother Cadfael novels, where Ellis Peters presents imaginatively novel and not so annoyingly tried and true standard mysteries as that is actually one of the main reasons why many of the instalments in the Brother Cadfael series have always so much appealed to me And yes, The Leper of Saint Giles has truth be told, just been too similar to other Mediaeval mysteries I have had the chance to peruse for me to consider it all that truly special on a personal and reading pleasure level even though I do of course and once again love love love how Ellis Peters so realistically sets her historic time and place, her general atmosphere and that in The Leper of Saint Giles we as readers are also treated to a delightfully realistic portrait of 12th century leper hospitals, reading about the lives of the afflicted, incarcerated patients and their caretaker monks, and in The Leper of Saint Giles, this of course being Cadfael s erstwhile assistant Brother Mark Combined with the fact that I also always do in the Brother Cadfael series prefer to encounter sub sheriff Hugh Beringar as the main secular authority instead of and like in The Leper of Saint Giles sheriff Gilbert Prescote, who just is not all that likeable and personally approachable albeit I do appreciate that in The Leper of Saint Giles, Prescote is depicted and presented by Ellis Peters as while not someone all that friendly and not as someone who could like Hugh Beringar ever become Brother Cadfael s close friend and companion, still as an inherently fair and just individual, who, as soon as he is given the necessary evidence by Brother Cadfael that Jocelyn Lucy could not have murdered Huon de Domville, readily and willingly accepts this and no longer considers Jocelyn his main suspect , I generally tend to consider The Leper of Saint Giles as a decent enough mystery and a worthy instalment in the Brother Cadfael series, but also not a story which I would ever want to read over and over again, not a four or five star offering from Ellis Peters pen, but just a rather standard and a trifle unspectacular three star work.

  7. says:

    I do love Brother Cadfael and his calm ways of solving the mysteries of his community It helps that he has been a man of the world and has experience that those who took Holy orders early in their lives are missing His knowledge of the behaviour of his fellow man, both positive and negative, makes him uniquely qualified in the monastery to undertake these investigations.I wonder if a medieval Abbott would truly be so accepting of Cadfael s adventures, but they make an excellent story series, so I m glad that Peters came up with the idea I love the way that she documents the details of daily life during this time period, and gently teaches the reader a bit of history along the way A very pleasurable way to expand one s knowledge.I ll look forward to reading the further adventures of the good Brother and learning when I pick up the next book in the series.

  8. says:

    Thus far the series entries can be divided between those that feature the politics of the day One Corpse Too Many, St Peter s Fair and those that focus on the Abbey A Morbid Taste for Bones, Monk s Hood This story, set in Oct 1189, is an Abbey centric one, involving an age old trope Beautiful young orphan heiress Iveta de Massard is to wed very much older Baron Huon de Domville at Shrewsbury Abbey in two days time Iveta is a very reluctant bride, having developed a tendre for one of Huon s young squires, Joscelin Lacy Joscelin is likewise smitten with Iveta and at wit s end, as there is no honorable way to prevent the marriage However, the morning of the wedding the groom fails to appear for the ceremony Iveta, is secretly thrilled until Huon is found murdered and Joscelin who had had a very public quarrel with Huon the day before is sought as his killer.Brother Cadfael gets to shine in his role as medical examiner , determining just how Huon died In the course of his investigations he also discovers that Huon had a secret life that was known to very few, his murderer included.Lots of lovely twists to the story, including how the leper sanctuary of St Giles comes to be involved There s also a second murder Is it the same killer Only Cadfael knowsI so enjoy these visits to medieval Shrewsbury and its Abbey Cadfael is wonderful, of course, but I m developing a fondness for Abbot Radulfus as well Prior Robert makes an appearance, still as aristocratically disdainful as ever, though he doesn t really figure in this story It is always nice to catch up with the minor continuing characters as well.For all that there was murder most foul, I came away feeling soothed and uplifted by book s end The coda to the story got to me this time bittersweet, melancholy and just about perfect.

  9. says:

    Meanwhile, back at the abbey I just love these trips to medieval England It all feels so real The whole leper situation was a lot like in Biblical times, it seems And human nature has not changed, not a bit Ellis Peters does a great job with the characters, they truly come alive There is always at least one romance, but it does not dominate the story.Time to travel to Shrewsbury, and soon, I think There must be Brother Cadfael themed guided tours

  10. says:

    Brother Cadfael is a constant joy I seem to read the entire collection every few years when I feel the need to escape to a simpler time The mysteries are never too obvious but never too arcane This one is a particularly well handled story The characters are fully rounded and easily distinguished in spite of the large cast Brother Mark, who we met in an earlier volume, continues to grow in grace and humility He is a splendid creation, exemplifying the best of the monastic system of his time One of the joys of these books is the clearly drawn society with all its customs and foibles I always learn a few new things each time I wander happily through a volume Lovely writing.

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