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The Potter's Field (Brother Cadfael, Bk 17)
The Potter's Field - Brother Cadfael, Bk 17 Author:Ellis Peters Book Club Edition — The Seventeenth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael, of the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, at Shrewsbury — The October of 1142, a local landlord makes a present of the Potter's Field to the local clergy. this substantial meadows previously owned by a potter called Riald and his lovely young wife, is transferred t... more »o the Benedictine Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul in August of 1143. Shortly afterward the Benedictine monks begin to plow it.
The plow turns up the long raven tresses of a young woman, dead a year or more; even Brother Cadfael, herbalist and student of medicine, cannot say how long.
The body brings with it complex and delicate problems, for Ruald had abandoned his beautiful wife Genery'sto take monastic vows, and she was believed to have gone away secretly with a ner lover. It seems likely that the dead woman is Generys, and that someone has murdered her. Eith the arrival at the Abbey of young Sulien Blountm, a novice fleeing homeward from an abbey reavaged by the civil war taging in East Anglia, the mysteries surrounding the corpse start to multiply.
In the Seventeenth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael the medieval scholarship is everywhere present, but it is the plot that dominates -- an intricate mystery with a most sensational and unexpected outcome.« less