The Summer of the Danes (Brother Cadfael, Bk 18)
The Summer of the Danes - Brother Cadfael, Bk 18 Author:Ellis Peters In the summer of 1144, a strange calm has settled over England. The armies of King Stephen and Empress Maud, the two royal cousins contending for the throne, have temporarily exhausted each other. — On the whole, Brother Cadfael considers peace a blessing. Still, a little excitement never comes amiss to a former soldier and Cadfael is delighted t... more »o accompany his young friend, Brother Mark, on a mission of church diplomacy to his native Wales.
But shortly after their arrival, the two monks are caught up in yet another royal feud. The Welsh prince Owain Gwynedd has banished his brother Cadwaladr, accusing him of the treacherous murder of an ally. The reckless Cadwaladr has retaliated by landing an army of Danish mercenaries, poised to invade Wales and retake his lost lands.
As the two armies teeter on the brink of bloody civil war, Cadfael is captured by the Danes. His fellow prisoner is a headstrong yound woman fleeing an arranged marriage--or perhaps her involvement in a murder at Owain's camp. But before Cadfael can untangle the passions that led to one death, he has to survive the brotherly quarrel that could plunge an entire kingdom into deadly chaos.« less
Eighteenth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael in which the Celtic / Danish interweavings make for a good Welsh folktale of the price of honor and the cost of familial ties. Cadfael observes all and betrays none. In this time of the significance of 2,000 year old Arabic and Muslim family feuds (Sunni and Shia) it is well to remember the 2,000 years of rivalries on Europe's Atlantic coast. The personal always runs a deep current under the political. It is religion that often makes good people do bad things.
Another wonderful mystery set in the summer of 1144. Brother Cadfael is captured by the Danes with little hope of escape. He cannot return to Shrewsbury until a truce is declared, or a full scale war breaks out and a murderer is brought to justice.