By Ellis Peters
On his deathbed, Brother Haluin confesses to a surprising act in his past--and then recovers. To atone, Haluin determines to take a trip of expiation with Brother Cadfael and embarks on an exhausting trip that ends up in discoveries of deceit, betrayal, revenge . . . and homicide. "Each addition to the sequence is a joy".--USA this present day.
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And he was a very pleasing youth, as I recall, lettered and gifted. ” “It may be her father already had other plans for her,” said Radulfus. “He may have betrothed her to someone else in childhood. ” “She need not, however, have rejected the boy utterly, if she had let him hope, he would have waited, surely, and not tried to force her hand by forestalling marriage. Though it may be I do him wrong there,” Cadfael relented. “It was not calculation, I fancy, that brought him into the girl’s bed, but too rash affection.
But in small doses, both herb and root, dried and powdered, are excellent for the yellow distemper, and useful with horehound against chest troubles, though the blue-flowered kind is milder and better for that. I’ve known women use it to procure abortion, in great doses that purge to the extreme. ” “And this was surely during his novitiate, for he cannot have been here long if this child was his, as he supposes. ” “Barely eighteen, and the girl no more, if as old. It is some extenuation,” said Cadfael firmly, “if they were in the same household, seeing each other daily, of equal birth, for he comes of a good family, and as open to love as are most children.
He wants Wareham back, but it’s well stocked, and manned to the battlements, and Stephen never did have the patience for a siege. He’d like a fortress more to the west, to carry the war to Robert’s country. There’s no guessing what he’ll try first. But he wants none of me or my men there in the south, he’s far too wary of the earl of Chester to keep me long out of my shire. Thank God, for I’m of the same mind myself,” said Hugh blithely. “And how have you been faring? Sorry I am to hear your best illuminator had a fall that all but ended him.
The Confession of Brother Haluin (Brother Cadfael Mystery #15) by Ellis Peters