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The Holy Thief de Ellis Peters
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The Holy Thief (1992 original; edició 1994)

de Ellis Peters (Autor)

Sèrie: Brother Cadfael (19)

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"Brothers from Ramsey come to Shrewsbury looking for money to rebuild their monastery, which has been ransacked by rebel soldiers. They claim that a loan of Saint Winifred's Holy Relics, which are housed at Shrewsbury, would be suitable generosity. Cadfael and the Abbot opt to provide the men with a gift of precious gems instead. Then, during a cataclysmic night of violent storms, the Holy Relics disappear. Cadfael is dispatched to recover them and unearths a wrong much greater than he had expected."--Container.… (més)
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Títol:The Holy Thief
Autors:Ellis Peters (Autor)
Informació:Mysterious Press (1994), 256 pages
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The Holy Thief de Ellis Peters (1992)

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novice tries to steal St Winifred from Shrewsbury Abbey
  ritaer | Apr 1, 2021 |
finally a murderer is arrested
  FKarr | Jul 18, 2020 |
The Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul in Shrewsbury becomes the destination for two monks from Ramsay, a monastery ravaged by war and needing assistance, and for a group of musicians. We find that one of the monks is also a singer and musician. The monks have raised a goodly sum of money and jewels from the area along with a gift of lumber from a local lord. When the rains fall and the River Severn is flooding, the wagon with lumber and the gifts is sent out of harm's way while the Abbey puts all its treasures in higher ground. When the flood waters recede, somehow the Abbey loses coffin with the bones of St. Winifred. Meanwhile, thieves steal the cart on the way back to the monastery and the strong box with the cash and jewelry is found opened. Also found is Winifred. There is contoversy over who actually will actually get custody of the saint. Does she belong to Shrewsbury, the monks of Ramsay to which she was heading or Lord Robert Beaumont, upon whose land she was discovered? And how did she get on the wagon for Ramsay?

A sortes Biblicae is the proposed solution for Saint Winifred. But what about the murder victim found nearby, especially as he was coming to the Abbey to identify the monk whom he helped put the reliquary on the wagon? The sortes gives closure to one mystery and Brother Cadfael deduced the rest. A most successful solution. ( )
  fdholt | Jun 27, 2019 |
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Title: The Holy Thief
Series: Brother Cadfael #19
Author: Ellis Peters
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Medieval Mystery
Pages: 288
Format: Digital Edition

Synopsis:

Two fellow Benedictines from a neighboring enclave come in search of offerings of money, prayers, skilled labor and materials for help in rebuilding their plundered abbey. A great amount of all 4 are raised and sent on back to the abbey while the 2 brothers head to other abbey's to keep on raising more support. The cart and its inhabitants are waylaid by bandits and while the men escape with their lives, all the materials and money is gone.

At this time, it is discovered that the reliquary supposedly containing the bones of the welsch Saintess has gone missing. Suspicion falls on the younger of the monks from the ruined abbey and a witness is called to prove he did take the reliquary. Said witness ends up dead and discovered by the younger monk. Lots of twistings and turnings later, it all comes out that it was done by the assistant to a travelling musician who had stolen the valuables and then murdered the witness to the stealing of the reliquary on the off chance he had seen the assistant take the gold and jewels.

Said young monk, who has a voice from heaven, runs off to Wales with the slave girl of the travelling musician who also has the gift of singing. The bones of the Saintess are returned safely to Shrewsbury, the murderer is taken and everything works out for the best, with the exception of the murdered shepherd, poor sap.

My Thoughts:

It is about phracking time that this series got back to having Cadfael as a main character again. I bumped this up at least half star just for that reason alone!

The other thing I really liked was that brother Jerome, that sniveler, that ass kisser and general sucker upper to Prior Robert, lost control and whacked the shepherd over the head. He thought he killed the guy but sadly, it turned out to be someone else put the finishing kabosh on the poor shepherd. I have to admit, I was hoping it WAS Jerome just so the sheriff, Hugh Beringar, could string him up and hang him dead. Jerome has been a worm since the first book and I want him dead. Oh well.

The whole young love thing is just such a trope in this series at this point that I just shrug my shoulders and think “oh well”. The problem I do have it is that it allows Peters to give voice to her rather ecumenical and unscriptural theology using a monk and so add weight to her thoughts.

I enjoyed this read from start to finish, which is a good change from the last couple of Cadfael books. I only have 2 more to go in this series and I'm really hoping they end strong and not with a whimper.

★★★☆½ ( )
1 vota BookstoogeLT | Jul 18, 2018 |
A monk cones to Shrewsbury from Ramsey Abbey seeking aid in its rebuilding, bringing a mischievous youth. A French minstrel comes bringing a girl with a lovely voice. A former novice at Ramsey is pressed to return tere. A flood threatens the supposed bones of Sit. Winifred (which Cadfael knows to be nothing of the sort --see A Morbid Taste for Old Bones) Theft and murder follow. ( )
  antiquary | Sep 27, 2015 |
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Wegens een dreigende overstroming worden de kostbaarheden van de abdij van Shrewsbury (we zijn in het jaar 1144) in veiligheid gebracht. Daarbij verdwijnt een kostbare reliekschrijn. Deze wordt weliswaar spoedig teruggevonden, maar er zijn ook nog andere schatten gestolen, en dan wordt er een mogelijke getuige vermoord. Monnik-speurder Cadfael heeft er weer veel werk aan, maar zoals altijd bij deze schrijfster komt alles keurig op zijn pootjes terecht, zij het ditmaal met heel wat toeval. Dit negentiende deel uit deze reeks is zeker niet het minste; met name de omgang met heiligen, hun relieken en bijbelse voorspellingen is heel aardig beschreven. Bekend zijn de rustig voortkabbelende verteltrant en de zwart-witte karakters. De vertaling is nog steeds stroef. Een onderhoudend boek in normale druk. - Hans Wagemans.
 

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"Brothers from Ramsey come to Shrewsbury looking for money to rebuild their monastery, which has been ransacked by rebel soldiers. They claim that a loan of Saint Winifred's Holy Relics, which are housed at Shrewsbury, would be suitable generosity. Cadfael and the Abbot opt to provide the men with a gift of precious gems instead. Then, during a cataclysmic night of violent storms, the Holy Relics disappear. Cadfael is dispatched to recover them and unearths a wrong much greater than he had expected."--Container.

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