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The Raven in the Foregate It is Christmas, AD , Abbot Radulfus returns from London, bringing with him a priest for the vacant living of Holy Cross, also known as the Foregate The new priest is a man of presence, learning, and discipline, but he lacks humility and the common touch When he is found drowned in the millpond, suspicion is cast upon a young man who arrived with the priest s train and was sent to work in Brother Cadfael s garden Indeed, he is soon discovered to be an impostor To Brother Cadfael, now falls the familiar task of sorting out the complicated strands of innocence and guilt

  • Paperback
  • 228 pages
  • The Raven in the Foregate
  • Ellis Peters
  • English
  • 27 August 2019
  • 0446405345

About the Author: Ellis Peters

A pseudonym used by 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.



10 thoughts on “The Raven in the Foregate

  1. Valerie Valerie says:

    In December, 1141, the wheel has spun again, and this time left Stephen on the throne, if shakily He begins shoring up his lead by gathering ecclesiastical and worldly authorities together to support him This means that Abbot Radulfus has to go first, to another legatine council, and then Hugh Beringar has to go off to a meeting of sheriffs, barons, etcwith the chance that he won t be confirmed in his post, which you ll recall if you ve read the earlier books he inherited rather irregu In December, 1141, the wheel has spun again, and this time left Stephen on the throne, if shakily He begins shoring up his lead by gathering ecclesiastical and worldly authorities together to support him This means that Abbot Radulfus has to go first, to another legatine council, and then Hugh Beringar has to go off to a meeting of sheriffs, barons, etcwith the chance that he won t be confirmed in his post, which you ll recall if you ve read the earlier books he inherited rather irregularly.In the meantime, the parish of Holy Cross comprising the Foregate and the rural areas out of town has lost its beloved priest, Father Adam, aged before his time he was only sixty , by worry for his fallible parishioners His death leaves many people bereaved, but most especially Cynric the Verger, a taciturn but kindly man Cynric eulogizes him succinctly A sad,kind man,a tired man with a soft spot for sinners Others may condescend toward Father Adam for his want of learning, but his parishioners loved him for his compassion.It s the want of that same compassion that causes such hatred for his successor There s no doubt that the young man is talented and learned but he s sadly lacking in that charity that is the greatest of these Some translations translate this term as love , but that s not quite an adequate translation The English term love is too broadwinged What s meant here is familial love merciful and generous which doesn t despair of anyone, and doesn t put forth perfection as a minimum criterion for acceptance Thinking it over, Father Ailnoth might very well have had a long, successful career if he d stayed in royal courts, putting his learning to the service of Church and State, and not meddling in the affairs of ordinary sinners There are some people who are lacking, not only in bedside manner, but even in the kind of generosity which can forgive even unto seventy times seven These people should NEVER be hired as spiritual counselors And once the original mistake was made, Abbot Radulfus should have seen sooner that Father Ailnoth was completely unsuited to the job Any man who would refuse to attend and christen a dying newborn because he won t interrupt his own prayers, and THEN refuse the dead child burial in sanctified ground because the child died before being christened is CLEARLY not suited to the job of parish priest.But before a recognition and correction of the mistake can be completed, Father Ailnoth ends up dead There is no shortage of possible suspects Many people were infuriated by Father Ailnoth s scrupulously cruel behavior So the investigation has to be very careful, especially since most of the people in the parish have no intention of betraying any member of their community who might have been pushed too far.One of the things I ve always liked about Hugh Beringar is that he has always respected community solidarity indeed, even when it becomes a significant hindrance to his official duties, he s always recognized that, in the long run, it makes his job easier So when people refuse to implicate others, he quite rightly respects their right to remain silent, and seeks information by other means His sergeants and deputy aren t quite as understanding in that regard which causes people to be all theworried by the chance that he won t be confirmed in office The obvious suspect is cleared almost immediately, but, because he is a fugitive as a result of the schisms in the land, he s often inaccessible for questioning Brother Cadfael finds himself acting as an intermediary, asking questions and relaying answers to the authorities The Church often takes this role in the troublous times It s not quite a matter of the Church not having a dog in the races The Church hierarchy has strong familial and social ties with the secular authorities, and several churches, monasteries, etc have already proved not very secure sanctuaries when the fire arrows start flying Bur when looking for a disinterested emissary, people tend to turn to the church

  2. Dominique Dominique says:

    3.5 stars

  3. Ron Ron says:

    A man with every virtue, except humility and human kindness That is what I have brought upon the Foregate, Robert And now what are we to do about him Medieval clergy at their worst, and Cadfael at his best Will he fail to unravel this skein and innocents will suffer Who is innocent Keep him out of sight I m no mind to clap a good lad into prison for being loyal to a cause which isn t mine A good medieval murder mystery with the usual political and romantic entanglements, but the stori A man with every virtue, except humility and human kindness That is what I have brought upon the Foregate, Robert And now what are we to do about him Medieval clergy at their worst, and Cadfael at his best Will he fail to unravel this skein and innocents will suffer Who is innocent Keep him out of sight I m no mind to clap a good lad into prison for being loyal to a cause which isn t mine A good medieval murder mystery with the usual political and romantic entanglements, but the stories are getting formulaic You are a devious creature I wonder why I bear with you Hugh turned in the doorway to give him a flashing glance over his shoulder Like calling to like, I daresay 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 mythic Though the foreground of each chronicle is a murder mystery, behind it a nation and a culture are woven in a wondrous tapestry

  4. Bettie Bettie says:

    3 A Morbid Taste for Bones Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, 1 3 One Corpse Too Many Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, 2 3 Monk s Hood Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, 3 3 The Leper of St Giles4 The Virgin in the Ice Chronicles of Brother Cadfael 6 3 The Sanctuary Sparrow Chronicles of Brother Cadfael 7 3 Dead Man s Ransom Chronicles of Brother Cadfael 9 CR The Raven in the Foregate Chronicles of Brother Cadfael 12 3 The Summer of the Danes Chronicles of Brother Cadfael 18 2 3 A Morbid Taste for Bones Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, 1 3 One Corpse Too Many Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, 2 3 Monk s Hood Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, 3 3 The Leper of St Giles4 The Virgin in the Ice Chronicles of Brother Cadfael 6 3 The Sanctuary Sparrow Chronicles of Brother Cadfael 7 3 Dead Man s Ransom Chronicles of Brother Cadfael 9 CR The Raven in the Foregate Chronicles of Brother Cadfael 12 3 The Summer of the Danes Chronicles of Brother Cadfael 18 2 Flight of a Witch Felse, 3 Edith Mary Pargeter 5 Sunrise in the West Brothers of Gwynedd, 1 TR The Dragon at Noonday Brothers of Gwynedd, 2 TR The Hounds of Sunset Brothers of Gwynedd, 3 TR Afterglow and Nightfall Brothers of Gwynedd 4 Empress Maud v King Stephen continuesSee also Cadfael Country Shropshire The Welsh Borders

  5. Emily Crow Emily Crow says:

    This one just didn t hold my interest There was a lot of repetition, with the characters discussing the same events several times, which got a bit annoying As for the actual mystery, it turned out to be the most boring murder ever view spoiler No one killed him He fell down and hit his head I know, exciting stuff hide spoiler I will grant this book one positive nod Brother Cadfael s a sympathetic character I know this is a popular series Maybe the other books are better This one just didn t hold my interest There was a lot of repetition, with the characters discussing the same events several times, which got a bit annoying As for the actual mystery, it turned out to be the most boring murder ever view spoiler No one killed him He fell down and hit his head I know, exciting stuff hide spoiler I will grant this book one positive nod Brother Cadfael s a sympathetic character I know this is a popular series Maybe the other books are better

  6. cloudyskye cloudyskye says:

    Hard to write a review about this The Cadfael chronicles are altogetherlike one single long story to me than 20 separate ones And I love the whole thing This instalment is not a very memorable one a very unpleasant man getting his just deserts, the obligatory romance story, the civil war King Stephen vs Empress Maud continuing to tear England apart.Still a charming outing to mediaeval Shrewsbury in wintertime.

  7. Nancy Nancy says:

    This might be the Cadfael book that I like the least For two reasons 1 the character of Father Ailnoth is abhorrent and completely without compassion And 2 I personally have a hard time separating the book s plot from the BBC PBS adaptation s plot I have strong memories of characters and events from the TV adaptation that are not in the book so the story becomes a bit of a muddle Most of the TV adaptations were pretty faithful to the books I think the TV Raven sticks with methan This might be the Cadfael book that I like the least For two reasons 1 the character of Father Ailnoth is abhorrent and completely without compassion And 2 I personally have a hard time separating the book s plot from the BBC PBS adaptation s plot I have strong memories of characters and events from the TV adaptation that are not in the book so the story becomes a bit of a muddle Most of the TV adaptations were pretty faithful to the books I think the TV Raven sticks with methan the book Raven because the portrayal of the aforementioned Abhorrent Ailnoth was so very strong That character just looms over everything Like the rest of the Foregate, I m glad when he s dead.I d give the book three stars just because of Ailnoth, and because he seems to cast a pall over the entire book even after he s dead However, I bump it up to four because there s some wonderful rhetoric from Cadfael, Hugh, and Abbott Radulfus regarding fallibility, sin and sinners Also, the book rewards the reader by mentioning events and characters from several previous books, including lovely Torold Blund and Godith from One Corpse Too Many And I love the scene at the end with Brother Jerome

  8. Barb in Maryland Barb in Maryland says:

    3.5 stars for this rather quiet episode that sticks close to home in Shrewsbury.It is December, 1141 Abbot Randulfus has a problem on his hands The parish of Holy Cross and the Abbey of St Peter and St Paul share the same church building the Abbey is responsible for appointing the parish priest Father Adam has died and the Abbot needs to find a replacement for the long time and much beloved parish priest.Alas, the new priest, Father Ailnoth is a really bad fit aloof, strict, quick to anger, 3.5 stars for this rather quiet episode that sticks close to home in Shrewsbury.It is December, 1141 Abbot Randulfus has a problem on his hands The parish of Holy Cross and the Abbey of St Peter and St Paul share the same church building the Abbey is responsible for appointing the parish priest Father Adam has died and the Abbot needs to find a replacement for the long time and much beloved parish priest.Alas, the new priest, Father Ailnoth is a really bad fit aloof, strict, quick to anger, with no patience for sinners, especially common folk sinners Matters go from bad to worse so much so that Father Ailnoth is found dead, probably murdered, on Christmas Suspicion quickly falls on two suspects the priest s housekeeper and her nephew who is there under false pretenses.Cadfael believes in their innocence but if not either of them, then who else is there There is a lovely romance flitting through the background that has its roots in the unsettled political situation of the day Sheriff Hugh Beringar again shows that he has a cool head and a flair for drama The climax in the graveyard is very well staged the mystery of Fr Ailnoth s death is solved.The author saves the best for the ending a wonderfully upbeat way to close the story.I m looking forward to what 1142 brings for Brother Cadfael, Hugh and all the others

  9. Whitney Whitney says:

    This is one of my favorite Cadfael mysteries Ellis Peters really digs into morality and human frailty and the need for compassion in leaders Sometimes her novels tie everything up in a neat bow at the end, a little too tidily for reality But this one leaves a few questions that readers will have to decide for themselves She always focuses on true justice , which doesn t always follow the letter of the law It s a quick read with great storytelling and insights.

  10. Sandi Sandi says:

    King Stephen is back on the throne of England but Brother Cadfael and company areconcerned with a local death This is the first book in the series that I have actually read and, while I did miss Patrick Tull s narration, the mix of history and mystery along with the great characters made it an enjoyable and quick read.

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