“Suspicion drapes itself round him like cobwebs on the autumn bush.”
Another excellent excursion into medieval England. Ellis’ world building is worthy the best of fantasy—simultaneously delivering verisimilitude and a sense of other.
“Cadfael … had considerable sympathy with the ardent young, who overdo everything, and take wing at a line of verse of a snatch of music.”
This chronicle explores the matter of love. Not just romantic, but familial and patriotic. What might a man or woman do for someone (or some cause) they truly love. Die for it? Kill for it? Take the blame for another?
“I never knew a postulant to pursue his novitiate with so much passion, and so little joy.”
Moderns, of course, cannot imagine a young person willing exiting Continue reading