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The Potter's Field. The Cadfael Chronicles XVII [Paperback]

Ellis (Edith Pargeter) Peters
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4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and Touching Mystery July 12 1999
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first Brother Cadfael I have been talked into reading, and I loved it. The characters are compelling and touching and the perpetrator of the crime is understood by the Benedictine monks, and, thus, the reader. It's the mystery that sucks you in, but it's the character development and the way the author tells of Medieval life that are the value here, I think. At the end, I teared up a bit. I'm anxious to read more about Brother Cadfael and his colleagues!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Plotter's Field Aug. 23 1998
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The plot is a bit worn thin, but Peters keeps up the interest with a good set of engaging characters and her marvelous use of language. Still a worthwhile investment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peters in full bloom. Aug. 23 1998
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A particularly good effort by Peters. In addition to her intriguing characters and historical backdrop, she gives us a good murder mystery as well.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The book was all right Nov. 6 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I took the author to long to get to the point. She went all around in circles to get to the point
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4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and Touching Mystery July 12 1999
By Stacey M Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first Brother Cadfael I have been talked into reading, and I loved it. The characters are compelling and touching and the perpetrator of the crime is understood by the Benedictine monks, and, thus, the reader. It's the mystery that sucks you in, but it's the character development and the way the author tells of Medieval life that are the value here, I think. At the end, I teared up a bit. I'm anxious to read more about Brother Cadfael and his colleagues!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Nov. 26 2011
By J. Smallridge - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I wasn't sure I'd enjoy this book because the plot sounds so plain. However, I was blown away by Peter's ability to create a world and then draw a reader in with a fantastic mystery. This is a great book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery, character study, and fine historical novel, all rolled into one Nov. 25 2012
By Nina M. Osier - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul accepts the gift of a field, and has it ploughed for planting. When the plough turns at the end of a row, it's stopped by something under the ground; and that something turns out to be the rotted clothing, and a long tress of black hair, from a buried body. Who was this woman who lies secretly in unhallowed ground? Was she murdered, as seems all too likely? Brother Ruald once owned this field, before the potter answered his late-in-life call to the cloister and left his wife in possession of his property. After which the woman, embittered at Ruald for abandoning her and declaring to anyone who would listen that she had since found a more discerning lover, vanished. She had long black hair - but so, of course, do many women. The body has been buried long enough so little is left but clothing, hair, and bone, so even Ruald cannot say whether or not it is that of his wife.

Meanwhile, as Lord Sheriff Hugh Beringar gathers his company and responds to King Stephen's call to battle in the civil war tearing at nearby East Anglia, a young man makes his way home on foot from an abbey that the war has laid waste. Sulien abruptly left his noble family after his father died in one of King Stephen's battles, and during the year since then he has completed his time as a novice. Now he must either make his final Benedictine vows, or decide his vocation was false and return to his life in the world. Sulien grew up as the frequent and welcome guest of Ruald and his childless wife at their cottage. When he learns that Ruald is under suspicion of murder after the discovery of a woman's body in the potter's field, Sulien tells Abbot Radulphus that he knows Ruald's estranged wife to be alive and well elsewhere. Brother Cadfael finds that story hard to believe, but he cannot believe, either, that Sulien killed the woman; nor can he believe Ruald is guilty. So Cadfael launches his own investigation into the matter, with the blessing of his abbot and without the usual assistance from his good friend the Lord Sheriff.

This seventeenth book in the Cadfael series works well as both mystery and character study, and it's also a fine historical novel. I especially enjoyed the "elderly" (for the era, not if she were living now) female character, Donata, who is Sulien's mother. Slowly dying from a painful illness, Donata resents the well intended protection laid around her by her elder son and his bride, and Cadfael - himself no longer young - understands that the strength of her character far exceeds that of her body. How Donata deals with being kept in ignorance, and therefore diminished, delighted me just as much as it did the herbalist monk. A really good read!

--Reviewed by Nina M. Osier, author of 2005 science fiction EPPIE winner "Regs"
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Buried memories May 11 2006
By Beverley Strong - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In this 17th chronicle of the detective monk, Brother Cadfael is asked to help to identify the body of a woman who was discovered when the monks of the Abbey of St.Peter and St.Paul began to till a field which had just been donated to them. The field was previously occupied by Ruald, a local potter who abandoned his wife of many years to become a monk, claiming that he had a divine calling from God, and the fact that he was leaving his wife neither free nor widowed, was immaterial. Local rumour has it that Ruald's wife, Generys, ran off with a lover and, as she was a very beautiful woman who certainly did not appreciate being dumped, even for God, this rumour was generally accepted. It's the year 1143 and the civil war between King Stephen and the Empress Maud is still raging, with the armies of both sides doing great damage to the countryside and the people. When an Abbey in the fens was seized by renegade soldiers under Geoffrey de Mandeville, the monks were forced to flee to safety and one of them, a young man who was still a novice, comes to Shrewsbury. Sulien Blount is the younger son of a local noble family and begs admission to the Abbey to continue his novitiate. Sulien has a ring belonging to Generys and claims that he obtained it recently from a silversmith near the besieged Abby, which proves that she is still alive and so the body which was found cannot be hers. When the Sheriff, Hugh Beringar is commanded by the king to take a troop of soldiers to the fens to flush out the marauders, he takes the opportunity to visit the silversmith to find out the truth about Generys ring. Between them, Cadfael and Hugh discover the truth behind the body which was buried in unconsecrated ground...an unbelievably shocking thing in those times.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely well written - a gentle & interesting story Feb. 8 2001
By FBH - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio Cassette
I found this (unabridged audio) book at the library - knew nothing about the series or the author. What a pleasant surprise! Very well written, a meticulously crafted story that gently unfolds in a way that engages you from the start without any bumps or discrepancies, using a language and style that seem to come from the very times that it describes. Written with an obvious affection for the characters portrayed. And Stephen Thorne's narration is equally masterful. My recent joy at discovering that there are at least 17 other books in the series had my daughters rolling their eyes like crazy in the bookstore. Can't wait to read more!
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