(From the publisher):
And in this year of our Lord, 1145, now drawing to its close, chaotic events had seemed to be offering promise, however faint as yet, that even the two cousins battling wearily for the throne must despair of force and look around for another way of settling disputes.
So a council is planned for a meeting between the Empress Maud and King Stephen, and their warring factions. It is to be held at Coventry on the last day of November.
Brother Cadfael of the Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul at Shrewsbury asks leave to attend this conference - not for political interest but for personal reasons. For it is hoped that some agreement may be reached there for a general release of prisoners, even if little else can be achieved. In particular, Cadfael seeks news of Olivier de Bretagne, for nothing has been heard of the young knight since his capture at the fall of the castle of Faringdon. Cadfael feels bound to put aside his duty to his monastic vows for that of fatherhood; Olivier is his son, and Cadfael must do all within his power to find and deliver him.
When Cadfael arrives at Coventry he learns nothing of the whereabouts of Olivier, but discovers that the prospect of peace is by no means universally welcome. There are powerful interests ready and willing to wreck it, whatever the consequences to the innocent. And in the heated debate passions can all toot easily spill over into violence, and murder.
The most thrilling and humane of Ellis Peter's novels, BROTHER CADFAEL'S PENANCE combines ecitement, intrigue and a meticulously depicted medieval background with powerful storytelling.
Original title: Brother Cadfael's Penance
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ European→ Medieval
Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives→ Historical
This work is a subwork of the following works :
Seventh Cadfael Omnibus, the (1997) [Omnibus Volume]
Author: Ellis Peters