A Rare Benedictine: The Advent of Brother Cadfael by Ellis Peters

By Ellis Peters

Set within the yr of Our Lord 1120, 3 stories of intrigue and treachery, that includes the chain of occasions that led one-time crusader Cadfael into the Benedictine Order.

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Our crops are buried. Nothing grows, and pale, slow clouds rise at our every step. Ash streaked in copper hair, the children's faces white with it, its bitterness in all our food. Our animals go blind, their eyes like blood, the sighted centre part become a dull grey caul, as with a skin of fat upon raw meat. We leave our homes, our settlements, a great crowd near as many as when people gather in to raise the stones. Beyond the 59 woods, they say, there lies an old straight track to guide us, now there are no stars.

They is all make good noise, and loud that I may hear at all, they is that far. High and a-ways is mouth-wind come in pipe of bone, and is there noise of hitting-skins, and is they make of queer say, as like girl is make to I. Wind go, now come, that I may hear not all they's say, yet one say is I hear. Make a fire and make it hot, and bone is he, and bone is he Path is long, yet is we not, and by of valley go we . . There is more to this, yet is they setting-people go far down of river, in way of they many huts that I may not more hear they say, nor of they hitting-skins, nor of they bone-hole pipes.

In of it's mouth is set a man with fire come out he hair and all with hurt. See I now women hold to log, with fire all bout they foot. Look we, one at an other, from we fires. There is not hurt now. Only is there smoke. In hind of smoke see I now dogs with eyes like tree-stumps big. Lift I now hand, for hit they off from I, and hand is all with fire. Skin is rise up in little rounds and is make cat-noise, neath of he all black. Through smoke is I see Hob. B o y is set by of he, fire bright on stumps of he dark hair.

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