A Rare Benedictine: The Advent of Brother Cadfael

Chronicles of Brother Cadfael #0.5

Ellis Peters

fiction historical mystery
mysterious medium-paced

130 pages | first published 1988

Peters has gained worldwide praise for her meticulous re-creations of 12th-century monastic life. Here, her chronicles continue with a Christmas story, a tale of robbery and attempted murder, and a narrative of Brother Cadfael's early years.

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