Ellis Peters' Shropshire

Roy Morgan, Ellis Peters

nonfiction history mystery travel
informative mysterious slow-paced

167 pages | first published 1992

Shropshire is Ellis Peters' county -- the beautiful border country that is the real world of her medieval mysteries. In this evocative book, the author takes us into the heart of the county which has been so much a part of her and her writing. Here she vividly describes the Roman Road on the flank of the Long Mountain with its grand stormy view of the river below that she walked so often while writing The Heaven Tree and its sequels. She tells of her connections with the town of Shrewsbury, the setting of the Benedictine Abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul featured in the Brother Cadfael novels. She traces the history of the country through its border castles, Georgian country houses and old Elizabethan town houses, old monasteries and the modern office blocks of a newly-created town and in doing so recounts her personal connection with the county of her birth, from her childhood spent near Coalbrookdale to her later years in Madeley, Telford.

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