The Heretic's Apprentice

The Heretic s Apprentice In her sixteenth chronicle of the medieval monk detective Brother Cadfael Ellis Peters throws a variety of puzzles at her hero In the summer of Brother Cadfael is torn from his herbarium to inv

  • Title: The Heretic's Apprentice
  • Author: Ellis Peters
  • ISBN: 9780446400008
  • Page: 418
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • In her sixteenth chronicle of the medieval monk detective Brother Cadfael, Ellis Peters throws a variety of puzzles at her hero In the summer of 1143, Brother Cadfael is torn from his herbarium to investigate the deaths of two visitors.

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    About "Ellis Peters"

    1. Ellis Peters

      A pseudonym used by Edith Pargeter.Edith Mary Pargeter, OBE, BEM was a prolific author of works in many categories, especially history and historical fiction, and was also honoured for her translations of Czech classics she is probably best known for her murder mysteries, both historical and modern Born in the village of Horsehay Shropshire, England , she had Welsh ancestry, and many of her short stories and books both fictional and non fictional were set in Wales and its borderlands.During World War II, she worked in an administrative role in the Women s Royal Naval Service, and received the British Empire Medal BEM.Pargeter wrote under a number of pseudonyms it was under the name Ellis Peters that she wrote the highly popular series of Brother Cadfael medieval mysteries, many of which were made into films for television.

    802 thoughts on “The Heretic's Apprentice”

    1. One of the charms of the Brother Cadfael series is the feel for routine experiences, craft methods, etc.This book deals with a poisonous atmosphere of compulsory orthodoxy. It also gives a fairly good description of the art of making vellum.I should say that there's one aspect of the books that has always disturbed me: the apparent authorial complicity in the pervasive societal discrimination against the nocturnal. This isn't unique to this series, but it's the more disturbing in well-written bo [...]


    2. Just can't bring myself to leave 12th Century England. Reading these books is like reading poetrytually, better than most poetry. Ellis Peters had an exceptional talent for the use of the language, not an easy thing to do with English. This story was especially interesting to me, since it dealt with a young man being charged with heresy. There is so much history woven into these stories, and this one had quite a lot dealing with how the Church handled charges of heresy. Very interesting and a be [...]


    3. While Ellis Peters' Cadfael series avoids the church bashing indulged by the Mystery videos of the same name, she does recognize there were institutional and individual abuses. This is a good read.Cadfael series: excellent historical fiction. Ellis Peters draws the reader into the twelfth century with modern story telling but holds us there with a richness of detail which evokes a time and place which might as well be fictional. Though the foreground of each chronicle is a murder mystery, behind [...]


    4. It has taken me a whle to get into the Cadfael books but now that I have, I am hooked. I like the simple mystery elements of these stories and like having enough information to be able to deduce the crime for myself. I hate it when an author keeps clues to themselves so that the reader has no hope. I also like the attitudes to religion expressed through the mouths of the main characters.


    5. This was an excellent Cadfael. Perhaps my favorite in the series. Many great questions were brought up in this little mystery! What was heresy in 12th century England? What are some of the motivations for accusing someone of heresy and are they always strictly about the church or can they be more personal? Can a "former heretic" (even if he was one unwittingly for 2min, 7 years ago) be buried on Abbey lands? I was able to sit in on a few doctrinal discussions in the Abbey as some of these points [...]



    6. Elave enters the courtyard of the Abbey pushing a cart bearing a casket. He is granted permission to speak tnext day at Chapter and tells a tale of having been on pilgrimage with William of Lythwood (of Shrewsbury) for the last seven years. William died en route back to Shrewsbury and it was his wish to be buried at the Abbey. William had been a faithful member and contributor to the church prior to his pilgrimage and his request was granted after some discussion. The night of William's funeral, [...]


    7. Satisfying re-read of an old favourite. I was particularly taken, on this read, by the interesting subject matter of heresy. Of course, it all came out well but yet an overview of the possible positions that might be taken on the subject were examined and the peril that such an accusation placed a person in at that time made clear. Although Cadfael is very much HF comfort reading, it is clear the Ellis Peters (Edith Pargeter) actually was well-read on the subject (which is one I find most intere [...]


    8. Continuing my pilgrimage through Elllis Peters' saga of murder mystery romances, I reread the Heretic's Apprentice and enjoyed it completely. It's another satisfying installment in the series. This time a young man returns from the holy land with the body of the man that he accompanied on pilgrimage. Seven years have passed since the man and boy's departure and the boy is bearing a gift/dowry for the man's ward, an ornately carved box. And the boxes contents remain a mystery for a good part of t [...]


    9. Re-read of the sixteenth book in the series that is probably my all-time favorite mystery series featuring the medieval monk, Brother Cadfael at the abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul in Shrewsbury. This one I had figured out ahead of time, but whether that was because I have read this before--although I didn't remember the solution when I started the book--or just that I've gotten better over the years at sorting the mysteries out well in advance, I don't know. I still enjoyed it.


    10. 'A Mediaeval Whodunnit' is the subtitle on my edition and that sums it up very nicely. Its a good story, told with all the period detail and fine characterisation you expect from Ellis Peters.It's really a 3.5 for me. Good fun to read on holiday and for a light break in between more solid fare.


    11. I always enjoy spending awhile with Brother Cadfiel. In this case there is a small inquisition in the Abbey of Shrewsbery, handled adeptly and wisely by the abbott. As the theologen Paul Tillich said, "Doubt is not the opposite of Faith, it is an element of Faith."


    12. William of Lythwood returns from a pilgrimage in a coffin under the care of his apprentice Elave who seeks a burial site at the abbey for his master. Elave is accused of heresy for a statement that he made while in his cups. Brother Cadfael is forced to leave his herb garden to settle matters.


    13. I got overtones of "phoning it in" from this one, my least favorite of the Brother Cadfaels I've read so far.


    14. Heresy was a new topic in the Chronicles of Brother Cadfael. The heresies themselves were things that people have grappled with for a long time, and continue to do so. The reactions of different characters to the heresies were varied and interesting. Fortunately, there was a good resolution which would not, I think, usually have been the case. There was also a mystery which I had half figured out but I needed Brother Cadfael's and the author's help to get it all straight. Sad to see how basicall [...]


    15. This is number 16 in a never-disappointing series of Cadfael mysteries. Additionally, there is the feel for life and events in Shrewsbury in 1143. This chronicle includes the making of vellum used in the creation of precious manuscripts as well as issues whereby any questioning of the authority of the church could be (mis)construed as heresy. The only fault I can find is that there are very few chronicles left for me to read.


    16. I really like the Brother Cadfael and I especially liked this one - the story line is excellent - the idea of heresy and what was considered heresy and also the information about making vellum and the beautiful artwork that a book was at that time. Just a really good, fascinating, informative read.


    17. I really enjoyed this one because it involved medieval manuscripts, plus it was a good plot with good characters. I liked the nuanced characters and the treatment of theological questions, which at first seemed like it was going to be too simplistic and yet ended up being subtle and satisfying.


    18. HeresyAnother entertaining tale of Brother Cadfael. Heresy is at the center of this one and takes a wise counsel to ferret out the truth.




    19. Wonderful. Ellis Peters would definitely be one of my picks for the ideal dinner party. Cadfael too if I could invite fictional characters!



    20. 1st Recorded Reading: August 20, 2007.I found this particular book in the series of Brother Cadfael mysteries to be quite, well, mysterious; besides dealing with young love and the obligatory dead body (one almost starts wondering, at the beginning of each book, who it is that is wearing the Red Security Shirt made infamous in every given Star Trek episode, as it was always a guy in a Red Security Shirt who got killed in the first few minutes of each episode), the question of Heresy raises its h [...]


    21. Yet again, in distinct ways from previous novels, this novel manages to hit alarmingly close to me. The story of this novel revolves around a young man who loyally brings the coffin of his lord back from their long pilgrimage. There he gives a young foster child of his lord’s family a dowry that proves extremely important to the plot of the novel. Then he spends nearly the entire novel under the shadow of heresy charges because of beliefs that are not far from my own, in questioning the Trinit [...]


    22. This is the sixteenth mystery in the Cadfael series, so by now I am well-acquainted with the conventions and style of these books. Clearly, I find them enjoyable if I have continued this far into the 20-volume run. This one had some nice surprises, too.Here we have young Elave returning from a pilgrimage to the Holy Lands, accompanying the coffin containing his late master, William of Lythwood. Elave also bears a treasure meant to provide the dowry of Fortunata, a young orphan adopted into the L [...]


    23. Lots of religious rhetoric in this one, which is not surprising given the title. Our hero, Elave, is accused of being a heretic for his views on original sin, infant baptism, predestination, and divine grace, and for the general impertinence of using his wit to question his religious elders rather than to merely "listen and say Amen". Peters is a master of words. Even though Canon Gerbert's denunciations of Elave are uncomfortable it's still a joy to read the words strung together. I wish there [...]


    24. Brother Cadfael’s 16th outing, there seems to be a high fatality rate in 12th century Shrewsbury, is an engaging delight following the convention and form of the previous – a youthful romance, threatened lovers, a murder most foul and a morally corrupt reason, in this case covetousness. Peters’ formula works well, she has a fine grasp of medieval church convention but not one so alien that we cannot easily recognise it in the present, made all the more so by at times surprisingly modern th [...]


    25. Another wonderful volume in the ongoing Chronicles of Brother Cadfael series which in this volume deals tangentially with one those aspects of Church history - the allegation and prosecution of heresy - which is both a blight on the life of the Church and a necessary part of the life of the Church.The story, as always, involves the untimely death of residents of Shrewsbury (to which I make a mental note that I would never want to live there!) and the interaction between the monastic Brother Cadf [...]


    26. This is the only Cadfael mystery I've ever had to restart because I just couldn't get into it the first time. I suspect the reasoning for that was that it was around the time I was reading about the Inquisition and there's really only so much religious intolerance I can handle. I didn't even make it to the murder the first time!This time, I finished it and enjoyed every moment of it. Given the amount of so-called heresies abounding at the time (and, really, ever since such a thing was invented), [...]


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