The Pilgrim of Hate

The fourth anniversary of the transfer of Saint Winifred s bones to the Abbey at Shrewsbury is a time of celebration for the 12th century pilgrims gathering from far and wide In distant Winchester, however, a knight has been murdered Could it be because he was a supporter of the Empress Maud, one of numerous pretenders to the throne It s up to herbalist, sleuth, and BenThe fourth anniversary of the transfer of Saint Winifred s bones to the Abbey at Shrewsbury is a time of celebration for the 12th century pilgrims gathering from far and wide In distant Winchester, however, a knight has been murdered Could it be because he was a supporter of the Empress Maud, one of numerous pretenders to the throne It s up to herbalist, sleuth, and Benedictine monk Brother Cadfael to track down the killer in the pious throng.
The Pilgrim of Hate The fourth anniversary of the transfer of Saint Winifred s bones to the Abbey at Shrewsbury is a time of celebration for the th century pilgrims gathering from far and wide In distant Winchester ho

  • Title: The Pilgrim of Hate
  • Author: Ellis Peters
  • ISBN: 9780449212233
  • Page: 192
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Pilgrim of Hate”

    1. This is Ellis Peters. It's Cadfael.What else is there to say?If you haven't discovered this series give it a go

    2. If you've had the misfortune of seeing Mystery's video, you must cleanse your mind of it. This is an entirely different--better--story. (I noticed an unfortunate trend toward conflict and negativity as that series progressed which ran contrary to the current of Peter's series.)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 [...]

    3. This novel is the tenth installment in the Cadfael series and like many of the others was adapted for television. While the story here revolves around a Holy Day in Shrewsbury in honor of their Saint Winifred, the book pulls together threads from several of it's precursors. Hugh Berringer is finally let in on the secret of St Winifred as we learned it in A Morbid Taste for Bones and he meets, Olivier de Bretaigne, the mysterious dark woodsman who wore a sword in The Virgin in the IceWhile I foun [...]

    4. This is one of the more poetic and mystical of the Cadfael stories. It twists and turns and reveals the answers with patience and skill. However, not all answers are possible. A lovely book.

    5. Brother Cadfael, happily pursuing his later years in the Abbey at Shrewsbury. In the wider world of England The Empress Maud is pressuring the city of London to let her in and crown her but the great excitement in Shrewsbury the the festival and pilgrims surrounding the anniversary of the translation of Saint Winifred, she who's bones came to rest there during a previous adventure of Brother Cadfael.This is part of an ongoing series of Brother Cadfael and though they are marketed as 'mediaeval w [...]

    6. The Pilgrim Of Hate is the 10th book in the Cadfael historical / mystery series by Ellis Peters. If you've not ever tried one, it was also a very successful, popular TV series starring Derek Jacoby. (Excellent books and TV series)Cadfael is a Benedictine monk, ex soldier in the Crusades who came back to find a new life in the Abbey in Shrewsbury during the wars of succession between Empress Maud and King Stephen. Cadfael is responsible for growing and making medicines for the monks and for peopl [...]

    7. It wasn’t quite what I was expecting. There was more mysticism than mystery too this one. What little bit of mystery there was, wasn’t hard to figure out. Actually, there were too many convenient coincidences to make a good mystery.St. Winifred is the most prominent character in this book. It was really very sad to see the veneration and worship wasted on a long dead human, instead of being directed toward God. I know it’s a fiction book, but people did live and die trusting their eternity [...]

    8. Another wonderful Brother Cadfael story! This one is less about the mystery itself, and more about the people it distantly touches on. By the end of the book, I was glad to learn the solution to the mystery, but was much more interested in what happened to the people. This would be a great mystery novel for folks who aren't normally fans of mysteries.

    9. I found this Brother Cadfael in an old box and couldn’t remember rereading it. Growing up in the 80s, this was one of my favorite series. Cadfael holds a special place in my heart. It’s amazing though how styles have changed over the decades. This was less than 160 pages and the word perspicacity appears in the blurb (I doubt we’d see much of that these days). But to be honest I’m hoping this was merely a less than stellar volume because I wouldn’t mind rereading the series (and I’m [...]

    10. "It was not one man's death, it was a bitter symbol of the abandonment of law and the rejection of hop and reconcilliation."In the tenth book of the Brother Cadfael series, Ellis Peters brings together many of the themes which have been slowly escalating through the earlier novels for a mid-point climax. The English civil war has taken a decisive turn, placing the cunning vindictive Empress Maud within a few months of coronation at King Stephen's expense. "A better general, that she is." And the [...]

    11. I didn't enjoy this book as much as some others from the Brother Cadfael series. I thought there were several confusing subplots (e.g. the gamesters) that did come together eventually but not before some serious head-scratching about their purpose in the story. I also found St. Winifred's 'two deaths' story confusing as told by Ellis Peters and had to look the saint up in to understand what was going on. If there is such a thing as 'too much of a happy ending' then this book has it. Not only is [...]

    12. 1st Recorded Reading: November 2003There is much to be said for having a paperback that is part of a continuing series of books on the floor next to the nightstand; reading a chapter or two each night helps me to compose my mind to sleep. And this particular book in the series is another one of the very good ones; even having read the book, I couldn’t remember whodunit, and very much enjoyed how everything played out, both in the world of English politics of the mid-12th century and in the wor [...]

    13. It's the festival of St. Winifred, and as pilgrims come from all over to pray to the Saint for healing, Cadfael mulls whether the little fact that the bones in the lead-lined coffin people will be visiting aren't actually Winifred's could be a problem. Meanwhile, among the people who troop in is a family, including a young man whose leg is painfully crippled, and a young woman who is enamored of another pilgrim, this one a man who has a mysterious attachment to a doomed man. And then there are t [...]

    14. Immergersi nel Medioevo della Peter è sempre piacevole, sullo sfondo la storia d'Inghilterra scorre offrendo spunti per nuove storie e personaggi, in primo piano fratello Cadfael, Monaco erborista dalla mente acuta.Siamo ancora in pieno conflitto per il trono tra l'Imperatrice Maud in ascesa e pronta per essere incoronata a Londra e Re Stefano, al momento prigioniero. A Shrewsbury arrivano gli echi di questa svolta, ma tutti sono in fermento per l'arrivo dei pellegrini in occasione della trasla [...]

    15. In working through an epic Cadfael re-read -- the first time I've read the series completely in order -- I discovered that *GASP!* I HAD NEVER READ THIS INSTALLMENT BEFORE.And not only that: OLIVIER DE BRETAGNE MAKES ANOTHER APPEARANCE AND MEETS HUGH BERINGAR.Reader, lemme tell you -- I was shrieking with joy. And the rest of the story didn't disappoint, either, with an unusual twist on the revenge/penance theme and some interesting philosophizing on the nature of chivalrous codes and vows of ju [...]

    16. I'm with the readers who liked this book a lot. Yes, it is slow and the murder occurs off stage. Nevertheless, Ellis Peters tells a good story. The characters are interesting and well-rounded, the Medieval world makes sense and we understand the motivation and psychology of individuals. I savour and enjoy the prose, marvelling at the ease with which the author creates a believable and empathetic world. I am a big fan of murder mysteries, but I'd read Cadfael for my interest in medieval history a [...]

    17. Grand as always. While I don't agree with all the theology, I find the themes of miracles, grace, and justice heartwarming. My first introduction to Cadfael, and my favorite, though to give fair warning, this mystery has spoilers about his past.

    18. One of the best of the Brother Cadfael stories. It's important to have read The Virgin in the Ice before reading this one.

    19. These are such easy mysteries to read and enjoy, lots of medieval atmosphere, interesting characters and character studies.

    20. Fascinating that this series is still widely read today. I probably lost something in reading this one out of the context of the other volumes in the series (which I read twenty years ago). Without the backstory, I found this fairly hard to follow. And after finishing the book, I am still puzzled by the title.The start is very slow, but things pick up a bit in the third chapter. Still, mush of what happens is predictable, and I found the characterizations thin. I also balk at almost every charac [...]

    21. Brother Cadfael is such a delightfully human protagonist. Despite his monastic vows of seclusion and piety, he can't keep himself from helping his fellow man. It's what makes him such a lovely key character (beyond the fun of being a 12th century detective of course). This book particularly highlights how Cadfael retains the most powerful two human traits: curiosity and hope. He believes in a righteous world where people use common sense and godly love for their fellow man to do what is right. I [...]

    22. Might have enjoyed this more if I’d read it more dedicatedly - kept getting distracted by life.I’ve read a few Cadfael novels, and watched all of the TV versions with Derek Jacobi. It’s really up my street, but having read things like The Name of the Rose and CJ Sansom’s Dissolution, there’s something missing in this one to my taste. I’d love more intriguing and more of the monastic life - scary libraries, scary monks, a fire, something slightly occult etc. This was perhaps a bit gen [...]

    23. The festival of Saint Winifred is about to take place and the abby is filling with worshippers. Two young men, one vowing to walk barefoot, the other to follow. A young man, crippled leg and innocent heart. A warrior, known and loved by Cadfael. How will the holy lady look upon her followers? Will miracles occur among them or only mystery?

    24. This may be my favorite Cadfael book so far. I love the deepening friendship between Cadfael and Hugh Beringar. I love the recurring characters especially, but the new characters are also compelling. The story itself is so satisfying. I love the historical backdrop that turns out to be a critical part of the story. The more I read these, the more I love them.

    25. I'm glad I saved this one for last this week. I was expecting this to be boring and dreary, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved the characters. The story is also very fun, though you'll spoil the twist of a few previous installments, particularly 'A Morbid Taste for Bones'.All in all, very fun.

    26. This one wasn't much of a mystery; I wasn't sure what the crime was until it had almost been solved. There was also a lot of recalling past books. Still, it was a nice read, with lots of history thrown in it.

    27. This was a bit slow to start (even though these books are pretty easy, short reads). However, once it got going, the plot had a few layers, there's a nice surprise twist at the very end, and there is a psychological component here that we haven't seen in the earlier books. Worth checking out.

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