eBook Rose Rent epub

by Ellis Peters

eBook Rose Rent epub
  • ISBN: 0449214958
  • Author: Ellis Peters
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Subcategory: British & Irish
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Fawcett (June 12, 1988)
  • ePUB size: 1494 kb
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A late spring in 1142 brings dismay to the Abbey of Saint Peter and. Ellis Peters may look sweet and prim in the photos, but she has such grace for her characters – there are few sins which she is unwilling to forgive and even the most culpable characters are generally explained as having been weak or foolish or having got themselves into situations which overwhelmed them.

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There could, after all, be legitimate reasons for her absence, something unforeseen that had met and deflected her on her way. But minute by minute it began to look less likely. Branwen had told her tearful story, and there was no question but Judith had indeed set out from home to visit the abbey

More by Ellis Peters. I am a huge fan of the Cadfael books! Always interesting and clever.

More by Ellis Peters. The Will and the Deed.

In honor of her husband, young, beautiful, and wealthy widow Judith Perle donates a house to the Abbey at Shrewsbury-for the annual rent of one white rose. When her husband dies, Judith Perle bestows a house to the Abbey of Shrewsbury. The only rent: a single white rose to be delivered annually on the translation of St. Winifred. But someone, it seems, will stop at nothing to prevent payment of the rose. And in the summer of 1142, the rose is hacked down, and lying beside it, equally hacked, is a murdered man.

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The Rose Rent - Ellis Peters. Not a whit! For I came, among other errands, to bid you to supper with us tonight, before we leave early in the morning. Abbot Radulfus has given his leave and blessing. The Thirteenth Chronicle Of Brother Cadfael, Of The Benedictine Abbey Of Saint Peter And Saint Paul, At Shrewsbury. Go, pray for fair weather and a smooth ride for us, said Hugh heartily, and gave his friend a vigorous shove towards the corner of the cloister and the south door of the church.

Brother Cadfael investigates the disappearance of Judith Perle, owner of the Shrewsberry cottage his abbey rents for one rose per annum
Comments: (7)
All of the Cadfael mysteries are wonderful. For those unfamiliar with the 12th-century historical background, some of the necessary setting in time may seem dull, even though the author handles it concisely. It is often extremely pertinent to the solution of the crime (or crimes) however. The violence is told, not seen. Like Greek tragedies it occurs "off stage." The point of view is mostly Cadfael's, but the author has no qualms about switching to another narrator for situations where Cadfael cannot be present. I have found all 21 books in the series highly addictive, and I am nearly through with re-reading all of them.
This 12th century mystery series by Ellis Peters take place in a fog of civil war, where the English and Welsh were raiding each other’s borders and supporting one or another claimant to the English throne: Empress Maud or King Stephen. In spite of the ongoing violence, the author suffuses her novels with a deep sense of peace and contentment in the monastic life. A monk from the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul at Shrewsbury, Brother Cadfael, the ex-Crusader-turned herbalist is her solver of murders and mysteries of the heart. Ellis weaves a rich tapestry of his daily life on the war-torn Welsh border.

This thirteenth novel in a series of 21 mysteries, "The Rose Rent," begins in June 1142 and centers around a wealthy widow's bequest to the Abbey. After Judith Perle lost her husband and unborn child, she moved out of their home in the Foregate and gave it to the Abbey for an unusual rent: one white rose from her old garden to be delivered to her once a year---one white rose for all the happy memories of her life with her now-deceased husband.

Unfortunately, the monk, Brother Eluric who is supposed to deliver the rose has fallen in love with the beautiful young widow, so Abbot Radulfus releases him from his duty and asks the bronzesmith, Niall who is now renting Judith's property to make the delivery.

Niall goes out of town to visit his sister, but returns in time to deliver the rose rent. Unfortunately someone has stolen into his yard in his absence, and hewed the rose bush down. Under the fallen bush lies the lovelorn Brother Eluric, dead with a knife by his side. The bronzesmith brings the bad news to Abbot Radulfus:

"My lord, Mistress Perle’s rosebush has been hacked and broken, and one of your brothers lies dead there under it.”

Brother Cadfael must now determine whether Eluric's death was a murder or suicide, but he has hardly begun his investigation when the widow who was owed the rose rent disappears.

This medieval whodunit is more thriller than mystery with the villain leaving a trail of false clues to fool his dogged monkish pursuer. There is also a sweet but thorny romance which the formidable Sister Magdalen helps bring to blossom.

Incidentally, this author did not invent the idea of a rose rent. There are historical examples of English families who paid a yearly rent of one red or white rose for their property.
The exposition was swift yet contained all one needed to know in order to embrace the action and understand the characters' roles... especially if one is already familiar with Cadfael mysteries. This is a "must be included" in anyone's Cadfeal collection.
I enjoyed this gentle mystery with its medieval setting and its emphasis on human nature rather than technology to solve the crime. It's another time and place, but people's motivations don't change much - love and money. Ellis Peters makes the characters believable because they don't act or speak like contemporary people. And yet they're living in parts of England you can still visit today. A nice escape from today, for a while.
THE ROSE RENT is the thirteenth book in the Brother Cadfael series. As such, it is much like the others in a general way. That is, the mystery isn't difficult to see through, so you'll probably have figured out "whodunit" before the solution is entirely revealed, and twelfth century living conditions are probably a bit idealized. On the other hand, the historical events are "right on", the prose is elegant, and the characterization is outstanding. Indeed, for those who have read most, or all, of the preceeding books in the series, Brother Cadfael and the other Shrewsbury regulars are like old friends.
The Brother Cadfael mysteries aren't (in my opinion, at least) the most intricate or baffling of mysteries, but they work so well on other levels that they're a pleasure to read just the same. An editorial quote on the back cover of THE ROSE RENT mentions the "lively characterization" and "graceful, literate prose". I think that sums these books up pretty well. I have read them all up through this one and I plan on reading the rest, so it's safe to conclude I'm enjoying them. I recommend this one along with all the others. I also recommend reading them more or less in order from the beginning, as later books sometimes refer to earlier ones and personal histories build from book to book.
A wealthy widow is due the "rent" of a single white rose each year for the house she has presented to the abbey - but there are people who do not want the rent paid! Death stalks the medieval town, and Brother Cadfael uses his knowledge of men and the world in a desperate attempt to save the widow and solve the crimes. The evocation of the medieval world is, as always in this series, apparently effortless, and fully convincing.
All of the Cadfael book are entertaining. Some more so than others, but all fun to read and sometimes challenging to figure out who dun it. But the best part is the most historically correct descriptions of places, practices and beliefs of the time of the stories.
The brother Cadfael books have never left me disappointed. Ellis Peters (a pen name) writes the stories as if she had known the Good Brother himself. Also, she brings the lives of the ordinary person living through the vagaries of "The Chaos."
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