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ISBN: 0708917313
Author: Ellis Peters
Language: English
Publisher: Ulverscroft; Large Print edition (December 1, 1987)
Pages: 368
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Unfathomable
Rating: 4.9
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The Raven in the Foregate is a medieval mystery novel by Ellis Peters, fourth of the novels set in 1141, a year of great political tumult in the Anarchy. It is 12th of The Cadfael Chronicles, and first published in 1986 (1986 in literature)

The Raven in the Foregate is a medieval mystery novel by Ellis Peters, fourth of the novels set in 1141, a year of great political tumult in the Anarchy. It is 12th of The Cadfael Chronicles, and first published in 1986 (1986 in literature). It was adapted for television in 1997 by Carlton Media for ITV. The harsh, unforgiving Father Ailnoth is brought as pastor for Holy Cross church in the foregate. When he disappears just two weeks later, Cadfael and Hugh Beringar solve the mystery.

The Twelfth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael. They had buried old Father Adam, seventeen years vicar of the parish of Holy Cross in the Foregate of Shrewsbury, only one week before Abbot Radulfus was summoned to the legatine council at Westminster

The Twelfth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael. v2 HTML – January 18, 2003. Fawcett crest, new york. They had buried old Father Adam, seventeen years vicar of the parish of Holy Cross in the Foregate of Shrewsbury, only one week before Abbot Radulfus was summoned to the legatine council at Westminster. The advowson of the living was vested in the abbey, and the great church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul was equally the parish church of Holy Cross, the nave open to the people living here outside the town gates, in this growing suburb which almost considered itself a borough like the borough within the walls. Father Adam has been for many years a much valued associate with us here in the worship of God and the cure of souls, and his replacement is a matter for both thought and prayer. Until my return, Father Prior will direct the parish services as he thinks fit, and all of you will be at his bidding. He swept one long, dark glance round the chapter house, accepted the general silence as understanding and consent, and rose. This chapter is concluded.

Ellis Peters wrote a number of fine, well thought out mysteries set in the 1100's in Shrewsbury England. Like most of the books in this series, "A Raven In The Foregate" is only an average mystery. Each one is a stand alone book that develops the characters further until its like meeting old friends. They are accurate to the history of the area, and have forced me to delve into English history so I can better understand the whole background. What makes this and the other Cadfael tales enjoyable is the pleasant world Peters creates and the idyllic, unhurried way in which she tells the tale.

The servant who opened the door to her looked her up and down and hesitated, never having seen her before. What’s your business with him, mistress? Who sends you?. What’s your business with him, mistress? Who sends you? ter, said Diota submissively, and held out a small rolled leaf fastened with a seal. And to wait for an answer, if my lord will be so good. He was in two minds about taking it from her hand

Ellis Peters draws the reader into the twelfth century with modern story . This is the 3rd book of the "Brother Cadfael" series I've read and I really wish I can find the rest as well.

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 mythic. Though the foreground of each chronicle is a murder mystery, behind it a nation and a culture are woven in a wondrous tapestry. Raven in the Foregate begins with a huge upheaval in the political fortunes of England. And the Bishop will grit his teeth and steer his clerics in the eyes, and swallow his goal with a brazen face.

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Comments:

Stoneshaper
I've always enjoyed the Cadfael mysteries. Right now, I'm working my way back through all of them. They can be read in order (which is best, I suppose, because many of the characters have multi-book arcs and come and go -- but you can easily pick up any loose threads because Ellis Peters is skillful at her craft), but I've been reading out of order as the books go on sale.

I've never believed in discussing plot in a review, and I won't start now. The cast involves a hate-filled priest, the usual monks and brothers, a pair of lovers (also a common thread in the Cadfael novels), and Cadfael himself -- looking into the past, into the present, and into the depths of human character.

If you're looking for shock, sex, thrills, you won't find them here. If you're looking for a complex mystery with complicated characters with tangled motivations, you will find all of those things in this (and any other Cadfael) book.
Runemane
4 1/2 stars.. I liked the last one,Dead Man's Ransom, just a bit more..Why? Perhaps the Welsh aspects and a bit more of the War between King Stephen and Empress Matilda- a favorite period to explore.

This one was very good though and made me think about exactly a Foregate was and what people who lived near an Abbey experienced.

"It is Christmas, A.D. 1141, Abbot Radulfus returns from London, bringing with him a priest for the vacant living of Holy Cross, also known as the Foregate."

Cadfael is always perfect and Hugh does well also. The young couple had their ups and downs for me, transient characters do that.

A fine read! I am going on to the next one now.
Kison
This is one of the Brother Cadfael mysteries by Ellis Peters (the pen name of Edith Pargeter). As is usual for these mysteries, she takes her time building characters and tension. They are all a pleasure to read. If want to get straight into the action on page one, these are not for you. If you want a book that will take you steadily to the edge of your seat and keep you guessing until the end, give this one a try. The historic setting is well researched (the author was a scholar and it shows) and a delight to enter. Brother Cadfael is one of my all time favorite sleuths ( his only competition is Sherlock Holmes). For a well written, delightful, suspenseful mystery that you won't have figured out half way through, give this a try. I doubt you'll be sorry.
Risa
I love the Cadfael series. It is like visiting an old friend in a quaint village. I am on read number three of the series. It has been several years since the last read but I fell into the stories, the language, the writing and the mystery with fondness and knowing that the story would be well written, full of possibilities and come to a successful conclusion. The author brings life to the characters, empathy and understanding. I enjoy all of the books in the series. I hope you will too.
Cobandis
Let me say that I am a fan of Ellis Peters (aka Edith Pergarter) and the Brother Cadfael Chronicles.

This is the 12th book in the Brother Cadfael series. The "Raven" is a priest, Father Ailnoth, newly brought to the Foregate from Bishop of Winchester, Henry of Blois' household, a man utterly "without humility or charity". After alienating many of the parishioners of the Foregate, the priest is found drowned on Christmas morning.

There is the usual backdrop of the civil war between King Stephen and Empress Maud, with a love affair blossoming with a little cultivation from Cadfael, and the friendship between Hugh Barringar and Cadfael.

The resolution of the mystery is a surprising twist, while being completely believable. Well worth the read, and/or listen (on Audible.com).
Berenn
Ellis Peters does and excellent job of keeping the reader guessing as to is the guilty party in all of his twenty Cadfael stories. He is a good writer and knows eleventh century culture and history of life on the Welsh -England border. I highly recommend all of his Chronicles of Brother Cadfael books. The books are also of reasonable cost.
Nettale
Ms. Peters continues to provide enlightening entry into medieval culture, including the Benedictine order. Cadfael is an interesting and engaging character and each story is absorbing and suspenseful. Even knowing that seemingly impossible situations will always work out for the best does not spoil the suspense!
Ellis Peters wrote a number of fine, well thought out mysteries set in the 1100's in Shrewsbury England. Each one is a stand alone book that develops the characters further until its like meeting old friends. They are accurate to the history of the area, and have forced me to delve into English history so I can better understand the whole background. This particular one has an interesting plot twist and the murderer in not who you expected. Since there was no such thing as CSI labs and all the modern ability to collect fingerprints, photos and evidence to pinpoint the criminal, the monk, Brother Cadfael, has to use only his understanding of people and the small area where he lives to solve the problem.

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