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ISBN: 0333329147
Author: Ellis Peters
Language: English
Publisher: Macmillan; First Edition edition (June 25, 1987)
Pages: 224
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Unfathomable
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 248
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The Virgin in the Ice is a medieval mystery novel by Ellis Peters, set in late 1139. It is the sixth novel in The Cadfael Chronicles, first published in 1982 (1982 in literature).

The Virgin in the Ice is a medieval mystery novel by Ellis Peters, set in late 1139. It was adapted for radio by BBC Radio 4 in 1993 and for television in 1995 by Central for ITV. The novel is set in real places in England during the Anarchy, the period of civil war between King Stephen and Empress Maud.

Ellis gives us another surprise at the end of the book. It is always a pleasure to read Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael books. She does a great job of weaving in the weather and storms.

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If you've seen Derek Jacobi as Cadfael you will enjoy any of these books, but I would not recommend a new reader start with this one. It is by far the most complex in my patchwork collection of Peters' works.

Cadfael series: excellent historical fiction

Shelves: historical-fiction. This is a mystery/historical fiction of the Cadfael Chronicles. 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 it a nation and a culture are woven in a wondrous tapestry.

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The Cadfael Chronicles. If this is a first-time read then it will be sheer bad luck if the reader does not fall for Cadfael.

The Sixth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael, of the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, at Shrewsbury. Chapter One. IT WAS EARLY IN NOVEMBER of 1139 that the tide of civil war, lately so sluggish and inactive, rose suddenly to sweep over the city of Worcester, wash away half its livestock, property and women, and send all those of its inhabitants who could get away in time scurrying for their lives northwards away from the marauders, to burrow into hiding wherever there.

It is winter 1139 and the tranquil life in the monastery gardens in Shrewsbury is again interrupted by violence. Raging civil war has sent refugees fleeing north from Worcester. Among them are two orphans from a noble family, a boy of thirteen and an eighteen year old girl of great beauty, with their companion, a young Benedictine nun. But the trio have disappeared somewhere in the wild countryside. Cadfael fears for these three lost lambs, but his skills are needed to tend to a wounded monk, found naked and bleeding at the roadside.

Virgin in the Ice. ( Brother Cadfael - 6 ). Ellis Peters. The virgin in the ice. by. was manor or priory, walled town or castle strong enough to afford them shelter.

Physical description; 220 p. : ill. ; 21 cm. Notes; NOT price-clipped. First UK edition and first printing. Small pen mark on title page. Subjects; Cadfael, Brother (Fictitious character). Herbalists - Fiction. Catholics - Fiction. Monks - Fiction. Cadfael, Brother (Fictitious character) - Fiction. Great Britain - History - Stephen, (1135-1154) - Fiction. Shrewsbury (England) - Fiction. Fiction in English - (1900-1945) - Texts. Genres; Detective and mystery stories. Fiction. Historical fiction. Illustrated.

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Welen
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 sixth novel in a series of 21 mysteries, "The Virgin in the Ice," begins in November of 1139 with the sacking of Worcester. Some of the fugitives reach Shrewsbury while the roads are still clear of snow. Then a visitor, Sub-Prior Herward of Worcester comes to the Shrewsbury abbey with news:

“I am sent to make enquiry after two noble children who were in Benedictine care in our town, and fled from it when the attack fell upon us. They have not returned, and we have traced their steps as far as the borders of this county and there lost them."

No one has seen the missing brother and sister, and as the first snowstorm of the winter begins, Brother Cadfael is sent to another abbey to treat a monk who has been attacked by robbers and left for dead. The delirious Brother, Elyas, mutters about a party of refugees that included two children, and Cadfael sets out in the snow to look for them.

What he finds is the missing boy and the body of a young woman who may be his sister, frozen into the ice of a forest stream.

"The Virgin in the Ice" is a grim tale of anarchy and the lawless men who try to profit from their neighbors' distress. Just when it looks like the good guys don't stand a chance, the mysterious Olivier de Bretagne appears on the scene. He is also tracking the missing children, and his arrival triggers one firework after another until the book's rousing climax and Brother Cadfael's ultimate revelation. I can't think of another book in this amazing series that packs so much derring-do and so many deeds of valor.

I am sure that if you've read this far into the Brother Cadfael mysteries, you will want to continue to the end. It will be a very satisfying and worthwhile journey.
Chillhunter
The Brother Cadfael mysteries are well-wrought and very much give a sense of "being there". The worldly monk has been around: he is an ex-crusader who has fought his way throughout the Holy Land and therefore crossed Europe at least twice, and also has loved and lost,before turning to the contemplative life. The characters are all well-drawn and while I cannot speak for the historical accuracy, others more knowledgeable seem to have certified the books' provenance. They are set very firmly in the history of England and provide a bit of education as to the politics and factions of the mid-12th century civil war, which more-or-less rages around the stories and affects them. I uniformly recommend the entire series, or at least the dozen or so I have read. My only quibble is that Cadfael seems a very modern thinker, but then perhaps I am giving too much credence to the notion that medieval people were ignorant and superstitious, rather than being just as rational and sensible as we are, which was probably the case.
Coiril
I liked this story because Ellis made nature a character. The story takes place in November 1139. Several nights it snows and obscures the tracks of the human characters as they move about. Toward the end of the story, the weather cooperates and helps Brother Cadfael solve this mystery.

Yves and Ermina Hugonin travel with Brother Elyas and Sister Hilaria are fleeing Worchester. Ermina takes off with her suitor. Yves goes after her, but gets lost. Brother Elyas is attacked and left for dead. Poor Sister Hilaria is killed by what appears to be a drowning. Brother Cadfael and Hugh Berringar arrive to help solve this mystery. Eventually, everyone is reunited and Hilaria's murderer is identified. Ellis gives us another surprise at the end of the book.

She does a great job of weaving in the weather and storms. It's not always bright and sunny, and the cold weather gives you a feel ominous going ons. Hope you enjoy this book.
Undeyn
This volume of the Cadfael books is mystery and historical fiction set against the background of the civil war between Empress Maud and King Stepen. The division of the country caused by this war, appropriately known as the Anarchy, directly complicates things for Brother Cadfael and deputy sheriff Hugh Beringar. I do not like spoilers so no answers here, just some of the questions to be answered in the story - whose body is in the ice, where are the children, who is the stranger, who is committing the raids and murders, why does Cadfael feel a connection to the stranger, who attacked Brother Oswin and left him for dead? These and other questions puzzle Cadfael, Hugh, the reader and others.

It is always a pleasure to read Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael books. One of my little pleasures in life is the knowledge that I have deliberately not yet read them all.
Opilar
This was surely the best Brother Cadfael for several reasons, the most important is that after skipping around in the series I did not know how his son was revealed to him. If you do not know what that means, you need to start reading this series!

The winter of 1139 was a bad one for the area when Worchester was sacked during the Civil War between Matilda and Stephen. Adding to that was a very severe beginning to the winter with daily snows and bitter frosts which sent Worchester's inhabitants fleeing north to Shrewsbury. Missing at that time were orphan siblings from a noble family and their companion.

Adding to all these misfortunes were outlaws who abounded and preyed upon innocent people including those Hugh the Sheriff and Cadfael were seeking. A truly complicated and amazing mystery. I loved it! the only bad part is there are now only 4 books left in the series for me..
I shall have to start rereading them

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