History Literature / BrotherCadfael

2nd Feb '17 1:37:03 AM Vandegraff1
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* BenevolentBoss: Cadfael's monastery has two abbots over the course of the series, and while Abbott Heribert is far more of a pushover than his more astute successor Abbott Radulfus, both are highly benevolent.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: ''Many'' of the series' murderers, but especially [[spoiler: Brother Columbanus]] of ''A Morbid Taste for Bones'', [[spoiler: Simon]] of ''The Leper of Saint Giles'', and [[spoiler: Evrard]] of ''The Virgin In The Ice'' for sheer cold-blooded audacity and viciousness. [[spoiler: Janyn Linde]] of ''The Devil's Novice'' is portrayed as an actual sociopath, murdering his childhood friend and only ally just to take his horse when things go sour; [[spoiler: he's also a KarmaHoudini, although the ending hints that Hugh Beringar is going to the battle at Lincoln to arrange for some LaserGuidedKarma for Linde.]]

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* BenevolentBoss: Cadfael's monastery has two abbots over the course of the series, and while Abbott Abbot Heribert is far more of a pushover than his more astute successor Abbott Abbot Radulfus, both are highly benevolent.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: ''Many'' of the series' murderers, but especially [[spoiler: Brother Columbanus]] of ''A Morbid Taste for Bones'', [[spoiler: Simon]] of ''The Leper of Saint Giles'', and [[spoiler: Evrard]] of ''The Virgin In The Ice'' for sheer cold-blooded audacity and viciousness. [[spoiler: Janyn Linde]] of ''The Devil's Novice'' is portrayed as an actual sociopath, murdering attempting to murder his childhood friend and only ally just to take his horse when things go sour; [[spoiler: he's also a KarmaHoudini, although the ending hints that Hugh Beringar is going to the battle at Lincoln to arrange for some LaserGuidedKarma for Linde.]]
28th Dec '16 10:33:04 PM PaulA
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* DivineIntervention: The series includes several apparently genuine miracles, with the most blatant being the curing of Rhun's disability in ''The Pilgrim of Hate''.



* ThrowingOffTheDisability: Rhun in ''The Pilgrim of Hate''.

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* ThrowingOffTheDisability: Rhun in ''The Pilgrim of Hate''.Hate'' is confirmed to be physically lame early in the novel, but during the festival of St. Winifred he drops his crutches and walks up the steps to her reliquary. He becomes a recurring character in the series, and retains the ability to walk whenever he appears.
28th Dec '16 9:49:35 AM Antigone3
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* ThrowingOffTheDisability: Rhun in ''The Pilgrim of Hate''.
21st Sep '16 9:10:39 PM PaulA
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* {{Expy}}: Before creating Brother Cadfael, Peters experimented with a very similar character in Swami Premanathanand, a modern Hindu holy man who acts as the main detective in two books in the ''Literature/FelseInvestigates'' series.
21st Sep '16 6:32:13 PM ecuvulle6267
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* TheLowMiddleAges: (Technically TheHighMiddleAges, since it's set during the reign of King Stephen, almost a century after 1066 - but since King Stephen's "reign" was one long civil war, Cadfael ''feels'' like the "Dark Ages" rather than the age of chivalry and courtly love.)
5th Aug '16 2:17:41 AM LondonKdS
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* {{Expy}}: Before creating Brother Cadfael, Peters experimented with a very similar character in Swami Premanathanand, a modern Hindu holy man who acts as the main detective in two books in the ''Literature/FelseInvestigates'' series.
16th Apr '16 2:53:35 PM Sharlee
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* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Everyone in ''The Potter's Field'' goes out of their way to conceal what's going on from Donata, not wanting to burden her when she's so ill. [[spoiler: This turns out to be the ''worst'' course of action they could take, as she's the only one alive who knew the truth about the buried woman's death and could exonerate all the suspects in one go.]]
15th Apr '16 10:39:05 PM Sharlee
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* GoodShepherd: Many characters in the books, but special mention goes to Brother Mark, who despite his youth and hard upbringing freely administers to lepers and criminals, and in Cadfael's opinion has the makings of a saint. Both Abbots Heribert and Radulfus, Brother Paul who takes care of the novices, and the late Father Adam all show strong shades of this, and of course Cadfael himself works hard to bring in lambs led astray, in his own slightly unorthodox way.

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* GoodShepherd: Many characters in the books, but special mention goes to Brother Mark, who despite his youth and hard upbringing freely administers to lepers and criminals, and in Cadfael's opinion has the makings of a saint. Both Abbots Heribert and Radulfus, Brother Paul who takes care of the novices, and the late Father Adam all show strong shades of this, and of course Cadfael himself works hard to bring in lambs led astray, in his own slightly unorthodox way. Even Oswin shows signs of becoming this once he matures out of his carelessness and switches from being Cadfael's helper to manning the hospital.
13th Apr '16 4:28:39 PM PaulA
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* AerithAndBob: Due to era-appropriate naming conventions, many names still in use like Stephen, Robert or Constance appear alongside archaic ones like Fulke, Godith, and Torold. Also applies for many Welsh or Norse names that stand out among English ones, and some (including Cadfael's own) that were obscure even in the 12th century.
13th Apr '16 6:18:28 AM Sharlee
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* AerithAndBob: Due to era-appropriate naming conventions, many still-commonplace names like Stephen, Robert or Constance appear alongside archaic ones like Fulke, Godith, and Torold. Also applies for many Welsh or Norse names that stand out among English ones, and some (including Cadfael's own) that were obscure even in the 12th century.

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* AerithAndBob: Due to era-appropriate naming conventions, many still-commonplace names still in use like Stephen, Robert or Constance appear alongside archaic ones like Fulke, Godith, and Torold. Also applies for many Welsh or Norse names that stand out among English ones, and some (including Cadfael's own) that were obscure even in the 12th century.
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