History Series / Cadfael

15th Jan '16 3:29:45 AM Redmess
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** One of the TV adaptations has Cadfael have doubts about a suicide being a possible murder, but it turned out to be a suicide after all.
19th Apr '15 12:14:37 PM Count_Zero
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* TrialByCombat: An acceptable and legal recourse. Hugh Beringar gets his job this way. In "The Monk's Hood," [[spoiler:Cadfael and Hugh decide that Lazarus--aka Guimar de Massard--can go uncharged for Picard's death because this was the manner of it]].

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* TrialByCombat: An acceptable and legal recourse. Hugh Beringar gets his job this way. In "The Monk's Hood," Leper of St. Giles" [[spoiler:Cadfael and Hugh decide that Lazarus--aka Guimar de Massard--can go uncharged for Picard's death because this was the manner of it]].
2nd Jan '15 9:54:14 AM SMARTALIENQT
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** Peter Clemence's singular scene shows him insulting his country cousins, sleeping with his cousin's betrothed, and (unlike the clergy at Shrewsbury abbey) is a monk solely for personal and political gain.
31st Dec '14 3:47:56 PM Miriam
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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Cadfael's beloved novice Brother Oswin disappears without a trace in the final season, whereupon he's replaced by SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute Brother Adam.



* EurekaMoment: Cadfael has several of these, usually prompted by someone else's random comment.



** ''The Rose Rent.'' [[spoiler: The murderer is dying and, as in ''Monk's Hood,'' repentant.]]




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* WhatTheHellHero: In ''The Raven in the Foregate,'' both Eluned's sister Katherine and, to a lesser extent, Cynric chew Cadfael out for sending Eluned away when she came to him for help. An ashamed Cadfael admits he behaved badly.
30th Dec '14 6:43:52 PM Miriam
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* TheFanatic: Father Ailnoth in ''The Raven in the Foregate.''
** Luke in ''The Pilgrim of Hate.''


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* TheFundamentalist: Father Ailnoth in ''The Raven in the Foregate.''
** Luke in ''The Pilgrim of Hate.''
30th Dec '14 6:42:37 PM Miriam
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* TheFanatic: Father Ailnoth in ''The Raven in the Foregate.''
** Luke in ''The Pilgrim of Hate.''


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* ObfuscatingDisability: [[spoiler: Walter]] in ''The Pilgrim of Hate.''
29th Dec '14 6:42:08 PM Miriam
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* DeadMansChest: Played with in ''A Morbid Taste for Bones.'' The monks successfully dig up St. Winifred and house her bones in the reliquary. [[spoiler: Then, after Brother Columbanus is killed, Cadfael conspires with the locals to sneak her bones back into her original grave, and stows Columbanus' corpse in the reliquary instead.]]


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* ToBeLawfulOrGood: Cadfael has to make this call a few times.
** ''Monk's Hood.'' [[spoiler: Cadfael does catch the murderer and expose him in public. That done, though, he lets the man go, on the grounds that he is a SympatheticMurderer who clearly repents of his sin.]]
** ''The Raven in the Foregate.'' [[spoiler: Technically, nobody murdered Father Ailnoth: one man was defending himself and the other refused to help Father Ailnoth when he fell into the river. However, Cadfael lets one escape back to Wales and helps the other craft a story that suits Beringar and Lord Casale.]]
28th Dec '14 7:22:59 PM Miriam
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* {{Confessional}}: Subverted multiple times. Several characters ''want'' to confess to Cadfael, but as he keeps explaining, they can't: he isn't a priest. This becomes important for plot purposes in both ''The Devil's Novice'' and ''The Raven in the Foregate.''
6th Nov '14 10:19:02 PM SolidTrig
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** Lord Cassale from ''The Raven in the Foregate'' and Le Gaucher from ''The Virgin in the Ice'' both delight in killing hapless peasants.
6th Nov '14 3:53:08 PM eowynjedi
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* BaitAndSwitchTyrant: Father Heribert is replaced as Abbot. The Brother Prior and Jerome are delighted (although not as much as if the Prior had been promoted, which he was hoping for) because they think the new guy will be on their side versus Cadfael. But Father Radulfus proves to have just as much regard for Cadfael as his predecessor.



* ChekhovsSkill: As the abbey apothecary, Cadfael has an encyclopaedic knowledge of local flora. This enables him to trace many a clue, starting from the first episode.



* CoolOldGuy: Brother Cadfael.
** Borders on BadassGrandpa, especially in the episode where he karate-chops a soldier for mistreating a homeless guy.
** Both Abbots arguably qualify. Watching Abbot Heribert push back an angry mob with TorchesAndPitchforks with nothing but his voice is sheer awesome.

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* CoolOldGuy: CoolOldGuy:
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Brother Cadfael.
** Borders
Cadfael himself. He borders on BadassGrandpa, especially in the episode where he karate-chops a soldier for mistreating a homeless guy.
guy, and he can always be counted on to do the right thing even when the church itself tells him not to.
** Both Abbots arguably qualify. Watching Abbot Heribert push back an angry mob with TorchesAndPitchforks with nothing but his voice is sheer awesome.



* KickTheDog: Brother Jerome deserves everything he gets.

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* KickTheDog: KickTheDog:
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Brother Jerome deserves everything he gets. gets.
** Father Ailnoth's cruelty towards Elured. Even though having a baby out of wedlock was a serious matter, everyone liked her, and were outraged at his treatment of her.



* NeverSuicide: Averted in "The Raven in the Foregate". [[spoiler:Cadfael insists that they should treat Eluned's drowning as suspicious, but she really did do it herself after Ailnoth drove her out of the church. Cadfael wanted to prove otherwise mainly out of pity for her, as suicide was considered to deny you a place in Heaven (and the church graveyard) back then.]]



** People tend to seem cleaner in the show than [[TheDungAges we would assume]]. This is sometimes politically correct history, especially in episodes where the poor are seen wearing sharply tailored clothing and with perfect straight white teeth. The rich, however, are generally portrayed accurately - even if the immersion bath was uncommon (and known to be dangerous!) in RealLife, the rich did wash themselves every day.
*** Though it should be noted that the only sweetener available to common people of the time was honey, which was too expensive to be used in large quantities (and at any rate preferably used for the nobler purpose of mead production). Sugar existed, but was even more exotically rare than pepper, and scantily available even to royalty. Dental caries only exploded on the European population with the mass production of sugarcane in the New World.

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** People tend to seem cleaner in the show than [[TheDungAges we would assume]]. This is sometimes politically correct history, especially in episodes where the poor are seen wearing sharply tailored clothing and with perfect straight white teeth. teeth[[note]]although this is not entirely {{egregious}}, as this was before sweeteners were commonly used--sugar was exotically rare and honey was more preferably used for the nobler purpose of mead production[[/note]]. The rich, however, are generally portrayed accurately - even if the immersion bath was uncommon (and known to be dangerous!) in RealLife, the rich did wash themselves every day.
*** Though it should be noted that the only sweetener available to common people of the time was honey, which was too expensive to be used in large quantities (and at any rate preferably used for the nobler purpose of mead production). Sugar existed, but was even more exotically rare than pepper, and scantily available even to royalty. Dental caries only exploded on the European population with the mass production of sugarcane in the New World.
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* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: After it's proven that Eluned [[spoiler:did commit suicide and thus would not be allowed a Christian reburial, Cadfael visits to her unmarked grave and leaves a small cross there anyway]].


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* TurnInYourBadge: The Prior threatens Cadfael with this, more or less (not that monks have badges, but he threatens to kick him out of the abbey).
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