History Series / Cadfael

23rd Oct '17 7:34:44 PM NervousShark
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* RomancingTheWidow: ''The Rose Rent'' has Judith Perle being pursued by several men after her husband's death, even at the poor man's funeral - including [[RichSuitorPoorSuitor Thomas Hynde and Godfrey Fuller]]. Needless to say, she is [[UnderStatement not particularly impressed]] with either. [[spoiler:Niall Bronzesmith, the abbey's tenant who moves into her old house, [[RescueRomance has better luck]]. [[VillainousIncest Her cousin]], [[LoveMakesYouEvil Miles Coliar]], [[MurderMakesYouCrazy does not]].]]

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* RomancingTheWidow: ''The Rose Rent'' has Judith Perle being pursued by several men after her husband's death, even at the poor man's funeral - including [[RichSuitorPoorSuitor Thomas Hynde and Godfrey Fuller]]. Needless to say, she is [[UnderStatement not particularly impressed]] impressed with either. [[spoiler:Niall Bronzesmith, the abbey's tenant who moves into her old house, [[RescueRomance has better luck]]. [[VillainousIncest Her cousin]], [[LoveMakesYouEvil Miles Coliar]], [[MurderMakesYouCrazy does not]].]]
7th Oct '17 8:53:49 PM eowynjedi
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* AdaptationNameChange: Although generally keeping to the original, very medieval names, a few are changed to be a little more familiar to modern viewers.



** Cassale makes a point of calling Beringar "''Under''sheriff" when hunting for enemies of King Stephen around Shrewsbury.



* MercyKil: At the prelude of "The Rose Rent," Cadfael warns Judith Perle that too much of the pain medicine he made will kill her husband, who is in constant, agonizing pain from a terminal illness. Their conversation after his funeral makes it clear that she deliberately gave him an overdose to release him from his suffering, and Cadfael tells her not to feel guilt over it.



* 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.]]

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* 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, and guilt, as suicide was considered to deny you a place in Heaven (and the church graveyard) back then.]]



* NightmareFace: [[spoiler:This is why the legendary knight Guimar de Massard travels with the lepers as "Lazarus" even though the disease is no longer active in him. He briefly lifts his mask to Cadfael to show why he doesn't want to return to his family.]]

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* NightmareFace: [[spoiler:This is why the legendary knight Guimar de Massard travels with the lepers as "Lazarus" even though the disease is no longer active in him. He briefly lifts his mask to show Cadfael to show why he doesn't want to return to his family.]]



* NotNowKiddo: Eluned attempts to make a confession to Cadfael, but he assumes she's been arguing with her sister as usual and sends her to Ailnoth, rather impatiently. He's deeply ashamed of himself when she's found dead the next day.



* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Abbot Radulfus will not have himself or the authority of the abbey disrespected, and admonishes Cadfael at a few points, but he is also intelligent enough to recognize Cadfael's skills and give him free reign except when his hands are tied by politics or directives from higher up. He also abhors violence and takes things like SacredHospitality very seriously.



** Prior Robert argues with Hugh Beringar over whether or not Cadfael should be turned out of the abbey, not very long after Cadfael has solved a murder and treated Berigar's stab wound. The new Abbot Radulfus immediately scolds Robert for speaking rudely to a guest.

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** Prior Robert argues with Hugh Beringar over whether or not Cadfael should be turned out of the abbey, not very long after Cadfael has solved a murder and treated Berigar's Beringar's stab wound. The new Abbot Radulfus immediately scolds Robert for speaking rudely to a guest.



* SmugSnake: Thomas Hynde in "The Rose Rent" believes he ought to be irresistible to Judith despite his debts and slimy attitude, kidnaps her and threatens to rape her into marriage, and then turns into jelly once he realizes he might actually get caught and face punishment... which gives her control back, because he'll do anything to buy her silence.



** In "St Peter's Fair" he burns [[spoiler:the list of barons willing to declare for Maude right in front of Beringar, in spite of Beringar's demand for it, because it will lead to more deaths]]. He counsels Beringar to make the same choice rather than hang the person who carried it.

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** In "St Peter's Fair" he burns defies Beringar's demand for [[spoiler:the list of barons willing to declare for Maude and puts the paper in a flame right in front of Beringar, in spite of Beringar's demand for it, there, because it he's unwilling to do something that will lead to bring about more deaths]]. He counsels Beringar to make the same choice rather than hang the person who carried it.
1st Oct '17 12:10:48 PM eowynjedi
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* TorchesAndPitchforks: Liliwen the bard is chased to the abbey by the Aurifabers and all their wedding guests when they accuse him of murdering the family patriarch.

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Liliwen the bard is chased to the abbey by the Aurifabers and all their wedding guests when they accuse him of murdering the family patriarch. patriarch.
** Ailnoth's parish pursues him to the abbey at a march, chanting his name, after they find that Eluned drowned herself.
23rd Sep '17 10:33:32 PM DarthRevan
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* RomancingTheWidow: ''The Rose Rent'' has Judith Perle being pursued by several men after her husband's death, even at the poor man's funeral - including [[RichSuitorPoorSuitor Thomas Hynde and Godfrey Fuller]]. Needless to say, she is [[UnderStatement not particularly impressed]] with either. [[spoiler:Niall Bronzesmith, the abbey's tenant who moves into her old house, [[RescueRomance has better luck]]. [[VillainousIncest Her cousin]], [[LoveMakesYouEvil Miles Coliar]], [[MurderMakesYouCrazy does not]].]]
15th Sep '17 5:58:08 PM eowynjedi
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* AssInAmbassador: Prior Robert is put in charge of the mission to obtain Saint Winifred's bones from a Welsh village. He opens with aninsult towards the whole town for neglecting her grave, then offends Rhrisiart, the local landowner, by a graceless attempt to bribe him. He refuses all of Cadfael's counsel in spite of the fact that Radulfus sent Cadfael along specifically to help him understand the Welsh. Cadfael has to wince and cringe his way through Robert's high-handed behavior until he finally puts his foot down to keep Robert from angering a growing mob of angry Welshmen to violence.
10th Sep '17 9:10:05 AM eowynjedi
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* AllNaturalSnakeOil: An old lady sells charms, amulets, and potions--including a flask of lotion that will "sustain a man from dusk till dawn" which Oswin innocently takes to mean it will prevent sleepiness. Cadfael gets a whiff of it and informs him that it's made of belladonna and monkshood.


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* ConflictBall: Beringar is extremely testy in "St Peter's Fair," snapping at Cadfael for questioning his choice in the civil war and being almost as dismissive as Prescotte.


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* ObfuscatingStupidity: Cadfael isn't afraid th play up the image of a chatty, cloistered brother to make people more talkative.


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** In "St Peter's Fair" he burns [[spoiler:the list of barons willing to declare for Maude right in front of Beringar, in spite of Beringar's demand for it, because it will lead to more deaths]]. He counsels Beringar to make the same choice rather than hang the person who carried it.
2nd Sep '17 2:01:54 PM eowynjedi
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** "A Morbid Taste for Bones." Cadfael ''had'' arranged circumstances to out the truth of Rhisiart's murder, but a SpannerInTheWorks [[spoiler:forces him to elaborately deceive the monks and hide Columbanus' body, because otherwise Godwin would certainly be convicted of Columbanus' accidental death]].
2nd Sep '17 1:53:36 PM eowynjedi
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* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: At the end of "A Morbid Taste for Bones," [[spoiler:Cadfael lays out Columbanus' robe on the ground and surrounds it with petals to make the other monks believe that this has happened]].



* HolierThanThou: Jerome gets fed up with Columbanus' piety, particularly after Columbanus brings him food but insists on fasting himself.



* ItsAllMyFault: Brother Oswin loudly proclaims that he is guilty of mortal sin and "was [Sister Hilaria's] death" in "The Virgin in the Ice," leading the other monks to wonder if he was the one who raped and murdered her. [[spoiler:What he felt guilty for was not protecting her and also being attracted to her when a blizzard forced them to huddle together.]]

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Brother Oswin loudly proclaims that he is guilty of mortal sin and "was [Sister Hilaria's] death" in "The Virgin in the Ice," leading the other monks to wonder if he was the one who raped and murdered her. [[spoiler:What he felt guilty for was not protecting her and also being attracted to her when a blizzard forced them to huddle together.]]
** For once, Brother Jerome feels guilt over his pettiness when he [[spoiler:wishes Rhisiart dead for refusing the monks and insulting the Prior, believing that his spiteful prayer brought on the murder. Cadfael tells him that just having a spiteful wish can't kill a man.
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* RedRightHand: There is a folk belief in Gwytherin that the blood of a murdered corpse will rise if their killer lays a hand on it. Despite decrying this as a pagan ritual, Jerome refuses to do it, and Godwin later confesses to a different crime at Rhisiart's funeral.
26th Aug '17 10:01:58 AM eowynjedi
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* CallingTheOldManOut: [[spoiler: Susannah]] in ''The Sanctuary Sparrow,'' not that it makes much of an impact.

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[[spoiler: Susannah]] in ''The Sanctuary Sparrow,'' not that it makes much of an impact. impact.
** Cadfael does this on behalf of Meriet in "The Devil's Novice," severely chastising Leoric for refusing to see any worth in his younger son to the point of instantly believing him a murderer. [[spoiler:Although it doesn't sink in until the whole truth comes out, Leoric is genuinely guiltstricken and apologizes to Meriet at the end.]]


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* ParentalFavoritism: Leoric Apsley openly favors his older son and heir Tristan over his younger son Meriet, though it doesn't make the brothers resentful against each other. In the end, Leoric realizes that he's been horribly unjust to Meriet and resolves to be a better father.
25th Aug '17 8:21:33 PM eowynjedi
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** The Picards abuse their niece Iveta, who is due to inherit a large amount of property, and sell her off to a husband known to be a JerkAss and a bully. Although it's not shown onscreen, they're said to have beaten her, and during the episode they attempt to blackmail her with Joscelin's safety so that when the abbot and Cadfael ask if she needs protection, she says no. [[spoiler:Which is why her grandfather kills her uncle.]]

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** The Picards abuse their niece Iveta, who is due to inherit a large amount of property, and sell her off to a husband known to be a JerkAss and a bully. Although it's not shown onscreen, they're said to have beaten her, and during the episode they attempt to blackmail her with Joscelin's safety so that when the abbot and Cadfael ask if she needs protection, she says no. [[spoiler:Which [[spoiler:This behavior is why her grandfather kills her uncle.]]



* BadDreams: In "The Devil's Novice," Meriet has screaming nightmares that disrupt the abbey and lead Oswin to ask if he's possessed by demons. [[spoiler:It's guilt over his family's involvement in Clemence's death.]]



* HangingJudge: For a holy man, Bishop Eluard is quite insistent on having someone to hang for Clemence's murder, even if it's a forest vagabond whose only crime was having picked up Clemence's dagger. When the real murderer is found, Eluard says that his neck will "stretch better" and then tells the other conspirators that they'd better hope King Steven is more forgiving than he himself is.



* HeroicBystander: Brother Oswin puts up a pretty decent effort against the fleeing murderer in "The Devil's Novice," and though he eventually gets half-strangled it buys the time needed for Cadfael and Prescotte to take over.



* SacredHospitality: Prior Robert argues with Hugh Beringar over whether or not Cadfael should be turned out of the abbey, not very long after Cadfael has solved a murder and treated Berigar's stab wound. The new Abbot Radulfus immediately scolds Robert for speaking rudely to a guest.

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* SacredHospitality: SacredHospitality:
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Prior Robert argues with Hugh Beringar over whether or not Cadfael should be turned out of the abbey, not very long after Cadfael has solved a murder and treated Berigar's stab wound. The new Abbot Radulfus immediately scolds Robert for speaking rudely to a guest.guest.
** The Apsleys are imposed on by their second cousin twice removed Clemence. Afterwards, Leoric says "God forgive me" for being relieved at a guest's departure.


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* TakingTheHeat: Meriet Apsley loudly confesses to having killed Clemence when the body is found in a charcoal mound, thinking that [[spoiler:it was done by his beloved older brother, Tristan. The murder was really done by Janyn.]]
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