History Series / Cadfael

23rd May '17 8:04:46 PM eowynjedi
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* AxCrazy: le Gaucher, a former crusader who betrayed his liege so he could RapePillageAndBurn across the Shrewsbury farmlands. He doesn't bother to cover his track and clearly delights in the violence he inflicts.



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

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* DoubleMeaning: After Olivier asks if Cadfael knew his mother Miriam, Cadfael turns away says that if he did, "he would have remembered her all his life." While seeing him off he also says "Go with God, my son." A standard monkish expression, but much more literal in this case.
* EurekaMoment: Cadfael has several of these, usually prompted by someone else's random comment. comment, and once after cutting his hand.


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* AGlassInTheHand: Cadfael manages to shatter a clay beaker in his own hand while arguing over Brother Oswin's possible guilt. Snapping at Jerome about which hand is cut and which is bloody leads to his EurekaMoment.


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* HeroicBastard: Olivier speaks a little of being caught between faiths because he's the bastard of a Crusader father and Muslim mother. He's also the most chivalrous character in "The Virgin in the Ice."


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* KnightInShiningArmor: Olivier de Bretagne, the half-Syrian, half-English knight who refuses to go along with the other knights' turn to banditry and helps Ermina and Yves escape bandits.
* LikeASonToMe: Oswin. Cadfael would rather suffer any number of broken pots than lose him.


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* LukeIAmYourFather: Inverted. When Cadfael realizes that Olivier de Bretagne is his son, he decides not to tell him, and later wonders if it was the right decision.


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* MeaningfulEcho: When Olivier draws a sword on him, Cadfael points out that he's got his own dagger to his stomach and warns Olivier to "always beware the unexpected stroke." When le Gaucher has his sword at Olivier's throat, Olivier stabs him in the same manner and repeats Cadfael's words as a BondOneLiner.


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* SoProudOfYou: Cadfael doesn't say it ''to'' Olivier, but he gives a thankful prayer to God for allowing him to learn he and Miriam fathered such a worthy child. When Hugh asks about Ermina's guardian, Cadfael describes him as "a son any father would be proud of."
21st May '17 9:48:16 PM eowynjedi
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* AbusiveParents:
** The Aurifabers as a whole--not just the father--are quite unkind to the eldest daughter Susannah. Despite their wealth (Aurifaber literally means goldsmith and it's the family trade) and the big feast they throw for the eldest son, the father claims he can't afford to waste a dowry on Susannah and they use her as a housekeeper. Then, when the new wife insists on her right to manage the household, they take away that and leave her with no purpose. [[spoiler:Her father doesn't even show remorse when she's killed.]]
** 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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* ExactWords: One episode opens with Brother Jerome and Prior Robert trying to punish a novice for singing a BawdySong he learned from his soldiering grandfather, about a soldier who misses MyGirlBackHome. Cadfael (who knows the song from his crusader days) points out that the song doesn't say the woman ''isn't'' the soldier's wife, and isn't encouraging love within wedlock something the Church should approve? The Abbot decides that (tenuous though it is) this is a good enough explanation and lets the young man go unpunished.


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* HeyYou: In "Sanctuary Sparrow." When Liliwen escorts his sweetheart home under a hood to disguise himself, someone calls out "hey!" behind him. They ignore it and continue at a normal pace--quite wisely, because the person who shouted was hailing a different man to say a friendly hello.


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* 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.
3rd May '17 4:22:21 PM eowynjedi
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* GoAndSinNoMore: The murderer of "Monk's Hood" is exposed in public and moreover stabs Hugh in a panic when he flees. However, he is so cut up with guilt over his crime that he begs Cadfael to help him be ready to be killed by the law, and would have gone back had Cadfael told him to. Cadfael decides not to and instead tells him to repent of his crime by committing himself to love and generosity for the rest of his life.
2nd May '17 8:04:19 PM eowynjedi
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* GetOut: Hugh orders Prestcote to get out and have no further part in the investigation after Prestcote recklessly shoots an innocent man, mistaking him for a murder suspect.



* INeverSaidItWasPoison: Cadfael tells Edwin his stepfather was 'cut down' and Edwin disclaims drawing a blade against him. That he didn't correct Cadfael, combined with trustingly putting his lips to a beaker of monkshood oil, combines to convince Cadfael of his innocence.



* JurisdictionFriction: Hugh Beringar argues with the Abbot when Joscelin flees onto the Abbey grounds, and therefore into the Abbey's authority.

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* JurisdictionFriction: ItsPersonal: In "Monk's Hood," Cadfael is particularly driven to solve the case despite being strictly ordered away because the murder was done with a medicinal oil that he made with his own hands.
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Hugh Beringar argues with the Abbot when Joscelin flees onto the Abbey grounds, and therefore into the Abbey's authority.authority.
** Prestcote gets cranky whenever Cadfael tries to give him advice or contradict his suspicions.




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* WorstAid: In "The Monk's Hood," Cadfael gives an emetic to a man who was poisoned, but he admits that it may do as much harm coming up as going down. Prior Robert also says that he "rid himself" of his own dinner on Oswin's advice (having been eaten from the same brace of partridge, although his was not tainted).
1st May '17 5:16:32 PM eowynjedi
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* BitchInSheepsClothing: In "The Leper of St Giles," [[spoiler:Simon Aguilon killed his uncle, hoping to marry Iveta in his stead, and allowed Joscelin to fall under suspicion for the murder while pretending to help him hide and pursue his own love for Iveta]].



* DuelToTheDeath: In "The Leper of St. Giles" [[spoiler:Cadfael and Hugh decide that Lazarus--aka Guimar de Massard--can go uncharged for Picard's death because they met in "single combat" with Lazarus unarmed, and not a murder]].



* JurisdictionFriction: Hugh Beringar argues with the Abbot when Joscelin flees onto the Abbey grounds, and therefore into the Abbey's authority.



* PaperThinDisguise: Godith as a male novice. Cadfael does see through it immediately, but it takes an armsman accidentally grabbing her chest for anyone else to figure it out.

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* PapaWolf: In "The Leper of St Giles," the second murder is done [[spoiler:by Lazarus, aka Guimar de Massard. He kills Picard in revenge for Picard's ill-treatment of Iveta, Lazarus' granddaughter]].
* PaperThinDisguise: Godith as a male novice. Cadfael does see through it immediately, but it it's implied that it's due to his experience in the world. It takes an armsman accidentally grabbing her chest for anyone else to figure it out.



* RightUnderTheirNoses: Joscelin Lucy tries hiding in the town in "The Leper of Saint Giles," at the instigation of Simon, but his hiding place is betrayed. He has better luck when the leper Lazarus shelters him under one of their cloaks, because people avoid looking at them.



* TrialByCombat: An acceptable and legal recourse. Hugh Beringar gets his job this way. In "The 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]].

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* TrialByCombat: An acceptable and legal recourse. Hugh Beringar gets his job this way. In "The 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]].
29th Apr '17 11:22:17 AM eowynjedi
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* TheFundamentalist: Father Ailnoth in ''The Raven in the Foregate.''

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* TheFundamentalist: TheFundamentalist:
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Father Ailnoth in ''The Raven in the Foregate.''


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* GossipyHens: Pesh is a male version in "Sanctuary Sparrow." His snooping, and attempting to profit on his knowledge, get him killed.


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* ItGetsEasier: Cadfael at one point says that after killing once, the next deaths don't hurt as much, and that he's stood on a battlefield drenched in blood and felt nothing.


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* NotHelpingYourCase: Liliwen lies about the events at the wedding and later sneaks out of the abbey to walk his sweetheart home after she visits, but it happens to be at the same time Pesh was murdered.


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* SeekingSanctuary: Of course. In "The Sanctuary Sparrow," Liliwen the minstrel claims sanctuary by putting his hand on the altar cloth, which entitles him to forty days of safety.


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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.
20th Jan '17 6:41:05 PM PaulA
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** [[KicktheSonofaBitch Brother Jerome deserves everything he gets.]]


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* KickTheSonOfABitch: Brother Jerome deserves everything he gets.
20th Jan '17 5:03:42 PM TheGoodWario
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** Brother Jerome deserves everything he gets.

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** [[KicktheSonofaBitch Brother Jerome deserves everything he gets. gets.]]
17th Jan '17 6:30:05 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* TheOtherDarrin: The actors for a few of the main characters were swapped out from season to season -- Sheriff Hugh Beringar was most swapped of all, as a different actor portrayed him in ''each'' of the three seasons.
29th Dec '16 3:37:29 PM derry667
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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.

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* BaitAndSwitchTyrant: Father Heribert is replaced as Abbot. The Prior Robert and 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.



* InspectorLestrade: Hugh Beringar and his deputy, sheriff Gilbert Prescotte, represent both sides of the Lestrade coin. Hugh is compelled to suspect and investigate the most obvious killer, but he is always willing to listen to Cadfael and gives him leeway to investigate. Gilbert is the kind who declares a case open-and-shut, resents Cadfael, and once wounds an unrelated person after mistaking him for the suspect.

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* InspectorLestrade: Hugh Beringar and his deputy, sheriff the previous sheriff, Gilbert Prescotte, represent both sides of the Lestrade coin. Hugh is compelled to suspect and investigate the most obvious killer, but he is always willing to listen to Cadfael and gives him leeway to investigate. Gilbert is the kind who declares a case open-and-shut, resents Cadfael, and once wounds an unrelated person after mistaking him for the suspect.
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