The Devil's Novice

The Devil's Novice

Book - 1983
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In the autumn of 1140 the Benedictine monastery at Shrewsbury finds its new novice Meriet Aspley a bit disturbing. The younger son of a prominent family, Meriet is meek and biddable by day, but his sleep is rife with nightmares so violent that they earn him the name of "Devil's Novice". Shunned by the other monks, Aspley attracts the concern of Brother Cadfael. Then a body appears, that of a young priest last seen at the Aspley estate. Can Meriet be involved in the death? As events take a sinister turn, it falls to Brother Cadfael to detect the truth. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.
Publisher: New York : Fawcett Crest, c1983.
ISBN: 9780449207017
0449207013
Characteristics: 214p

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ramga3 Jan 20, 2014

Read the whole series years ago & loved every one!

EuSei Jan 20, 2014

Book 8 on the "Brother Cadfael" series and another superb story by Edith Pargeter (real name of Ellis Peters). Very well crafted, her writing is obviously not “old” English, but she brings to her words a taste of that time. I has just the right amount of mystery, intriguing characters and situations. The series of books was made into several movies with one of my favorite actors, Derek Jacobi, as Brother Cadfael. I watched the movies before reading the books and maybe that is the reason, but I can’t imagine another actor in the skin of Cadfael. When I read the books, I can’t help imagining Jacobi as the Benedictine monk!

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