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Book Note: Ellis Peters, A Rare Benedictine

I read this book about 6-Nov-2004. I've read this book before. The book is copyright 1988. This note was last modified Monday, 19-May-2014 16:51:33 PDT.

This is book 16 of the "Brother Cadfael" series.

This note contains spoilers for the book.


Three Cadfael short-stories, from before he joins the abbey. They seem to date back to early in the writing of the series, though I hadn't encountered them until I saw this book (1979, 1981, 1985). They all feel strongly like the books, though; she seems to have had Cadfael figured out from the beginning. (Of course this isn't an early writing project in her career.)

The book is illustrated with color plates, in a somewhat annoying pseudo-medieval style. Since I haven't studied the real thing systematically, maybe I'm off base; but what I see in many of them is modern perspective rendering of the architectural details surrounding the figures, and then a very stylized rendering of the human figures. Although there's one where a tile floor is rendered as if seen straight from above.

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