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Cadfael

"Cadfael" (book cover)
Genre Drama
Running time 75 minutes
Creator(s) Ellis Peters
Starring Derek Jacobi
Country of origin UK
Original network/channel ITV
Original run 19941998
No. of episodes 13
IMDb profile

Brother Cadfael is the fictional detective in a series of murder mysteries by the late Edith Pargeter writing under the name "Ellis Peters." Image File history File links Brother-Cadfael-book1. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into theatre. ... Edith Mary Pargeter, BEM (September 28, 1913–October 14, 1995) was a prolific British author of works in many categories, especially history andhistorical fiction, and was also honoured for her translations of Czech classics; she is probably best known for her murder mysteries, both historical and modern. ... Sir Derek Jacobi plays Gracchus in Gladiator. ... ITVs Logo 2006—present Independent Television (ITV) is the name given to the original network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up to provide competition to the BBC. In England and Wales, the channel has been rebranded to ITV1 by ITV plc, the owners of the broadcasting licences for... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal. // Events January Bill Clinton January 1 : North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) goes into effect. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Sherlock Holmes, pipe-puffing hero of crime fiction, confers with his colleague Dr. Watson; together these characters popularized the genre. ... Edith Mary Pargeter, BEM (September 28, 1913–October 14, 1995) was a prolific British author of works in many categories, especially history andhistorical fiction, and was also honoured for her translations of Czech classics; she is probably best known for her murder mysteries, both historical and modern. ...


Cadfael is a Benedictine monk and herbalist at Shrewsbury Abbey in Shrewsbury, the county town of the English county of Shropshire. Cadfael himself is of Welsh extraction; his full name is Cadfael ap (son of) Meilyr ap Dafydd and he was born around 1080 to a villein (serf) family in Trefriw, in Gwynedd (northern Wales). The stories are set between about 1135 and about 1145, during the civil war between the forces of King Stephen and Empress Maud. Several true historical events are described or referred to in the books. For example, the translation of Saint Winefride to Shrewsbury Abbey is fictionalised in the first chronicle, A Morbid Taste for Bones, and the siege of Shrewsbury by Stephen in 1138 forms the setting for One Corpse Too Many. A Benedictine is a person who follows the Rule of St Benedict. ... A monk is a person who practices asceticism, the conditioning of mind and body in favor of the spirit. ... The term Herbalism refers to folk and traditional medicinal practice based on the use of plants and plant extracts. ... Shrewsbury Abbey, now famous for its prominent role in the Brother Cadfael mysteries of Ellis Peters, is a medieval monastic foundation. ... Shrewsbury (pronounced either /ˈʃɹuːzbɹiː/ or /ˈʃɹəʊzbɹiː/) is a town of 70,059 [1] in Shropshire, England. ... A county town is the capital of a county in Ireland or the United Kingdom. ... Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location (dark green) within the United Kingdom (light green), with the Republic of Ireland (blue) to its west Languages English Capital London Largest city London Area – Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population –mid-2004... Shropshire (abbreviated Salop or Shrops) is a traditional, ceremonial and administrative county in the West Midlands region of England. ... For an explanation of often confusing terms such as Great Britain, Britain, United Kingdom, England and Wales and England, see British Isles (terminology). ... Events William I of England, in a letter, reminds the Bishop of Rome that the King of England owes him no allegiance. ... A villein is, in the feudal system, a member of the class of serfs tied to the land, distinguished from those in actual slavery, but restricted by law from exercising the rights of a free man. ... Costumes of Slaves or Serfs, from the Sixth to the Twelfth Centuries, collected by H. de Vielcastel, from original Documents in the great Libraries of Europe. ... Trefriw is a village on the River Conwy in north Wales, lying a few miles south of the site of the Roman camp of Canovium, sited at Caerhun. ... Gwynedd is an administrative county in Wales, named after the old Kingdom of Gwynedd. ... Events January - Byland Abbey founded Stephen of Blois succeeds King Henry I. Empress Maud, daughter of Henry I and widow of Henry V opposed Stephen and claims the throne as her own Owain Gwynedd of Wales defeats the Normans at Crug Mawr. ... Events Pope Lucius II is succeeded by Pope Eugene III Nur ad-Din ascends to power in Syria Construction begins on Notre-Dame dChartres in Chartres, France Korean historian Kim Pusik compiled the historical text Samguk Sagi. ... The Anarchy in English history commonly names the period of civil war and unsettled government that occurred during the reign (1135–1154) of King Stephen of England. ... Stephen (1096 - October 25, 1154), the last Norman King of England, reigned from 1135 to 1154, when he was succeeded by his cousin (or, as the gossip of the time had it, his natural son) Henry II, the first of the Angevin or Plantagenet Kings. ... Empress Matilda (February, 1101 – September 10, 1167) (Saxon form Maud or Maude) – was the daughter and dispossessed heir of King Henry I of England. ... Saint Winefride (also: Saint Winifred, Gwenfrewi, Saint Gwenfrewy, Guinevere, Winfred of Wales) was a 7th century Welsh woman who had her head severed from her body by an enraged suitor, Caradog. ...


Cadfael became a monk in middle age, after going on the First Crusade as both a soldier and later, a sailor. As a result, he is more familiar with the secular world than most of his brother monks. In addition, his personality more reflects modern attitudes and progressive ethics than his own time which often puts him in conflict with his brethren on matters of justice and conscience. Among other things, Brother Cadfael disobeys his superiors (in Monk's Hood), excuses a young couple for impulsively making love in a chapel (in The Sanctuary Sparrow) and condones euthanasia for a dying man in extreme agony (in the TV version of The Rose Rent). The First Crusade was launched in 1095 by Pope Urban II to regain control of the sacred city of Jerusalem and the Christian Holy Land from Muslims. ...


Arguably, however, this very background makes him a more worthy foil for Hugh Beringar (Deputy Sheriff and eventually Sheriff, of Shropshire) than would have been a cloistered brother. Over time Beringar — and Heribert and Radulfus, Cadfael's abbots — come to recognise his slightly unusual skills, and use him as detective, medical examiner, diplomatic envoy (to the Welsh princes), and counsel.


One interesting twist which Pargeter develops over the course of the novels is that, unlike his fellow monks, Cadfael proves to have a son whom he unknowingly conceived during his crusading days. Cadfael meets his son on only on a few, nevertheless cherished, occasions, quickly realising the truth behind the young man's origins. Cadfael also has an ex-fiancée from before he embarked on Crusade, long since married to someone else, who briefly enters Cadfael's life again in Monk's Hood. He also enjoys a purely platonic relationship with an equally worldly Benedictine sister of a nearby convent.


Thirteen of the books were adapted for a series of television movies starring Sir Derek Jacobi although the sequence of the television episodes differs from the sequence of the novels. Within the individual teleplays, most are reasonably faithful to the books, being modified primarily to minimise the size of the speaking cast, the running time of the script, or the need for extravagant special effects. One episode, however, The Pilgrim of Hate, bears almost no resemblance to the eponymous book save the presence of a few of characters sharing the names (but not the actions) of the characters in the book. Furthermore, in The Holy Thief, one of the characters is turned into a villain, whereas in the novel, he is not. A television movie (also known as a TV film, TV movie, TV-movie, feature-length drama, made-for-TV movie, movie of the week (MOTW or MOW), single drama, telemovie, telefilm, or two-hour-long drama) is a film that is produced for and originally distributed by a television network. ... Sir Derek Jacobi plays Gracchus in Gladiator. ...

Contents


The Brother Cadfael stories

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Short stories

  • A Rare Benedictine (1988)
    • "A Light on the Road to Woodstock" (set in Autumn, 1120)
    • "The Price of Light" (set at Christmas, 1135)
    • "Eye Witness" (set in 1139)

1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Events Welcher of Malvern creates a system of measurement for the earth using degrees, minutes, and seconds of latitude and longitude. ... Events January - Byland Abbey founded Stephen of Blois succeeds King Henry I. Empress Maud, daughter of Henry I and widow of Henry V opposed Stephen and claims the throne as her own Owain Gwynedd of Wales defeats the Normans at Crug Mawr. ... Events Alphonso I (Afonso Henriques) becomes first king of Portugal Second Council of the Lateran Births Emperor Konoe of Japan Deaths Henry the Proud, Duke of Bavaria and Saxony Categories: 1139 ...

Novels

  1. A Morbid Taste for Bones (written in 1977, this episode is set in 1137)
  2. One Corpse Too Many (1979, set in August 1138)
  3. Monk's Hood (1980, set in December 1138)
  4. Saint Peter's Fair (1981, set in July 1139)
  5. The Leper of Saint Giles (1981, set in October 1139)
  6. The Virgin in the Ice (1982, set in November 1139)
  7. The Sanctuary Sparrow (1983, set in the Spring of 1140)
  8. The Devil's Novice (1983, set in September 1140)
  9. Dead Man's Ransom (1984, set in February 1141)
  10. The Pilgrim of Hate (1984, set in May 1141)
  11. An Excellent Mystery (1985, set in August 1141)
  12. The Raven in the Foregate (1986, set in December 1141)
  13. The Rose Rent (1986, set in June 1142)
  14. The Hermit of Eyton Forest (1988, set in October 1142)
  15. The Confession of Brother Haluin (1988, set in December 1142)
  16. The Heretic's Apprentice (1990, set in June 1143)
  17. The Potter's Field (1990, set in August 1143)
  18. The Summer of the Danes (1991, set in April 1144)
  19. The Holy Thief (1992, set in August 1144)
  20. Brother Cadfael's Penance (1994, set in November 1145)
  • Many of the novels are also available as audiobooks. Narrators for different editions of these audiobooks include Sir Derek Jacobi, Patrick Tull and Johanna Ward.

For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... Events Louis VII is crowned King of France. ... This page refers to the year 1979. ... Events Robert Warelwast becomes Bishop of Exeter. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... Events Robert Warelwast becomes Bishop of Exeter. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Events Alphonso I (Afonso Henriques) becomes first king of Portugal Second Council of the Lateran Births Emperor Konoe of Japan Deaths Henry the Proud, Duke of Bavaria and Saxony Categories: 1139 ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Events Alphonso I (Afonso Henriques) becomes first king of Portugal Second Council of the Lateran Births Emperor Konoe of Japan Deaths Henry the Proud, Duke of Bavaria and Saxony Categories: 1139 ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Events Alphonso I (Afonso Henriques) becomes first king of Portugal Second Council of the Lateran Births Emperor Konoe of Japan Deaths Henry the Proud, Duke of Bavaria and Saxony Categories: 1139 ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Events Henry Jasomirgott was made count palatine of the Rhine. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Events Henry Jasomirgott was made count palatine of the Rhine. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Events February 2 - Battle of Lincoln. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Events February 2 - Battle of Lincoln. ... This article is about the year. ... Events February 2 - Battle of Lincoln. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Events February 2 - Battle of Lincoln. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Events End of the reign of Emperor Sutoku, emperor of Japan Emperor Konoe ascends to the throne of Japan Henry the Lion becomes Duke of Saxony Births Farid od-Din Mohammad ebn Ebrahim Attar, Persian mystical poet (died 1220) Hugh III, Duke of Burgundy (died 1192) Bornin1142, a GameFAQs user... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Events End of the reign of Emperor Sutoku, emperor of Japan Emperor Konoe ascends to the throne of Japan Henry the Lion becomes Duke of Saxony Births Farid od-Din Mohammad ebn Ebrahim Attar, Persian mystical poet (died 1220) Hugh III, Duke of Burgundy (died 1192) Bornin1142, a GameFAQs user... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Events End of the reign of Emperor Sutoku, emperor of Japan Emperor Konoe ascends to the throne of Japan Henry the Lion becomes Duke of Saxony Births Farid od-Din Mohammad ebn Ebrahim Attar, Persian mystical poet (died 1220) Hugh III, Duke of Burgundy (died 1192) Bornin1142, a GameFAQs user... This article is about the year. ... Events Celestine II is elected pope. ... This article is about the year. ... Events Celestine II is elected pope. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Events Louis VII capitulates to Pope Celestine II and so earns the popes absolution Pope Celestine II is succeeded by Pope Lucius II December 24 - Edessa falls to Zengi Montauban, France, is founded First recorded example of an anti-Semitic blood libel in England Normandy comes under Angevin control... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Events Louis VII capitulates to Pope Celestine II and so earns the popes absolution Pope Celestine II is succeeded by Pope Lucius II December 24 - Edessa falls to Zengi Montauban, France, is founded First recorded example of an anti-Semitic blood libel in England Normandy comes under Angevin control... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal. // Events January Bill Clinton January 1 : North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) goes into effect. ... Events Pope Lucius II is succeeded by Pope Eugene III Nur ad-Din ascends to power in Syria Construction begins on Notre-Dame dChartres in Chartres, France Korean historian Kim Pusik compiled the historical text Samguk Sagi. ... Sir Derek Jacobi plays Gracchus in Gladiator. ... Patrick Tull (born 28 July 1941) is a stage, film, and television actor. ...

BBC Radio 4 Adaptations

Starring Glyn Houston as Cadfael BBC Radio 4 is a British domestic radio station which broadcasts a wide variety of chiefly spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history. ... covers of two brother cadfael videotapes File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Glyn Houston is an actor best known for his television work, born in the Rhondda, Wales on 23 October 1926. ...

  • 1 --- A Morbid Taste for Bones
  • 2 --- One Corpse Too Many

Produced by Bert Coules and starring Philip Madoc as Cadfael, with Geoffrey Whitehead and Timothy Bateson. Bert Coules is a radio writer, mainly for the BBC, who has produced many adaptations and original works, most notably the Sherlock Holmes radio series starring Clive Merrison as Holmes and Michael Williams/Andrew Sachs as Watson. ... Philip Madoc (born 5 July 1934 in Merthyr Tydfil) is a British actor who has had many television and film roles. ... Geoffrey Whitehead is an English actor born 1 October 1939 in Sheffield. ...

  • 3 --- Monk's Hood
  • 6 --- The Virgin in the Ice
  • 9 --- Dead Man's Ransom

Telemovies

Produced by Central for ITV, two hours per episode. Filmed on location in Hungary and starring Sir Derek Jacobi. Central Independent Television, commonly referred to as Central, is the British Independent Television company that succeeded ATV on 1 January 1982. ... ITVs Logo 2006—present Independent Television (ITV) is the name given to the original network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up to provide competition to the BBC. In England and Wales, the channel has been rebranded to ITV1 by ITV plc, the owners of the broadcasting licences for...


Season I (1994):

  • One Corpse Too Many (Episode 101 - Book 2)
  • The Sanctuary Sparrow (Episode 102 - Book 7)
  • The Leper of Saint Giles (Episode 103 - Book 5)
  • Monk's Hood (Episode 104 - Book 3)

Season II (1995-1996):

  • The Virgin in the Ice (Episode 201 - Book 6)
  • The Devil's Novice (Episode 202 - Book 8)
  • A Morbid Taste for Bones (Episode 203 - Book 1)

Season III (1997):

  • The Rose Rent (Episode 301 - Book 13)
  • Saint Peter's Fair (Episode 302 - Book 4)
  • The Raven in the Foregate (Episode 303 - Book 12)

Season IV (1998):

  • The Holy Thief (Episode 401 - Book 19)
  • The Potter's Field (Episode 402 - Book 17)
  • The Pilgrim of Hate (Episode 403 - Book 10)

Reference

  • Whiteman, Robin (1995). The Cadfael Companion: The World of Brother Cadfael, Revised hardcover edition, Mysterious Press. ISBN 0892965134.

External links

  • Ellis Peters bibliography of first editions
  • Cadfael at The Internet Movie Database
  • Cadfael at EPisodeWorld.com
  • Odin's Castle of Dreams & Legends – a detailed fan episode guide

  Results from FactBites:
 
Brother Cadfael - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (962 words)
Cadfael is a Benedictine monk and herbalist at Shrewsbury Abbey in Shrewsbury, the county town of the English county of Shropshire.
Cadfael himself is of Welsh extraction; his full name is Cadfael ap (son of) Meilyr ap Dafydd and he was born around 1080 to a villein (serf) family in Trefriw, in Gwynedd (northern Wales).
Cadfael became a monk in middle age, after going on the First Crusade as both a soldier and later, a sailor.
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