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A Rare Benedictine: The Advent of Brother Cadfael by Ellis Peters

By Ellis Peters

Set within the 12 months of Our Lord 1120, 3 stories of intrigue and treachery, that includes the chain of occasions that led one-time crusader Cadfael into the Benedictine Order.

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It was not permitted to shoot roebuck or large game, but there were plenty of hare and pheasants in the forest. They drove in the sleigh, following a wood road, slowly because of the fresh drifts of snow. They passed racks where the deer came to feed; the great stags lifted their heads and kept watch, but made no move to escape. They behaved like cattle, and it didn’t seem much like hunting to go out and take post on a wooden platform, with a high-powered rifle and telescopic sight, and have beaters drive such creatures in front of you.

Robbie took his turn. He knew all about shooting, of course, and apologized to the captain for being too good; it was just a matter of understanding this remarkable weapon, he said. The army weapon was too heavy for him, but he had brought along his own thirty-two. Lanny was pretty good, but nobody seemed really good after Bub Smith. ” V They went home to lunch, and Beauty had some friends in; but you could see that Beauty herself was company enough for Bragescu. Lanny always got plenty of motherly attention at such times.

The former was not the shaggy American bison, but smooth-skinned creatures that had been domesticated in Egypt and brought to Europe by the ancient Romans; now they ran wild in the forests and were very dangerous if wounded. As for the boars, they did not molest human beings—but still, it was well to have a rifle along. They stopped to rest, and found no witch, but a peasant mother with half a dozen little ones, the boys with bullet heads and the girls with braided hair, all staring with wide blue eyes at die Herrschaften.

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