A Morbid Taste for Bones (Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, by Ellis Peters

By Ellis Peters

In 1137, the Abbot of Shrewsbury makes a decision to procure the continues to be of St Winifred. Brother Cadfael is a part of the day trip despatched to her ultimate resting position in Wales they usually locate the villagers passionately divided by way of the Benedictines' supply for the saint's relics.

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They are carrying clubs and shout insults after you. Will you fight these fanatics (turn to 291) or will you decide to leave Edinburgh at once (turn to 100)? 82 You rise and make your way to the exit. A neighbour stops you and asks why you are not joining them. 'To take arms against the King is a serious step,' you tell him. 'I am not willing to take such a step yet. ' Returning home, you go to bed, but your heart is troubled and you find it difficult to sleep. The next morning, you discover that the other townsfolk do not share your doubts and they have determined to obtain weapons from the county armoury.

193 Despite the fact that you are better armed than the peasant who faces you, a lucky blow penetrates your guard and you fall from your horse to your death. Your adventure ends here, in an insignificant village in Nottinghamshire. 194 Your opponent's sword enters your body and you fall, your mission less than half completed. Now who will avenge your wife and children? Your adventure ends here. 195 196 Ducking quickly inside Dell's reach, you grasp the hand which holds the knife and struggle with him.

You are welcomed back by the townspeople who witnessed the death of your family over a year ago, and you try to rebuild a life for yourself. But life will never be the same again. Not only are your wife and children dead, but there are changes in the kingdom. In 1649 you hear that Charles has been executed by Parliament and that the country is now a 'Commonwealth', led by Oliver Cromwell. Religious persecution continues, and it seems to you that much of the innocence of the old way of life has disappeared.

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