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By Ellis Peters

The cloistered partitions of Shrewsbury Abbey have continuously safe Brother Cadfael from the raging Civil warfare. but if scuffling with escalates among Empress Maud and King Stephen, the conflict takes a dangerous step in the direction of him. Taken prisoner within the conflict for Maud's land is Olivier de Bretagne, Brother Cadfael's personal son- born due to a short encouter thirty years past. Now Brother Cadfael resolves to plead for his son's unlock at a peace convention scheduled to ensue in Coventry; yet there's no signal of Olivier there. After a lot soul looking, Cadfael makes the tricky determination to damage his monastic vows, leaving Coventry with out permission- simply because he is aware he needs to do every thing in his strength to discover his son.

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Mine,’ acknowledged Cadfael, ‘allows me restricted time, yet units a interval to it that i'll now not infringe. i'm given depart to wait at Coventry for one cause, to hunt for information of 1 of the prisoners from Faringdon. the place princes are accumulated jointly i'll absolutely get be aware of him. ’ He had no longer spoken a reputation, however the boy had stiffened into an depth that tightened the entire traces of his younger, clean face right into a bold adulthood. He was once now not but particularly on the finish of his starting to be, now not totally shaped, however the guy used to be already there inside, burning via like a stirred hearth whilst a few partisan ardour probed deep into his middle. ‘I imagine we're at the comparable quest,’ he acknowledged. ‘If you're looking for Olivier de Bretagne, so am I. i do know he was once in Faringdon, i do know as all who understand him needs to comprehend that he might by no means swap his allegiance, and that i understand he has been hidden away out of achieve. He used to be my champion and saviour as soon as, he's my brother now, my sister consists of his baby. toward me than my dermis, and expensive as my blood, how am i able to ever rest,’ acknowledged Yves, ‘until i do know what they've got performed with him, and feature haled him out of captivity? ’ * ‘I used to be with him,’ acknowledged Yves, ‘until they garrisoned Faringdon. i used to be with him from the time I first bore hands, i wouldn't willingly be parted from him, and he of his kindness stored me shut. Father and brother either he has been to me, due to the fact he and my sister married. Now Ermina is solitary in Gloucester, and with baby. ’ They sat jointly on a bench underneath one of many torches within the guesthall, Hugh and Cadfael and the boy, within the final hush of the night after Compline, with stories all approximately them within the dimness the place the torchlight couldn't succeed in. Yves had pursued his quest by myself because the fall of Faringdon had solid his good friend into limbo, unransomed, unlisted, God knew the place. It used to be reduction now to open his center and pour out every thing he knew or guessed, to those who valued Olivier de Bretagne as he did. 3 jointly could without doubt do multiple on my own. ‘When Faringdon used to be accomplished, Robert of Gloucester took his personal forces away and left the sector to his son, and Philip made Brien de Soulis castellan of Faringdon, and gave him a powerful garrison drawn from numerous bases. Olivier used to be between them. i used to be in Gloucester then, or i'd have long gone with him, yet for that whereas i used to be on an errand for the empress, and she or he stored me approximately her. so much of her family have been in Devizes nonetheless, she had just a couple of people together with her. Then we heard that King Stephen had introduced a superb host to put siege to the recent citadel, and straightforwardness the strain on Oxford and Malmesbury. And the subsequent we knew used to be of Philip sending courier after courier to his father to come back with reinforcements and shop Faringdon. yet he by no means got here. Why? ’ demanded Yves helplessly. ‘Why did he now not? God is familiar with! used to be he in poor health? Is he nonetheless a ailing guy? Very weary I good comprehend he should be, yet to be inactive then, while so much he used to be wanted! ’ ‘From all I heard,’ stated Hugh, ‘Faringdon was once strongly held. Newly armed, newly provisioned.

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