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Brother Cadfael

Brother Cadfael is a fictional character, the detective in a series of murder mysteries by Edith Pargeter writing under the name "Ellis Peters."

Cadfael is a Benedictine monk, the herbalist at an abbey in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, near the Welsh border. Cadfael himself is of Welsh extraction. The stories are set between about 1135 and about 1145, during the civil war between the forces of King Stephen and Empress Maud. Cadfael became a monk in middle age, after going on Crusade, and is more familiar with the secular world than most of his brother monks. In addition, his personality more reflects modern attitudes and ethics than his own time which often puts him in conflict with his brethen on matters of justice and conscience.

Table of contents
1 The Brother Cadfael stories

The Brother Cadfael stories

Short stories


  1. A Morbid Taste for Bones (1977)
  2. One Corpse Too Many (1979)
  3. Monk's Hood (1980)
  4. Saint Peter's Fair (1981)
  5. The Leper of Saint Giles (1981)
  6. The Virgin in the Ice (1982)
  7. The Sanctuary Sparrow (1983)
  8. The Devil's Novice (1983)
  9. Dead Man's Ransom (1984)
  10. The Pilgrim of Hate (1984)
  11. An Excellent Mystery (1985)
  12. The Raven in the Foregate (1986)
  13. The Rose Rent (1986)
  14. The Hermit of Eyton Forest (1988)
  15. The Confession of Brother Haluin (1988)
  16. The Heretic's Apprentice (1990)
  17. The Potter's Field (1990)
  18. The Summer of the Danes (1991)
  19. The Holy Thief (1992)
  20. Brother Cadfael's Penance (1994)

BBC Radio 4 Adaptations

Telemovies starring Sir Derek Jacobi

Produced by Central for ITV, 2 hours per episode. Filmed on location in Hungary.