Shroud for the Archbishop (Sister Fidelma Series #2)

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Wighard, Archbishop designate of Canterbury, has been found dead, garrotted in his chambers in Rome's Lateran Palace in the autumn of A.D. 664. His murderer seems apparent to all, since an Irish religieux was arrested by the palace guards as he fled Wighard's chamber, but the monk denies responsibility for the crime, and the treasures missing from Wighard's chambers are nowhere to be found. The bishop in charge of affairs at the Lateran Palace suspects a political motive and is wary of charging anyone without ...
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Shroud for the Archbishop: A Sister Fidelma Mystery

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Wighard, Archbishop designate of Canterbury, has been found dead, garrotted in his chambers in Rome's Lateran Palace in the autumn of A.D. 664. His murderer seems apparent to all, since an Irish religieux was arrested by the palace guards as he fled Wighard's chamber, but the monk denies responsibility for the crime, and the treasures missing from Wighard's chambers are nowhere to be found. The bishop in charge of affairs at the Lateran Palace suspects a political motive and is wary of charging anyone without independent evidence. So he asks Sister Fidelma of the Celtic Church to look into Wighard's death. Fidelma (an advocate of the Brehon Court), working with Brother Eadulf of the Roman Church, quickly finds herself with very few clues, too many motives, a trail strewn with bodies - and very little time before the killer strikes again.
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Series protagonist Sister Fidelma of Cashel (Act of Mercy) attempts to save her Saxon monk friend, Brother Eadulf, from wrongful execution. A faithful rendering of life and justice in seventh-century Ireland. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Life in late-seventh-century Ireland can be rife with conflict, but you'd never know it from Sister Fidelma's endlessly pedantic approach to crime. Fidelma (Act of Mercy, 2001, etc.), a royal lawyer, races to a rival kingdom to rescue a friend and the friend's brother, the King of Cashel, from an imminent hanging. Saxon Brother Eadulf has been summarily tried for the rape and murder of a novice at the Abbey of the Blessed Maedoc. Ancient Irish tradition forbids capital punishment, but the Abbey and the kingdom of Muman have come under the pernicious (in Fidelma is and Tremayne's undisguised opinion) influence of the Roman Penitentials, the punitive code of justice that precedes our own. In arguing for Eadulf's life, Fidelma's also asserting the superiority of the humane Irish tradition by means of tedious legal interpretations, with ancient Irish words masquerading as stirring oratory. Fortunately for Eadulf, however, her arguments bully the Muman King into allowing her to investigate. At the Abbey, Fidelma meets the power-hungry Abbess Fainder, a Roman convert and a firm believer in Eadulf's guilt, bolstered by an eyewitness and a bloody piece of the victim's robe found on the suspect. The judge, Cashel's old enemy Bishop Forbassach, seems equally convinced of the Saxon's guilt and loyal to the Abbess. Only the stewardess of the Abbey, Sister Etromma, seems immune to the Abbess's charisma. Tremayne's history is intellectually stimulating. If only he were as interested in humanizing Fidelma as in educating readers on the glories of ancient Irish civilization.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312147341
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1996
  • Series: Sister Fidelma Series , #2
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.53 (h) x 1.22 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2012

    Will It Get Better?

    I've read the first in this series (Absolution by Murder) and now this book the second in the series. Sister Fidelma, an Irish sister, is like a legal investigator and judge. She is assisted by Brother Eadulf, who follows the Roman rule of the Church. They pair up to solve a murder to ensure the Irish and Saxons will both abide by the decision since an Irish and Saxon religieuse were involved in the decisin. Knowing about the ancient Irish and Roman church's past helped me enjoy this series, but it isn't necessary. In the second book, Fidelma becomes more condisending and Eadulf becomes more of a doormat. I really didn't like that. They seemed more equal though Fidelma was obviously superior in deduction than Eadulf, but in book two it got to be too much, I felt. I was able to figure out most of the mystery in both books, which is sometimes that's okay and sometimes people don't like that. I'm okay with either way. The stories were interesting though both wer quite similar and I just don't know how people liked Fidelma with some of the way she acted towards them, but maybe I took things the wrong way too much. I may read on in the series at some point, hoping Fidelma and Eadulf become more equal. I love reading about Ireland and especially about ancient Ireland so I really wanted to love this series. But, I definitely like the Sister Frevisse Series by Margaret Frazer much better.

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