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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

He/She

 



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it was amazing
bookshelves: mystery
Read 2 times. Last read August 11, 2022 to August 17, 2022.

An Excellent Mystery by Ellis Peters is another Brother Caedfael mystery. I found this one different than the others. The protagonist is female. She was engaged to a crusader but he came home from the Crusades mortally wounded and broke the engagement off, so that his fiancee was free.

Her name was Julian. However, she didn't want to be free. She took her engagement as vows and finagled her way into his life. He joined the Benedictines and took the name Brother Humilus. Julian, with the help of a devoted servant, dressed as a young male and joined also, taking the name Brother Fidelis and consequently became the faithful caretaker of Brother Humilus.

Meanwhile, Brother Humilis' old lieutenant is seeking Julian to marry her. Of course, since Brother Fidelis is always beside Brother Humilis, he/she knows what's going on. Once Brother Humilus dies, in an accident, Brother Fidelis turns back to Julian in an ingenious way. (No spoilers)

A satisfactory conclusion.

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