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

By Ellis Peters

ISBN-10: 1784080519

ISBN-13: 9781784080518

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

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Hrut learned that Gunnhild was a powerful ally, but an even more powerful enemy. Gunnhild’s brother Harald Bluetooth erected the Jelling stones in Denmark in the 10th century. The runes honour their father Gorm the Old and mother Thyra, and the kingdom’s conversion to Christianity Magic of the Finnar It is no secret that Gunnhild was said to have learned magic from Finnar wizards in the cold north of the country. At that time, the Norse writers didn’t distinguish between Finns and Sàmi peoples, but regarded both as uncivilised, malicious and magical inhabitants of the sinister north.

While still reveling from their victory, a tragic course of events were set in motion when Rögnvald, Gunnhild’s son, was killed by Egil during a raid. As a further blow to the royal couple, Egil set a curse upon them so macabre that the details are recorded clearly in the sagas. First of all, the sorcerer Egil set himself at the top of a headland, facing the raging seas below. Next, he took a hazel staff and cut runes into the shaft in a manner reserved only for the direst of situations. +HÀ[HGWKHSROHLQWKHJURXQGVHFXULQJWKHVHYHUHG head of a horse on top, pointing it towards the waves.

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