Shrewsbury, 1139. The bloody civil war between King Stephen and Empress Maud has swept through the country towards the rural security of Brother Cadfael’s monastery. The citizens of Worcester have fled, among them two orphaned children of noble stock, together with their tutor, a young nun. A Benedictine monk in whose care Lady Ermina and her brother Ives were left, comes to the Abbey to ask if the children have been seen. Although it would be hard to miss Ermina, a young girl of striking beauty, no one has seen the missing pair or their companion. Cadfael sets off to lead the search for the missing trio, through the rugged wastes of snowbound Shropshire, following an elusive trail across a lawless land - until the discovery of the body of a young woman, frozen beneath the ice, adds a chilling new dimension to their journey. Starring Philip Madoc, Sir Michael Hordern and Douglas Hodge and dramatised by Bert Coules.
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The Virgin in the Ice
One of the better books. Good telling although I think overall I prefer a reading to a dramatisation.
Classic Cadfael - keeps you guessing. Well written characters in an interesting historical period.
Philip Madoc's Cadfael is stronger, a little rougher around the edges than Jacobi's version - more believably a soldier and definitely more of a welshman
No tears - its not that kind of story, but the little twist at the end is an emotional moment
This is a story I know very well and there was one niggle that while small is repeated so often that it might discourage me from repeated listening. I have never heard the boy's name Yves Hugonin given anything other than it's French pronunciation (Eeve HUgonin); but for some reason this version used Iyves huGOnin which just clunked every time it was used - and it's used a LOT!
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- Melissa Wells