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Publisher's Summary

It is June in the Year of Our Lord 1143 when Elave, young clerk to William of Lythwood, returns from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with his elderly master's body. His mission is twofold, to bury William in his home abbey of St. Peter and St. Paul, and to deliver a dowry to William's adopted daughter Fortunata. But Elave, suspected of harboring views inimical to church doctrine, is held for ecclesiastical trial. And when Aldwin, the Lythwood family clerk hired in Elave's absence, is stabbed to death, Elave is incarcerated not only for heresy, but for murder. Fortunata's dowry, an intricately carved box with mysterious contents, holds the key to the mysteries that spring up around Elave and the Lythwood family. Shrewd and patient, Brother Cadfael is at his best here.

Performed by Tony Award-winning actor Derek Jacobi, this sixteenth chronicle of Brother Cadfael is sure to delight old friends and new fans.

©1989 Ellis Peters (P)1995, 2014 Dove Audio, Phoenix Books

Critic Reviews

"Peters' historical mysteries are vivid standouts...an old-fashioned joust between good and evil." (Chicago Sun-Times)

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Simon Prebble Preferred

This is one of my favorite Cadfael stories, but Jacobi is not my favorite reader. Simon Prebble is my hands down favorite of all the Cadfael narrators.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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The Heretic's Apprentice

Please know that Cadfael becomes addictive! Each performance by Sir Derek Jacobi is a masterpiece. I only wish this one were longer!

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Too Abridged

What disappointed you about The Heretic's Apprentice?

This version was so abridged that it lost all of the story

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointed to miss so much of the book.

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Great as Usual

I have been an Ellis Peters Fan for many years, and a fan of Sir Derek Jacobi for much longer. Perfect combination!

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  • David
  • 01-07-16

Value

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Although the story is good and the reading of it also, but the abreviation is poor and as to value for money, it is very poor and over prices.

What was most disappointing about Ellis Peters’s story?

Badly edited

Any additional comments?

Poor value for money

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Wattie
  • 08-14-18

A Great Tale

I Really did enjoy this Cadfael story and in particular the narration by Sir Derek's.

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  • Jennifer Chennell
  • 02-02-18

disappionting

the unabridged books far superior. and if you enjoy a substantial read i wouldnt bother with these abridged versions especially as not that much cheaper

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  • bran
  • 10-22-17

great yourself

another classic.from Derek Jacobi and Ellis Peters. please Audible stock all her novels in the future

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  • Mary Carnegie
  • 05-15-17

Too short

I don't like abridged books, if the story is any good, and this one is. Unfortunately Derek Jacobi, brilliant actor though he is, robs Cadfael of his Welshness, which is fundamental to his identity and contributes to his attractiveness- neither Norman nor Anglo-Saxon, so somewhat above the events of his time.