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Absolution by Murder (A Sister Fidelma Mystery) (Mystery of by Peter Tremayne

By Peter Tremayne

In A.D. 664, King Oswy of Northumbria has convened a synod at Whitby to listen to debate among the Roman and Celtic Christian church buildings and choose which might be granted primacy in his state. At stake is way quite a lot of disputed issues of formality; Oswy's determination might impact the survival of both church within the Saxon kingdoms. whilst the Abbess Etain, a number one speaker for the Celtic church, is located murdered, suspicion falls upon the Roman faction. on the way to diffuse the tensions that threaten to erupt into civil struggle, Oswy turns to Sister Fidelma of the Celtic Church (Irish and an suggest for the Brehon court docket) and Brother Eadulf of the Roman church (from east Anglia and of a relations of hereditary magistrates) to discover the killer. yet as additional murders take place and a treasonous plot opposed to Oswy matures, Fidelma and Eadulf quickly locate themselves operating out of time.

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Colman turned in some embarrassment at his neglect of the Mother Abbess. " Sister Fidelma moved forward and reached to incline her head over the abbess's ring. "You are most welcome here, Fidelma of Kildare," Hilda acknowledged, "though I confess that my lord the Bishop of Lindisfarne has placed me at a disadvantage. " Hilda glanced at the hawk-faced Colman as if seeking comment. "Sister Fidelma is a ddlaigh of the Brehon courts of Ireland," explained Colman. Abbess Hilda frowned. " She rendered the term as closely as she could in her own phonetics.

Only on this the third day had he been able to stand without feeling bilious and let the pungent sea breezes clear his head and lungs, making him feel vaguely human again. But every now and then a capricious wave would still send him staggering, to the amusement of Stuf and his crew. Stuf reached out a strong brown calloused hand to steady the young monk as he nearly lost his footing. Brother Eadulf sheepishly smiled his thanks before turning away. Stuf watched him go with a grin at his awkward gait.

Wighard was secretary to Deusdedit, Archbishop of Canterbury. And it was Deusdedit who was the subject of their conversation. The archbishop was elderly and had been ordained by Eugenius I, Bishop of Rome and Father of the Universal r ABSOLUTION BY MURDER35 Church, to be the head of Rome's mission to the Anglo- Saxon kingdoms in Britain. But no one could converse with Deusdedit without first obtaining Wighard's approval. Wighard's cherubic- like features hid a coldly calculating mind and an ambition that was keen as a sharpened sword.

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