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  • Episode Guide
  • S 4 : Ep 3

    The Pilgrim of Hate

    Aired 12/28/98

  • S 4 : Ep 2

    The Potter's Field

    Aired 12/23/98

  • S 4 : Ep 1

    The Holy Thief

    Aired 6/23/98

  • S 3 : Ep 3

    The Raven in the Foregate

    Aired 8/26/97

  • S 3 : Ep 2

    St Peter's Fair

    Aired 8/19/97

  • Cast & Crew
  • Derek Jacobi

    Brother Cadfael

  • Sean Pertwee

    Hugh Beringar

  • Michael Culver

    Prior Robert

  • Terrence Hardiman

    Abbot Radulfus

  • Julian Firth

    Brother Jerome

  • show Description
  • Welcome to the Cadfael guide at Brother Cadfael is a twelfth-century Anglo-Welsh monk created by the late Edith Pargeter, writing under the pen name of Ellis Peters. A retired crusader disappointed in love, now a herbalist in charge of the gardens of Shrewsbury Abbey, Cadfael (played by Derek Jacobi) is often called on to solve murders and other crimes in and around Shrewsbury, Shropshire, in the border country where England meets Wales. The producers decided to film the series on location in Hungary, seemingly on the grounds that it looks more medieval than present-day England. This is why quite a number of Hungarian actors appear as guests. The original Cadfael books are: A Morbid Taste for Bones (1977), One Corpse Too Many (1979), Monk's-Hood (1980), Saint Peter's Fair (1981), The Leper of Saint Giles(1981), The Virgin in the Ice (1982), The Sanctuary Sparrow (1983), The Devil's Novice (1983), Dead Man's Ransom (1984), The Pilgrim of Hate (1984), An Excellent Mystery (1985), The Raven in the Foregate (1986), The Rose Rent (1986), The Hermit of Eyton Forest (1987), The Confession of Brother Haluin (1988), The Heretic's Apprentice (1989), The Potter's Field (1989), The Summer of the Danes (1991), The Holy Thief (1992) and Brother Cadfael's Penance (1994).moreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • Cadfael: ...seventy, eighty, ninety... five?

    • Cadfael: We deal with what is, leave what might have been to eyes that see it plain. Hugh: And none see plainer than yours. Yet at first I do believe you mistook me for a villain! Cadfael: I think we mistook each other. Hugh: I would know more of you Cadfael, in this new town of mine I shall need a good friend, and I could look for none better than a rare Benedictine. Cadfael: So in this end there is a beginning also, and that is as it should be.

    • Susanna Aurifaber: In this world, what we deserve and what we receive are rarely the same.

    • Hugh Beringar: Old friend, I doubt even you can get Susanna into the fold among the lambs. Now she's chosen her way, and it's taken her far out of the reach of man's mercy. Oh, and now I suppose you'll tell me that God's reach is longer than man's? Cadfael: It had better be. Otherwise, we are all lost.

    • Lazarus: They must have had a very grave quarrel.

    • Cadfael: You know, I sometimes think that the senses are the gateway to the soul. We should celebrate them more. Avice of Thornbury: Sounds rather heretical, Cadfael! Cadfael: Sometimes I like to put the sand of doubt into the oyster of my faith.

    • Cadfael: No man is measured by the love he gives to others, but by how much he is loved.

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    Notes (15)

    • This episode is based on the book by Edith Pargeter (writing as Ellis Peters) One Corpse Too Many (1979).

    • This episode is based on the book by Edith Pargeter (writing as Ellis Peters) The Sanctuary Sparrow (1983).

    • This episode is based on the book by Edith Pargeter (writing as Ellis Peters) The Leper of St Giles (1981).

    • This episode is based on the book by Edith Pargeter (writing as Ellis Peters) Monk's Hood (1980).

    • This episode is based on the book by Edith Pargeter (writing as Ellis Peters) The Virgin in the Ice (1982).

    • This episode is based on the book by Edith Pargeter (writing as Ellis Peters) The Devil's Novice (1983).

    • The plot of this story is based on a real event. In 1138, St Winifred's relics were transferred from their original grave in Wales to Shrewsbury Abbey, where they were enshrined. This elaborate shrine was a popular pilgrimage site until it was destroyed at the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1540. St Winifred is also associated with three springs, all said to confer healing properties. St Winefride's well in Flintshire, at the presumed site of her death, is known as the Lourdes of Wales. The other wells named after her are at Woolston in Shropshire and at Holywell Farm in Cheshire, both said to be sites where her remains rested overnight on the way to Shrewsbury Abbey. The legend of St Winifred is much as related in the episode. Gwenffrew ferch Tyfid ap Eiludd, a seventh-century Welsh noblewoman, rejected her suitor Caradog in favor of entering a nunnery. Caradog, enraged, drew his sword and decapitated Gwenffrew, whose head flew off and rolled down a hill. A healing spring sprang up where it landed. Her uncle St Beuno reattached her head, whereupon she sprang to life, then Beuno cursed Caradog, who melted into the ground. Gwenffrew is the Welsh form of Winifred. The scant historical records suggest that Owain ap Tyfid, brother of a woman named Gwenffrew, killed a man named Caradog in revenge for an unspecified crime. Winefride succeeded St Tenoi as abbess at Gwytherin in Denbighshire and died about 660. Tenoi may have been Winefride's mother and St Beuno's aunt. St Winifred is connected with several of the Brother Cadfael stories. Both The Rose Rent and The Pilgrim of Hate are both set on her feast day, 3 November, and in The Holy Thief the plot centers around retrieving her stolen coffin.

    • This episode is based on the first of the Brother Cadfael books by Edith Pargeter (writing as Ellis Peters), A Morbid Taste for Bones (1977).

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    Trivia (3)

    • In an aerial shot of the rebels' dead bodies, only eighty-five can be counted.

    • In this episode we learn more of Cadfael's history. As a Crusader, he was present at the taking of Jerusalem in July 1099, and he was also at Ascalon the following month.

    • In July, 2004, a young actor in Newfoundland called Andre Noble died after accidentally poisoning himself by eating Monk's Hood. He was twenty-five at the time.

    Allusions (2)

    • The herb Monk's Hood, from which this episode takes its name, is also known as Wolfsbane and is related to the common buttercup.

    • The title of this episode alludes to the old English practice of granting land subject to the payment once a year of some trivial object, such as a peppercorn or a rose.

  • Fan Reviews (6)
  • Great series

    By Savio74, Feb 22, 2015

  • A good mystery that holds up over time.

    By jwall2024, Apr 25, 2007

  • this is a great, great show. that manages to mix mystery with an authentic period feel.

    By scipio70, Oct 30, 2006

  • A very enjoyable searies.

    By sammystevenson, Jun 30, 2006

  • I had a good laugh out of watching Cadfael. In fact, not that the show was particularly humorous but there was something special, something unique that brought a smile to my face when I watched this.

    By ara2506, Apr 14, 2006

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