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Cadfael Series 1: One Corpse Too Many back to product details

good Monks are hard to find
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written by funnytoo June 13, 2012 - 9:18 AM PDT
well, not really!! But, most are un(chant)sung heros and I don't give them much thought, being that I live in my uncloistered little world. Then along came Cadfael, beautifully portrayed by Sir Derek George Jacobi, a world renown Shakespearian actor, fitting right in to the Benedictine World of the 1130s England, Shrewsbury Abbey to be precise.
This is the Series Premiere Episode and he looks radiant, cheruby faced and not much is revealed about him except hints of his Welsh origins & former life as a Soldier. The same goes for Hugh Beringar who makes his appearance as a cad only to be found out as a decent fellow and becomes Deputy Sheriff (in later episodes Sheriff) as well as a good friend to our sleuthing Monk.
Herbs, Flowers, Potions & Lotions, the beautiful Garden, Wine & Ale all emit a sense of timelessness, yet, the settings, Animals, clothes, People and actions transport us to a time none of us will ever experience and we could yearn for and at the same time are glad we don't have to live that life.
Spoiler Alert: this episode is difficult to watch, violence has been a part of life forever, still, seeing the bodies lined up in the courtyard is a chilling sight, but, on the other hand, some of the Ladies are not bad to look at ((-;
This series was shown on PBS & if it's not playing, by all means, rent it here.
You may also consider: Of Gods and Men, a 2010 french film

No Monk-eying Around With Old Cadfael
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written by michele January 8, 2004 - 10:29 AM PST
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Okay so you might find it hard to believe but apparently this monk by the name of Cadfael uses quite modern tactics in solving medieval murders. Nevertheless this series is really very amusing. Set in Shropshire, England, a monk who joined the brethren late in life after fighting his way through holy wars and loves lost, has now settled down to grow an extensive herb garden, make some nice beer, sing some long-winded monk songs, and solve all the unjust murders in his town. He employs his knowledge of the local flora and fauna, as well as his cunning instincts, and his faithful, squeaky clean judgement of character. The writing is quite good, as I was always kept guessing whodunnit until the very end. Some of the acting was dodgy, but Cadfael was really very entertaining, as a sort of camp, Shakespearian-type monk. Most of all, which I always find to be the most important thing in my judgement of all film and television, is that the stories made me think that life in that particular time and place really was very pleasant, and fullfilling,(except, of course, if I was the one getting offed). I recommend the entire first series.

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