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 judge which will probably be granted primacy in his country. At stake is way various disputed issues of formality; Oswy's choice may perhaps 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. for you to diffuse the tensions that threaten to erupt into civil battle, 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 kin of hereditary magistrates) to discover the killer. yet as extra murders happen and a treasonous plot opposed to Oswy matures, Fidelma and Eadulf quickly locate themselves working out of time.
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The Angles and Saxons who dwelt there seemed to live by a harsh code of penalties for those who transgressed their laws, from an assortment of mutilations of the body to execution by the most painful means devised, the most common and humane being by hanging. The sight of one more unfortunate suspended on a tree no longer troubled them. What had caused the party to draw rein on their mounts, an assortment of horses and mules, was something else. The party of travelers consisted of four men and two women.
The man strained forward into the cutting wind, leaning against the dark oak of the ship's high prow, his narrowed eyes searching the distant coastline. The wind moaned softly as it ruffled his dark hair, causing his cheeks to redden and tugging at his brown, homespun woollen habit. The man clutched at the rail with both hands, even though the rise and fall of the deck beneath his feet was gentle over waves made restless by the wailing coastal wind. The seas were choppy, with little white feathers seeming to dance across the gray seascape.
The Abbess Hilda raised a delicate hand to hide her smile. She knew that Colman had little time for women. He was one of the ascetics who argued that marriage was incompatible with spiritual life. Among most of the Christian clergy of Ireland, and among the Britons, marriage and procreation was not regarded as a sin. Indeed, many of the religious houses were communities of brothers and sisters in Christ who cohabited, working together for the furtherance of the faith. Hilda's own foundation of Streoneshalh itself was a "double house" in that both men and women lived and dedicated their lives and children to the work of God.
Absolution by Murder (A Sister Fidelma Mystery) (Mystery of Ancient Ireland) by Peter Tremayne