The Sanctuary Sparrow by Ellis Peters

The Sanctuary Sparrow by Ellis Peters

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Brother Cadfael races to save a young man he believes is falsely accused of robbery— before the protection of sanctuary expires

In the gentle Shrewsbury spring of 1140, the midnight matins at the Benedictine abbey suddenly reverberate with an unholy sound—a hunt in full cry. Pursued by a drunken mob, the quarry is running for its life. When the frantic creature bursts into the nave to claim sanctuary, Brother Cadfael finds himself fighting off armed townsman to save a terrified young man. 

Liliwin, a wandering minstrel who performed at the wedding of a local goldsmith's son, has been accused of robbery and murder. The cold light of morning, however, will show his supposed victim, the miserly craftsman, still lives, although a strongbox lies empty. Brother Cadfael believes Liliwin is innocent, but finding the truth and the treasure before Liliwin's respite in sanctuary runs out may uncover a deadlier sin than thievery—a desperate love that nothing, not even the threat of hanging, can stop.


“Each addition to the series is a joy. Long may the Chronicles continue.” —USA Today

“Medieval England comes marvelously alive.” —Washington Post

“Murderous though they be, the Ellis Peters books set in 12th-century Britain have the freshness of a new world at dawn... Peters weaves a complex, colorful and at times quite beautiful tapestry. Medieval of course.” —Houston Post

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