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 likely be granted primacy in his country. At stake is way various disputed issues of formality; Oswy's choice may perhaps have an effect on 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. to be able 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 take place and a treasonous plot opposed to Oswy matures, Fidelma and Eadulf quickly locate themselves operating out of time.
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Extra info for Absolution by Murder (A Sister Fidelma Mystery) (Mystery of Ancient Ireland)
I came to warn you, that is all. I have fulfilled my obligation to the Son of God. - Abbess Hilda stared at the beggar as he closed his mouth firmly and thrust his chin out in defiance. She bit her lip for a moment, disturbed by the man's manner as much as by his message, but then her features reformed in an expression of annoyance. She glanced towards the sister who had disturbed her. "Take this insolent churl and have him whipped," she said curtly. The two brothers tightened their hold on the beggar's arms and dragged him, struggling, from the chamber.
Sister Fidelma nodded slowly. " "That may be so, Fidelma," Colman interrupted with an air of condescension. "'" Hilda cast a glance of annoyance at Colman. His comparison of Northumbria to a wilderness was another demonstration of his superior attitudes, which had increasingly annoyed her over the last three years. She nearly made a rejoinder, but hesitated and turned back to Fidelma. She was disconcerted to find the bright green eyes fixed penetratingly on her as if the girl could read her thoughts.
She was a young woman, tall but well proportioned, a fact scarcely concealed by her somber dress. Rebellious strands of red hair streaked from beneath her headdress. Her pale-skinned features were attractive and her eyes were bright and it was difficult to discern whether they were blue or green, so changeable with emotion were they. "Come away, Sister Fidelma," muttered her male companion in agitation. " The woman addressed as Sister Fidelma grimaced in vexation at his anxious tone. " she re ABSOLUTION BY MURDER sponded.
Absolution by Murder (A Sister Fidelma Mystery) (Mystery of Ancient Ireland) by Peter Tremayne