Now that you have finished the book [you HAVE finished, right?], what do you think of how the various plot lines were tied up for the following people:
- Peredur, Engelard, and Sioned;
- Rhisiart and Saint Winifred;
- Brother John and Annest; and,
- Brother Columbanus and Brother Jerome.
Do you think Brother Cadfael's solution to the problem of the bones was a good one? Why are so many people willing to believe what Cadfael has to say concerning what happened at the chapel during the night of the final vigil?
This novel has a strong thread of religion running through it, and religious practice is quite important during this time. Abbeys are considered religious strongholds where anyone can find spiritual help and physical healing. Do you think it matters whether Winifred's bones are in Shrewsbury or Gwytherin? Is it the belief of the pilgrims or the power of the bones that is responsible for the miracles after the reliquary is brought to Shrewsbury Abbey? Is seeing believing... or is believing seeing?
Which did you prefer--the book or the film? Why? [Be specific!] Does Derek Jacobi's performance match YOUR vision of Cadfael? What about the other characters, for example, Brother John, Brother Columbanus, Prior Robert, and Brother Jerome? Do you think you will look for and read the next book in this series--One Corpse Too Many? Why or why not?
Of course, you can also add any other thoughts you had about the book and the film too!
Teacher Barb :)