When the village of Shrewsbury's own sheriff, Gilbert Prestcote, is taken prisoner by the Empress Maud's forces, its citizens are prepared to exchange him for a man of equal value they have within their possession. But soon after Prestcote arrives for the prisoner exchange, he dies. Was it death by natural causes or a most unnatural murder?
Not my favorite Cadfael
This was not my favortie Cadfael, but sill a good story. At least this one had a battle scene in it, and was not just about the murder and Cadfael's attempt to unit the star-crossed lovers. Those elements are here, as always, but the lovers here are young, impetous, and not always worth rooting for. But Cadfael always manages to tie it up nicely in the end...