The Raven at the Foregate Book Summary and Study Guide

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In “The Raven at the Foregate,” the 12th Brother Cadfael mystery, we find the
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venerable Benedictine brother embroiled in solving another murder. A young, albeit
zealous, priest has been assigned to the parish of Holy Cross, known as the Foregate. So
enthusiastic is he that he soon alienates most of his parish members, and when his body is
discovered in the millpond, not many care, he was so disliked. However, to Brother
Cadfael, this is murder, not acccidental death. Too, the struggle between King Stephen
and Empress Maud continues to rage and an agent of Maud's is suspected to be in
Shrewsbury (which is a Stephen town)--and the intrigue continues. It is up to Cadfael, the
former crusader, and his friend Sheriff Hugh Berenger to solve both cases. But first they
have to set a trap....
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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1600-1899 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   nearly 100% Kind of investigator    -   british mystery (I say!) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Age:    -   40's-50's


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Unusual forms of death    -   drowned Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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