A year after Brother Ruald answers his vocation and becomes a monk at Shrewsbury, a body, believed to be his deserted wife, is unearthed near his cottage.



(screenplay), (based upon "The Potter's Field" by) (as Ellis Peters)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Terrence Hardiman ...
Mel Martin ...
Jack Klaff ...
Sioned Jones ...
Peter Baldwin ...
Prior Mortimer
Peter Aubrey ...
Philip Herbert ...
Rabble Rouser
Shane Hickmott ...


When the Brothers find the body of a dead woman buried in a farmer's field given to them by Lord Blount, the suspicion is that she is Generys, the wife of one time potter Brother Ruald, who had abandoned her a year previously to follow his vocation and joining the monastery. Ruald denies any responsibility for his wife's death and when the identity of the victim is brought into question, Brother Cadfael sets off to determine just who was killed and why. While Cadfael successfully identifies the killer, there is little that can be done to bring the culprit to justice. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery






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23 December 1998 (UK)  »

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Gunnild: Bread and shelter! Bread and shelter! What about my other needs?
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Was it even murder? And, how did she get there?
16 January 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode of Cadfael begins with a body being uncovered while someone is plowing a field. The body appears to be that of a woman--dead about a year. But who she is and how she got there is a bit of a mystery.

At this point, the show does a flashback. The couple who lived on this land a year ago had an odd breakup of their marriage. The husband announced that he had received signs from God that he was to abandon the marriage and join the monastery. While this seems highly dubious, nonetheless, the friars accept him and show a pitiful amount of passion for his wife. And, it is now thought that the corpse they discovered was this wronged wife. What's next? Well, see this one for yourself--just understand that it might not be a murder mystery at all but more a mystery about how the body came to be buried there in the first place.

I like this particular show because it's tough to predict what's happened. There is no evil rich person who deserves to die (the typical victim on the show) nor is there a real bad guy in the film (aside from the husband who joined the order). It's nice to see that the shows are not falling into a predictable rut with this one. Well worth seeing.

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