- The Rose Rent
Infobox Book |
name = The Rose Rent
image_caption = Cover of the Grand Central Publishing paperback edition
genre = Mystery
publisher = William Morrow and Company
pub_date = 1986
media_type = Print (
hardcover, paperback) & audio book
pages = 190 pp (hardcover edition), 240 pp (paperback edition)
isbn = ISBN 0333426827 (hardcover edition) , ISBN 0446405337 (paperback edition)
The Raven in the Foregate
The Hermit of Eyton Forest
"The Rose Rent" is a medieval
mystery novelset in the summer of 1142by Ellis Peters, first published in 1986. This is the thirteenth novel in the Brother Cadfaelseries. It was adapted for television in 1997 by Central for ITV.
Explanation of the novel's title
A widow enters into a
charterwith the Shrewsbury Abbeyin which they take rights to the property where she lived with her recently deceased husband and daughter, the rent to be paid for the property is a single white rose from the bush on the north wall on the property which must be delivered to her each year on the feast day of Saint Winifred.
In the spring of
1142the friarsof Shrewsbury Abbeyare thinking of the approaching feast day of Saint Winifred. On that day the abbeymust pay the rent on a piece of property given to it by the widow Judith Perle. Her husband and child died within twenty days of each other four years ago. She made a charterwith the abbeywhere they would be given her house and gardens where she had lived, in exchange for a single white rose from the garden, to be delivered to her on the the feast day of Saint Winifred. Brother Eluric, who had delivered the rose for the past three years asks AbbotRadulfus to be released from this duty, as he is tormented by his desire for the widow Perle. AbbotRadulfus releases him and with the help of Cadfael he decides to have Niall the bronzesmith, who rents the property from the abbey, to deliver the rose. Judith Perle has several suitors but is not interested in marrying again. She discusses with Sister Magdalen the option of taking the veil and living with the sisters at Godric's Ford. Sister Magdalen convinces her to wait but says that her door is always open if she is in need of a place to rest and think.
Niall keeps his daughter with relatives in nearby Pulley. He returns from an overnight visit and finds that the white rose bush has been hacked up and at its base is Brother Eluric, dead with a knife by his side. While investigating the scene, Brother Cadfael finds a distinctive footprint and makes a wax impression. Cadfael tells Judith of Brother Eluric's desire for her. Upon going to bed that night, Judith tells her servent Branwen that, in the morning she is going to the
abbeyto draw up a new charterand make the gift of the property unconditional. The next day, Judith fails to arrive at the abbeyand eventually is presumed missing. Hugh, Cadfael and AbbotRadulfus believe that Judith may have been kidnapped, perhaps to be forced into a marriage. If the rose is not delivered into her hands the charterwould be broken and the property would be in control of the husband. The search begins and Cadfael finds the bronzetag from Judith's girdlethat Niall had just repaired for her. It was found under a bridge where a boat had been hauled up in hiding. Cadfael's search of the river with Maddog finds a stolen boat discarded downstream on the River Severn. Bertred had seen something on the night that Judith Perle had announced that she would be going to the abbeyto remake the charter. One of Hynde's men left suddenly after the announcement. It had come to him that Hynde was behind the disappearance of Judith Perle. He believed he knew where she was being held. In the middle of the night, he made his way to the old counting-house that had been securely shuttered and barred earlier that day. Bertred could hear Judith Perle inside with her gaoler, Vivian Hynde. He had been holding onto the sill and eventually it gave way and made a sound which alerted those within and the watchman. Bertred runs toward the river to escape. The watchman and his dog follow and the watchman gives him a glancing blow in the head but Bertred dives into the water, hits some rocks and is knocked senseless. He is not followed by either the watchman or the dog as they believe he is across the river.
Back in the counting-house, Judith convinces Vivian to take her to Sister Magdalen where she will say she has been in retreat during the past days and she promises not to reveal the truth about Vivian. She just wants this episode behind her. Someone came upon Bertred in the shallows and checked to see if he was alive and kicked him out into the current of the river. Cadfael, on a walk along the river the next morning, finds the dead body of Bertred. After examining Bertred's body, Cadfael noticed that Bertred's boots are a match for the wax impression of the boot found near the rose bush when Brother Eluric was killed. They have apparently found the murderer of Brother Eluric. Hugh and Cadfael talk to the watchman and discover that Bertred had been at the Vivian Hynde's storehouse the night before, where they find the broken window sill. They ask to search within but find nothing, even in the locked room where Judith had been held. Naill goes to Pulley to visit his daughter. He begins to think about bringing his daughter home for good, but she needs a mother. On his return, in the middle of the night he hears sounds and takes cover believing he can hear bandits. He sees a man leading a woman on a horse and recognizes that it is Judith Perle. He follows them for an hour until he hears Judith tell the man that he must leave her here as she knows the way. After the man leaves, he approaches closer when suddenly he hears her scream as someone is attacking her with a knife. He struggles with Judith and her attacker and eventually knocks the knife away after getting a gash on his left arm. He and Judith continue to the Benedictine nuns at Godrick's Ford. Judith tells Sister Magdalene their story and she agrees to go along with Judith's deception about being with the Sisters for three days. Sister Magdalene accompanies them back to
After her reunion at her home, Judith tells her tale of being attacked to Hugh. She tells him the truth about her abduction, that after mastering her captor she just wants the affair to end and will not bear witness against him. She tells how the man was with her when they heard Bertred fall and run off and be chased by the night watchman, so he could not have killed Bertred. Cadfael asks one of Judith Perle's servants to obtain two left shoes for him from her household. The servant returns and Cadfael examines the first that belonged to Bertred. It does not match the mold of the print from Brother Eluric's murder. The other shoe does match. Thinking there might be trouble with the rose bush, Cadfael investigates and finds that the Bush is on fire. Someone has covered it with oil and dropped a burning torch on it. Hugh visits Judith Perle and her cousin Miles and asks Miles when he gave his boots to Bertred. Miles' mother revealas that it was the day they had found Brother Eluric dead. Miles had killed Brother Eluric and later given his boots to Bertred. Hugh then confronts him as the murderer of Brother Eluric, Bertred and the attempt to kill Judith Perle. Miles admits to killing Brother Eluric but says it was not murder. Brother Eluric came at him like a madman and he was just trying to get away. Later, after Miles had been taken away, Niall arrives at Judith's house with a white rose. He had picked it the night before the fire, he delivers the rose rent and begins to leave, but Judith asks him to stay.
Characters in "The Rose Rent"
Brother Cadfaelis a Benedictine monkand herbalistat Shrewsbury Abbeyin Shrewsbury.
*Hugh Beringar — Sheriff of
*Abbot Radulfus — Head of
*Judith Perle — Widow and sole mistress of the Vertiers' clothier business
*Brother Eluric — a brother at
*Sister Magdalen — A sister at the Benedictine cell at Godric's Ford
*Niall — a bronzesmith who had a shop and workshop on the property give to the abbey by Judith Perle
*Miles Coliar — Judith Perle's cousin, he manages the family business for Judith.
*Vivian Hynde — Suitor of Judith Perle, owned the biggest sheep flock in the cental western uplands of the shire
*Branwen — Servant girl in the house of Judith Perle.
*Godfrey Fuller — Suitor of Judith Perle, a local merchant
*Bertred — Judith Perle's foreman weaver.
*Madog of the Dead-Boat — An expert in locating people who have drowned in the river
Literary significance and reception
Library Journalreview in 1987 said that "twelfth century England blossoms again as Cadfael in his understated way moves through the now familiar environs of Shrewsbury piecing together a devious plan that went awry."cite journal|date=1987-06-01|title=The Rose Rent: the thirteenth chronicle of Brother Cadfael|journal=Library Journal; , Vol. 112 Issue 10, p131|volume=Vol. 112|issue=Issue 10|pages=p131|issn=03630277]
Film, TV or theatrical adaptations
"The Rose Rent" was adapted into a television program as part of the
Brother Cadfaelseries by Central for ITV. It filmed on location in Hungaryand starred Sir Derek Jacobi.cite book|last=Pratt|first=Doug|title=Doug Pratt's DVD: Movies, Television, Music, Art, Adult, And More!|publisher=UNET 2 Corporation|page=p211-212|date=2004|isbn=1932916008|url=http://books.google.com/books?id=DTUw1SDQECoC&pg=PA211&dq=cadfael+%22rose+rent%22&ei=yMd9SOf7Coj2jgHq2ZztDw&sig=ACfU3U0JLHjAxx1nXv0H9yF2R_mWP8xu7A#PPA211,M1] cite web|url=http://store.aetv.com/html/product/index.jhtml?id=34627&name=The+Cadfael+Collection+DVD|title= The Cadfael Collection DVD|accessdate=2008-08-07]
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
The Sword in the Stone (film) — The Sword in the Stone Original theatrical release poster Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman Produc … Wikipedia
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology — Infobox University name = Rose Hulman Institute of Technology motto = Labor et scientia (Labor and Knowledge) established = 1874 (details) type = private coeducational endowment = $202.9 million president = Gerald Jakubowski faculty = 158… … Wikipedia
The Golden Girls — Infobox Television show name = The Golden Girls caption = rating = TV PG format = Sitcom runtime = 25 minutes (22 minutes for syndication) creator = Susan Harris starring = Beatrice Arthur Betty White Rue McClanahan Estelle Getty opentheme =… … Wikipedia
The Star of the County Down — Liedtext Near to Banbridge town, in the County Down, One morning in July, Down a boreen green came a sweet colleen And she smiled as she passed me by; Oh, she looked so sweet from her two white feet, To the sheen of her nut brown hair, Sure the… … Deutsch Wikipedia
The Girl Behind the Counter — Infobox Musical name = The Girl Behind the Counter subtitle = caption = music = Howard Talbot lyrics = Arthur Anderson Percy Greenbank book = Arthur Anderson Leedham Bantok basis = productions = 1906 West End 1907 Broadway awards = The Girl… … Wikipedia
The Young and the Restless minor characters — The following are characters from the American soap opera The Young and the Restless who are notable for their actions or relationships, but who do not warrant their own articles. Contents 1 Current Characters 1.1 Genevieve … Wikipedia
The Gregory Brothers — at ROFLCon II. Top row: Evan Gregory and Sarah Fullen Gregory; Bottom row: Andrew Rose Gregory and Michael Gregory. Background information … Wikipedia
The Byzantine Empire — The Byzantine Empire † Catholic Encyclopedia ► The Byzantine Empire The ancient Roman Empire having been divided into two parts, an Eastern and a Western, the Eastern remained subject to successors of Constantine, whose capital was at … Catholic encyclopedia
The Diary of Alicia Keys — Studio album by Alicia Keys Released Dece … Wikipedia
The Whitechapel Murders (1888-91) — were a series of eleven unsolved brutal murders of women committed in Whitechapel, in the East End of London between 3 April 1888 and 13 February 1891. At various points all of them have been ascribed to the notorious, but elusive, individual… … Wikipedia