THE FIRE-BROTHER by Kevin Crossley-Holland


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A year after the 7th century missionary Cedd, The Sea Stranger (KR, 1974), built his monastery and young Wulf, a convert, moved in, the harvest is bad and people blame the monks for persuading them not to sacrifice to Freya. Then Wulfs resentful brother sets the monastery on fire and flees. Although the huts all burn and only the great stone church is left, Cedd sends Wulf after his fleeing brother with a message of forgiveness and a plea to return. This has more action than its predecessor but the same pious tone; mostly its specialized interest lies in the glimpse of the routines and rituals of early monks.

Pub Date: Aug. 4th, 1975
Page count: 595pp
Publisher: Seabury