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The Council of the Cursed (Sister Fidelma, Book 19)

By Peter Tremayne

Whilst Bishop Leodegar of Autun calls upon the church leaders from western Europe to wait a council, it truly is to be a gathering haunted by means of surprising loss of life and intrigue. It's advert 670, and the Council of Autun is assembly to debate serving a last devastating blow to the Celtic Church. but if a clash among delegate ends up in the homicide of the manager delegate from Hibernia, the total Council is at risk. Sister Fidelma and her spouse, Brother Eadulf, arrive in Autun to behave as advisors to the Irish delegation. among the autocratic Bishop Leodegar and the malignant abbess, mom Audofleda, an online of sinister intrigue quickly spreads. The robbery of a invaluable reliquary field, the disappearance of girls and kids and rumours of a slave alternate make this essentially the most sinister puzzles that Fidelma and Eadulf have ever faced...

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And no witnesses have come ahead? I suggest, not anyone who observed Brother Gillucán go away the abbey, go through town gates or spotted if somebody was once following him? i assumed guards have been on the urban gates for all time. ’ ‘I am instructed through Brother Chilperic that the guards observed nobody. nobody in any respect. inform me, Fidelma, do you think there's a few connection among the deaths of Dabhóc and Gillucán? ’ ‘I want i'll provide you with a solution, Ségdae. On face price, there turns out none, and but i don't fullyyt think in coincidences. ’ ‘So you've got come to no conclusions as but? ’ ‘Not but. ’ ‘So unhappy, so sad,’ muttered the abbot. ‘Brother Gillucán was once leaving for domestic this morning. He advised me that there have been a few pilgrims going again to the 5 kingdoms who have been staying within the urban. He was once speculated to be vacationing with them. ’ ‘It could were higher to have joined their party,’ agreed Fidelma, happy that the query used to be raised, as she couldn't have pointed out that Gillucán himself had informed her as a lot. ‘What made him switch his brain? ’ ‘I don’t know,’ spoke back the abbot. ‘He appeared surprisingly worried final evening. the 1st I knew that he had left on his personal was once whilst Brother Chilperic introduced the discovering of the physique. ’ ‘Who have been the pilgrims? ’ ‘Three participants of the group of Mágh Bhíle within the north. that they had been staying as visitors of a prosperous woman during this urban. Beretrude is her identify. ’ Fidelma didn't let herself to teach any popularity of the identify and was hoping Eadulf wouldn't say something. ‘Do we all know even if he contacted those 3 pilgrims earlier than he left? ’ ‘We don’t. i'm advised they left this morning. ’ ‘Are many non secular attacked via robbers in the sort of model in those elements? ’ requested Eadulf. ‘According to Brother Chilperic, it's strange for a non secular to be killed via robbers. they're frequently in basic terms in funds or items, now not in taking a existence. ’ ‘Yet terrible Brother Gillucán used to be stripped and robbed and, even if we can't confirm, his bare physique was once defiled by means of being thrown into excrement,’ Fidelma saw thoughtfully. ‘The conditions sound strange no less than. ’ Abbot Segdae looked her unhappily. ‘This council is popping right into a nightmare. If it weren't for the $64000 judgements that experience to be made, i might recommend that our delegation withdraw. ’ ‘That wouldn't be strong politics,’ Fidelma mentioned. ‘You are correct, in fact. We needs to remain occupied with the problems sooner than us. ’ The abbot rose all at once. ‘I will depart you presently, but when you come back throughout any info that could support me with my report back to Ségéne of Ard Macha…’ He didn't end yet left them. ‘Brother Sigeric may be fearful to listen to what we have now came across approximately Sister Valretrade,’ Eadulf advised her after they have been left on my own. ‘Then we’d larger inform him,’ Fidelma agreed. It was once transparent that her brain used to be in other places for the instant they usually left the hospitia in silence. they discovered Brother Sigeric at paintings within the library, sitting quietly in a nook transcribing a few manuscript. He seemed up and an expression of wish quick flitted throughout his face.

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