Summer Repeat: Cadfael Is My Comfort Object


The Frock Flicks team is taking a little time off for a summer break, so we’re repeating some choice posts from the archives.

We all have something we return to again and again — our old reliable, our one true fave, our comfort zone. For a week of summer repeats, we’re relaxing with the frock flicks we love best. For Sarah, that’s Cadfael mysteries. Find out why!


Cadfael Is My Comfort Object



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4 Responses

  1. Susan Pola Staples

    I, too, am a lover of all things Cadfael. Well, except for the costumes and multiple Hughs. I’m Team Pertwee.
    One of the things I love about the series is Derrick Jacobi’s brilliant portrayal of the monk who had travelled extensively, had knowledge of herbs and healing. And still is curious about his surroundings.
    I too want to punch, well dragon feed Brother Smarmy Jerome.
    And Cadfael’s monastic superiors – the Abbots – there were 2 have completely different personas besides being called to God. One’s more in the world, the other more of a cloistered saint. If I’m expressing myself understandablely.

  2. M.E. Lawrence

    Note that the books are wonderful comfort reads, and beautifully written–they convey the period without getting too quaint-and-medieval.

  3. Kathleen Werner

    Love Cadfael, love Sir Derek Jacobi as Cadfael, and I love the books by Ellis Peters. The books are very well-written and although they are great reads, they are not easy reads. She was an excellent author who researched very well and didn’t skimp on complicated language. The fact that they take place during the Anarchy period makes everything even more interesting, and one day I will make it to Shrewsbury!
    I thought I was the only person under 60 who liked these films so I feel better now, thanks everyone.

  4. MoHub

    One thing I’ve particularly loved is the choice of period. We rarely see depictions of the Stephen vs. Maud era in English history, and it’s one that deserves far more attention.