Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Cadfael is a TV series that aired in the mid 90's on the BBC. Cadfael is a Benedictine monk and herbalist played by Derek Jacobi. The series takes place in the middle ages in England and every episode involves Cadfael conducting a murder investigation while attempting to solve a mystery. It is kind of like Medieval Sherlock Holmes or CSI Dark Ages. Aside from life in a monastery, the series features, cathedrals, apothecaries, lepers, plague, civil war, religious pilgrimages, flagellation, superstition, and a bunch of unsolved murders.

What impresses me most about the series is the authentic feel it has. From the costumes, to the sets, one gets a feel of how miserable it would be do live in the 12th century. Some episodes are better than others, but I found most to be educational, insightful, and very entertaining. Especially if you enjoy the Middle Ages. Check them out on DVD from Netflix sometime. I give it a rating of 8.1 stars.

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