The BEST episodes of Cadfael

Every episode of Cadfael ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Cadfael!

Brother Cadfael is a twelfth-century Anglo-Welsh monk created by the late Edith Pargeter writing under the pen name of Ellis Peters. A retired crusader disappointed in love, now a herbalist in charge of the gardens of Shrewsbury Abbey, Cadfael (played by Derek Jacobi) is often called on to solve murders and other crimes in and around Shrewsbury, Shropshire, in the border country where England meets Wales.

Last Updated: 1/29/2024Network: ITV1Status: Ended
A Morbid Taste for Bones
64 votes

#1 - A Morbid Taste for Bones

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 8/25/1996

The monks of Shrewsbury go to Wales to recover the bones of St Winifred. But their attempted bribery of the Welsh puts them at odds with the local residents - and when the local landowner is found murdered, the monks are regarded as prime suspects.

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St Peter's Fair
82 votes

#2 - St Peter's Fair

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 8/19/1997

Cadfael puts Hugh Beringar to the test, and Hugh has to choose between loyalty to the king and friendship with Cadfael. Meanwhile, at the annual St Peter's Fair in Shrewsbury, townspeople come into conflict with the Abbey's officers and with visiting merchants. A curfew is ordered, but not fully observed - then Cadfael finds he has a murder to solve.

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The Virgin in the Ice
119 votes

#3 - The Virgin in the Ice

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 12/26/1995

Cadfael's novice, Brother Oswin, is found close to death, babbling about a woman. When a nun is found raped, murdered and encased in the ice of a frozen stream, Oswin is accused of murder. Cadfael tracks the nun's companion, Ermina Hugonin, and sets out to prove Oswin's innocence.

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The Holy Thief
84 votes

#4 - The Holy Thief

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 6/23/1998

Dalny, a beautiful slave girl, is abducted from the Abbey - and the relics of St Winifred are also spirited away, apparently by the same thief. Cadfael is commissioned to find them both.

Writer: Ben Rostul
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The Pilgrim of Hate
110 votes

#5 - The Pilgrim of Hate

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 12/28/1998

The dead body of an elderly man is found hidden in a sack at the Abbey, and Cadfael believes he was murdered. The principal suspects are a group of pilgrims, who include two known thieves. Cadfael locks them up, in a bid to draw out the killer.

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The Potter's Field
111 votes

#6 - The Potter's Field

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 12/23/1998

A potter's wife dies suddenly, and he gives up his old life to enter the Abbey, but the other monks suspect him of having killed his wife. As Cadfael investigates the death he finds a curious web of jealousy, infidelity and suicide.

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The Raven in the Foregate
108 votes

#7 - The Raven in the Foregate

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 8/26/1997

Cadfael is on a double murder hunt following the deaths of a pregnant girl and the priest who refused to take her confession.

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The Rose Rent
111 votes

#8 - The Rose Rent

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 8/12/1997

The recently-widowed wife, Judith Perle, of a rich merchant becomes the object of interest for the men of Shrewsbury. But then a monk and one of her suitors are murdered.

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Monk's Hood
116 votes

#9 - Monk's Hood

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 6/19/1994

A rich landowner cuts his stepson out of his will to leave his fortune to Shrewsbury Abbey, and is found poisoned. When Cadfael is called in to investigate, he is shocked to find that the dead man's wife is his own childhood sweetheart, whom he has not seen for forty years.

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The Sanctuary Sparrow
126 votes

#10 - The Sanctuary Sparrow

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 6/5/1994

When Shrewsbury's goldsmith is robbed and left for dead, the locals launch a witch-hunt. Pursued by the mob, the prime suspect, a young juggler who performed at the wedding of the goldsmith's son, seeks sanctuary at the Abbey. But as Cadfael investigates, a second body is found floating in the River Severn.

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The Devil's Novice
115 votes

#11 - The Devil's Novice

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 8/18/1996

A rich priest is found killed, and the finger of suspicion points to a new monk at Shrewsbury Abbey. Meanwhile, a civil war raging around England is piling political pressures on the Abbot. Cadfael investigates the murder and uncovers a tangled web of dishonesty and nepotism.

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One Corpse Too Many
225 votes

#12 - One Corpse Too Many

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 5/29/1994

Brother Cadfael has settled down to a quiet religious life at Shrewsbury Abbey after an adventurous, and far from monastic, youth. But when he uncovers a murder, he turns detective to solve the crime.

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The Leper of St. Giles
121 votes

#13 - The Leper of St. Giles

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 6/12/1994

A great wedding is to take place at the Abbey, between a beautiful young girl and a powerful baron. But this is no love match, and when the baron disappears before the wedding, Cadfael is on the case.

Writer: Paul Pender
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