Ellis Peters (Edith Pargeter) (1913 – 1995)

Author and creator of the Shrewsbury sleuth and Medieval monk Brother Cadfael

Born in Horsehay, Shropshire on the 28th September 1913. She was a well-known author who wrote in many different genres especially history and historical fiction but is perhaps best known for her murder mysteries, both historical and modern

Her upbringing and Welsh ancestry influenced her numerous novels with many being set around the Shropshire borders and having Welsh protagonists. Although she wrote under many pseudonyms but it was under the name of Ellis Peters that she wrote her highly popular series of Brother Cadfael medieval mystery novels. Set in Shrewsbury and focussed around his life in Shrewsbury Abbey many of these stories were filmed for television in the 1990s and are still available to view on drama channels.

Edith Pargeter undertook an administrative role in the Women's Royal Naval Service during the second World War, and was awarded the British Empire Medal - BEM. Edith Pargeter died on the 14th October 1995.

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