Ellis Peters

Ellis  Peters

Ellis Peters is a pen name for Edith Mary Pargeter (1913-1995), a British author recognized with popularizing the historical mystery with her book Chronicles of Brother Cadfael. Cadfael, a Welsh Benedictine monk who lived at Shrewsbury Abbey in the first half of the twelfth century, has been described as having a fascinating mind and the daring of a knight-errant. The character has been adapted for television, and the books have brought Shrewsbury and its history to the attention of the world. For Death and the Cheerful Woman, Pargeter earned an Edgar Award in 1963, and the Cartier Diamond Dagger, an annual prize granted by the Crime Writers' Association of Great Britain, in 1993. In 1994, she was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire, and the British Crime Writers' Association created the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger award, which was eventually renamed the Ellis Peters Historical Award, in 1999.