THE VIRGIN IN THE ICE
EXT. BOTERELL'S MANOR - NEXT DAY
Beringer and Cadfael are riding their horses over a field
road...in the distance is rather large structure...Boterell's
CADFAEL (off camera) I think we will get worse
news at Boterell's Manor.
INT. THE MANOR - DAY
It is the master bedroom...we see feet and bare hands under
bright red covers. A SERVANT enters through a wooden door.
Beringer and Cadfael follow him in.
SERVANT Me Lord Boterell?...My Lord Boterell? The
King's Officer Hugh Beringer to see you from Shrewsbury...and a
CADFAEL Brother Cadfael...my Lord.
They all come closer. The Servant comes and helps BOTERELL
out of bed.
BOTERELL You--You are most welcome. God knows we have
need of you in these parts. I'm afraid you will find me some
disarray...I've been in a fever these past few days.
BACK TO CADFAEL
CADFAEL Lord Brothrell...Ever since the Sub Pryor of
Wuster sent word that they have been lost, we have been in
search of Lady Ermina and her companions...Her brother...Yves we
BOTERELL Praise God! And...Sister Hilaria?
CADFAEL Sister Hilaria is dead. Defiled and murdered
most likely by the same outlaws that attacked your manor.
BOTERELL (shaken) Dead! Oh God no! I
thought---I thought she had escaped with Brother Oswin.
BERINGER Where is the Lady Ermina? Yves said you
BOTERELL I--I don't know where she is.
INT. MANOR KITCHEN - SAME DAY
Someone is pour a glass of wine into Beringer 's cup...Boterell
is at the other end of the table...Cadfael is looking to his
BOTERELL Augh! The bandit chief will be smarting with
the nick I gave him. But in the end...he had the better of me.
CADFAEL Now...How does that feel.
BOTERELL Much better...brother. You have a healing
touch. I--I could do no more---I had Ermina to save. I took
her...and rode away...deep into the woods.
BERINGER How is it you came to lose her?
BOTERELL You cannot charge me more bitterly than I
have accussed myself! She was frantic with tears for her
brother...and went back to look for him.
BERINGER You let her go alone?
BOTERELL No! I went after her---but lost her in the
darkness. I rode some miles before I fainted from my wounds and
fell from my horse. Thank God, my Steward found me.
BERINGER Well---We must continue our search. (he
gets up and takes his sword) If you hear word of her, send
for us at Shrewsbury.
BOTERELL I will my Lord...now that I have my legs
back. I'll keep looking--- (he begins to get up with
difficulty) ---until she's fou----nd!
Cadfael rushes to his side to help him.
CADFAEL I think you should rest your injries...a day
or two longer... yes...and your mind too! We are all on the same
quest. Between us ...we shall find Ermina.
Boterell smiles slightly as they all leave.
EXT. OUTSIDE BOTERELL MANOR ON THE ROAD - DAY
Beringer and Cadfael ride away from the manor...snow is falling.
BERINGER Man stays home to nurse his cuts and
abrasions...when his bride is lost.
CADFAEL Oh don't be so hard on him, Hugh! He suffered
Cadfael looks up and outward.
BERINGER Where do we look now?
CADFAEL I fear we must break off the search for
today...there's a storm coming from the east.
BERINGER Storm! There's hardly a breath to stir this
EXT. SHREWBURY ABBEY COURTYARD - NIGHT
The wind is fierce as people seek shelter in and around
Cadfael is holding Brother Oswins hand.
CADFAEL Well....I must be getting to vespers. I,
Robert and Brother Jerome have my faults by heart...it wouldn't
do to give them lateness to office as well. He puts his left
hand on Oswin's head. Come back to us, Oswin...I miss you
boy...I'd sacrifice a thousand pots to your clumsiness...only
Yves comes up as Cadfael gets up from Oswin's bed.
(he continues, whispering) You should be in bed.
YVES I don't want to sleep. Let me look after him
until after Vespers...has he said anything to help? Does he
CADFAEL No not yet...but he may! You sit with him
Cadfael leaves...Yves looks down as we HEAR the singing of
CLOSE ON CADFAEL...THEN MOVING AMONG THE MONKS AS THEY
BACK ON OSWIN
He awakens faintly hearing the vesper songs of his fellow monks.
He looks at Yves looking down on him.
OSWIN Your not of this house. But... I feel I should
YVES Oh you have no need...for short time...my name is
Yves Hugenot. You came to warn us at Boterell's Manor.
OSWIN The snow was threatening...I had medicines to
YVES Brother Cadfael found me and brought me
here...but my sister Ermina is still lost.
OSWIN Was there---a nun?
YVES Sister Hilaria.
OSWIN Hilaria. (HE BREATHES IN HARD) Hilaria!
Where is she?
Yves begins to back away...fearful at his outburst.
Brother Jerome stands behind him and stops his movement.
JEROME She's here...brother.............. Most
revrently tendered and coffined awaiting her sisters...she was
found ravished and murdered.
OSWIN N--No! De--dead?
JEROME It is forbidden to wish her back Brother...she
is with God!
OSWIN Oh---! No-o-o-! E--eaugh!
Oswin begins thrashing about the bed...screaming. Jerome
backs away as Yves tries to restrain him.
OSWIN (panicky) Dead! Lord--Forgive me! What
have I done?
He is clearly out of his head at this point...a baby
cries...Jerome looks and sees that Oswin's outburst are taking
notice by others in the infirmory.
OSWIN I have seen your death!
YVES (restraining him) You must not vex
yourself...sir! Lie down! You're too weakto rise!
OSWIN She had been with me! She had no fear of me! Oh
God forgive me!
Jerome...fearful begins to run out of the infirmary area
OSWIN What have I done!
With all his strength he throughs young Yves to the floor
and bolts out bed and runs to the door...opening it to the wind,
snow and the oncoming storm. Yves runs after him...the both slip
and stumble in the icy courtyard.
YVES (yelling) Oswin!
INT. VESPERS HALL
Rudolphus is giving the sign of the cross to the monks
Jerome runs in an interrupts.
JEROME Father Abbott! Come quickly! Brother Oswin has
Rudolphus quickly turns to the door and runs along with
Pryor and Cadfael close behind....the other Monks disburse.
ON CADFAEL IN THE COURTYARD
The storm is fierce as he runs out to the gate. Beringer is
there before he can get there.
BERINGER Cadfael! We'll never find him in this!
CADFAEL We must!
Beringer restrains the monk.
BERINGER We can't...it's hopeless! We'll track him
when its light! Come on! Come with me!
Cadfael gives up and is led back to the Sanctuary by
INT. SOMEWHERE IN THE ABBEY
Brother Cadfael, Brother Jerome and in background Beringer
CADFAEL Did he say...I killed Sister Hilaria? Or is
that the meaning you give us.
The Abbot and Pryor are at the table...the Abbott is
sitting and Pryor stands just behind him.
ABBOTT Give us his own words...Brother Jerome !
JEROME He said...Forgive me Sister! Forgive my
Weakness...my mortal sin...I have been your death!
PRYOR Why else would Brother Oswin run out into the
night...that he is guilty of something!
Beringer comes forward.
BERINGER Guilt or innocent...its for the law to
decide! It is not to say it's so, just because one fragment
PRYOR Even in so clear a fragment as a confession...my
BERINGER Listen to yourself...what are you saying? The
violation and murder of a young nun? For my own part, I don't
believe Brother Oswin is capable of such a deed! Cadfael?
Cadfael looks flustered.
CADFAEL I-I don't want to believe it...but I can't
deny they weren't together!
JEROME There! You see! Even Brother Cadfael will not
defend him! Brother Oswin is his favorite!
The Abbot slams his hand down on the table top.
ABBOTT That will do! Brother Jerome!
BERINGER So he may have run with Sister Hilaria after
the sacking of Boterell's Manor...but that does not mean what
JEROME There was blood on our dear Sister's shift..and
Brother Oswin was wounded.
BERINGER Do you think he could attack her... after
taking such a beating?
JEROME He might have done it before! The wounds he
received at the hands of the bandits, might have covered those
received by Sister Hilaria.
BERINGER Well you might as well say the Earth moves
around the Sun with so little proof! An answer that explains
life and death, must be an answer that explains all!
PLRYOR ...And if it's the wrong answer?
CADFAEL Truth...is never the wrong answer.
EXT. THE WOODED AREA (SCENE AT BEGINNING) - NIGHT
Yves is trying to stop Oswin as they plow through the storm
heading for the same cottage he and Hilaria took refuge the
YVES (yelling) Brother Oswin! Turn back! You'll
die out here! You're ill you should be in your bed!
They push on until Oswin suddenly stops and looks at....
EXT. THE SHELTER FROM THE NIGHT BEFORE
Yves looks too. They both head for it.....MONTAGE FADE TO:
EXT. IN THE WOODS - SUNRISE, THE NEXT MORNING
THE PATH....Cadfael leads a group of men including Beringer
...yelling out "Yves !" and "Oswin".
INT. THE SHELTER
Yves is holding Oswin in his arms...he hears the horses and his
name being called out from outside.
YVES (shaking Oswin) Oswin? Wake up---They've
come for us!
Oswin does not stir...Yves lays him down and goes outside
the hut. He runs along the path.
YVES (yells) Hey!!! Over here!!! Over here!!!
Praise God...I thought you'd never find us....
THE HORSEMEN STOP and dismount and it is then Yves
realizes that it isn't Beringer or Cadfael....but HIGHWAY
BANDITS. TWO BANDITS dismount and quickly grab the young boy.
THE BANDIT CHIEF comes up on his horse and removes his scarf
from his face.
BANDIT CHIEF Well...Well, what have we here...an
orphan from the storm.
The boy struggles.
YVES Let go! How dare you! Tell your men to let loose
hold of me!
BANDIT CHIEF Gwuine? Hand me up that toy he wears on
Gwuine hands the dagger to the Chief.
BANDIT CHIEF Hmmm.....silver...with precious pebbles
set in the hilt. Very fine! One of a pair...maybe. Where is the
other? Your sister...perhaps...Ermina!
The boy realizes who he is dealing with and is frightened.
BANDIT CHIEF Oh yes...my Lord Hugonan...I know who you
are...I think your uncle will pay handsomly to have you back.
The TWO UNDERBANDITS grab Yves and lead him off.
EXT. THE SAME WOODED ROAD - LATER ON IN THE DAY
Cadfael is leading his horse. A YOUNG WOMAN dressed in green
comes out of the wooded area not observing the Monk. Cadfael
comes up behind her and she is startled...she draws a dagger.
Cadfael grabs her wrist.
CADFAEL Good day...my Lady Ermina.
INT. SHREWSBURY ABBEY (THE BIG FIREPLACE)
Ermina paces back and forth in front of the fireplace. She goes
passed it walking toward an archway opening. ABBOT RUDOLPHUS and
Cadfael enter from an adjacent door.
ABBOTT What happened to you my child? Where have you
been til now?
ERMINA In a shelter...with a woodsman...and his
wife...they came for me lost in the forest, after the attack on
Abbot turns to Cadfael.
ABBOTT You were making your way here...when Brother
Cadfael found you?
ERMINA The Woodsman told me the way. I'm afraid you
made a poor exchange.., gaining me and losing Yves .
Cadfael, Beringer and Pryor look on.
ABBOTT Daughter! We are overjoyed to find you whole
ERMINA If there is anything I could do to help in the
CADFAEL There is but one way you can help and that is
you will remain here...don't take a step beyond these walls...so
that we can find your brother so that he can join you.
ABBOTT Lord Beringer ? I can rely on you to get this
happy news to Lord Bottrell?
ERMINA Richard survived?
BERINGER He did...small thanks to you. You acted very
foolishly my lady.
ERMINA Rather than scolding me, my lord, your energies
can be best spent looking for Yves ...or my tutor...Sister
Hilaria. ...I take it there is no word of her or--
She looks directly at the grave look on Cadfael's face.
INT. THE CHAPEL AREA - DAY
Sister Hilaria lays in state in an open coffin...Cadfael enters
with Ermina...he stops to let Ermina look...she comes toward the
ERMINA This is my work.
CADFAEL No...No...Nothing of the kind. A man did
this....he and he alone must answer for this.
ERMINA If I hadn't set my heart to marrying
Richard....Had I consented to go with Brother Oswin...Sister
Hilaria would be living now!(SHE BEGINS TO CRY)
CADFAEL No profit in this child..We go from where we
stand...we answer for own evils and we leave the rest to God.
ERMINA Where was God when Sister Hilaria was being
CADFAEL He was taking note of all...and making a place
beside Him. (SHE TURNS TO HIM) Do you wish her back from
such a place?
She falls into his arms crying.
ERMINA Why should I do so much harm! Ermina!
They turn from Hilaria's body and leave.
EXT. THE WOODED ROAD - DAY
The bandits are riding at a slow pace. Yves is on foot tied to a
donkey's tail. HE struggles with his bonds and manages to rip
his arm open on something sharp in the sack on the donkey's
back....leaving a blood trail. PULL BACK to reveal a desolate
INT. A ROOM AT THE ABBEY - DAY
Ermina is given a drink by Cadfael.
CADFAEL There you are...Now...Young lady I have some
questions for you and I expect some straight answers.
Cadfael moves over to the table and takes a bag and walks
overto the window area.
CADFAEL Mmmm..Who was this woodsman, who brought you
so near to us, but doesn't show himself?
ERMINA I wasn't with any woodsman...I told you I found
my own way here.
Cadfael begins to put things in the bag.
CADFAEL Naah! The truth now! I saw footprints in the
forest...much to large to be yours!
ERMINA Brother Cadfael (HE RESPONDS
"HUH?") What would happen to any of my Uncle's men
here if they came in search of us?
CADFAEL They would be held as prisoners-of-war....
that is the Undersherriff's duty! (He finishes the bag and
comes over to her).. But...It's not mine.
ERMINA You would not betray such a man.
CADFAEL I take no sides here...I sure that Hugh
Beringer would expect to go his way in every particular...But I
already have to tell you, that he has knowledge of a stranger in
these parts. A dark man...who wears a sword beneath his cloak.
He moves closer to her. She peers around him as if
checking if anyone would be hearing them.
ERMINA His name is Olivier Du Britannia.
CADFAEL Oh! He's French?
ERMINA Syrian. His mother was of that country and his
father was a knight of the Crusade. He lent toward his father's
faith and came to Jerusalem, where he took service with my
CADFAEL And he wasn't afraid to come here...to these
ERMINA He fears nothing! He is---bravery itself! If
you saw him once, you would hold him in great affection.
CADFAEL Very well. Your champion is quite safe with
me...(HE GOES OVER AND PICKS UP HIS CLOAK) I will do
nothing to uncover him....Now! Tell me about old Bohre
Ermina goes grave looking and gets up from the chair and
turns to her left, toward the window keeping her back to the
ERMINA I thought I loved him...but...(TURNS TO
CADFAEL) It was a childish fancy....by my folly, I have
brought my brother into danger...I never thought I'd hear myself
say it before...Yves means much more to me than Richard ever
CADFAEL Strange. It is the threat of loss, that makes
us realize what we value the most. (HE COMES FORWARD AND
TOUCHES HER CHEEK WITH THE BACK OF HIS HAND.) You will go
back to the guest house and take your rest.
EXT. THE BLOOD ON THE SNOW - DAY
Yves 's blood trail blots the snow in patches. He croutches low
to mules backside to see how the trail is doing.
EXT. THE WOODED CLIFF
A BANDIT HENCHMAN yells down to the Bandit Chief. It is clearly
INT. CADFAEL'S ROOM
He bends down to a chest and lifts something covered in cloth.
Moving the cloth back we see the hilt of sword or a dagger. He
takes the short sword dagger and puts it in the belt of his
monk's robe. He goes to the door and picks up the bag he had
before and goes out stopping in the doorway. He turns and looks
back in...then shuts the wooden door.
EXT. ABBEY COURTYARD
Father Abbot Rudolphus comes up to Cadfael, who is just about to
mount a horse.
ABBOTT Must you go?
CADFAEL Yes, Father I must. Ever since Brother Oswin
has come to our house, he has been like a son to me. (ON THE
ABBOTT;CADFAEL P.O.V.) I should have never left him alone
with Yves ! Now my foolishness has lost them both...I must put
it right! (HE MOUNTS)
ABBOTT And if I order against it?
ON CADFAEL who looks sullenly at the Father...
BACK ON THE ABBOTT
ABBOTT Then go with my blessing. (HE SIGNS THE
Cadfael smiles and spurs the horse on.
CADFAEL Thank you Father.
He travels on out the Abbey gate.
EXT. THE BANDIT CAMP (A CAVE)
One of the henchman is man-handling young Yves out into snow.
The Bandit chief comes up to him.
BANDIT CHIEF So...tell me. Where is your sister?
Bitten out your tongue on the way did you?
YVES I speak when I have something to say!
He grabs the boy by the left arm and twists it behind the
BANDIT CHIEF Where---is she? When I ask boy...wise men
YVES Do you think I would betray her into your hands?
So that she wind up the same way as Sister Hilaria?
The Bandit chief laughts.
YVES I seen what you did...you pig!
BANDIT CHIEF Pig am I? Then I better teach you how to
squeal! (He throws Yves to the ground) Warren! Make him
tell you where his sister is...break him if you have to...but no
lasting hurt...His uncle won't pay us, if the goods are damaged
The HENCHMAN takes Yves away.
EXT. A WOODED AREA - DAY
Cadfael walks toward A MAN WITH A DOG....HIS NAME IS DUTTON.
DUTTON Yeah! Oswin layed about here, brother. Almost
missed him in the snow.
CADFAEL And the brook where Sister Hilaria was
found...how far away is it...a mile?
CADFAEL WALKS AROUND HIM.
DUTTON About that.
CADFAEL WALKS TOWARD HIS HORSE AND TURNS.
CADFAEL Tell me...Master Dutton? Are there many places
here to that store fodder?
DUTTON There's a hut or two, we shepherds use.
Cadfael turn to the horse and pats and strokes its nose.
CADFAEL Where's the nearest?
EXT. THE HUT - DAY
Crows cawing, Cadfael leads his horse by the bridle through the
snow and toward the cabin like structure.
UP CLOSE as he begins to enter he sees something hanging
on a roof post nail. It looks like hair. He reaches up and takes
it off the nail. He then puts in his evidence bag. He then ducks
under the horses head and enters the hut.
INT. THE HUT
Cadfael enters cautiously...when a hand grabs him and pushes him
up against a wall. It is the SYRIAN KNIGHT...DU BRETAGN
DU BRETAGN I think I have the better of you, brother.
CADFAEL And I should think we should both had died!
LONG SHOT reveals Cadfael's dagger dangerously pointed at
the young knight's stomach.
DU BRETAGN Your quick!...for an old man.
CADFAEL And your over careless for a young on...
Always be aware of the unexpected stroke. ...Olivier!
OLIVIER You know my name....from Ermina of course. You
are also hunting for Yves and another.... I heard you call his
name in the forest... Oswin?
CADFAEL A brother of my house. He fell victum to the
CADFAEL MOVES TO THE MIDDLE OF THE ROOM. Olivier picks up
a traveling cloak.
OLIVIER I think both of them were here last night.
There were two sets of tracks..outside... I found this rolled up
in the straw.
He hands the cloak to Cadfael
CADFAEL Oswin's traveling cloak! He didn't have it on
when he left the Abbey.
Cadfael puts the cloak down and notices the straw...he
picks up a bit and examines it.
CADFAEL Clover. (HE DRAGS HIS FOOT ACROSS THE STRAW
STREWN FLOOR AND THEN STOPS; HE PICKS UP SOMETHING OFF THE
FLOOR.) A Nun's habit and and a wim pull. (HE HANDS THEM
OVER TO Olivier)
OLIVIER Blood! What does it mean?
CADFAEL Didn't Ermina tell you about her tutor, Sister
Hilaria? Theses belonged to her... She was raped and murdered!(TAKING
THE CLOTH) Then her body was disgarded...in a brook... near
here...about a half a mile away.
OLIVIER She was with your Brother Oswin.
Cadfael drops the clothing.
CADFAEL Yes. Well...Come! (HE STARTS TO LEAVE)
We'll see where these tracks will lead.
Olivier grabs his helmet and follows Cadfael out the door.
EXT. MOUNTAIN TERRAIN (THE OUTLAW HIDEOUT) - DAY
Its a LONG SHOT of Cadfael and Olivier on the twisting road
below the snow covered and barren mountain terrain.
CLOSE UP on horse tracks in the snow.
CADFAEL These are last night's tracks!
TWO SHOT on Cadfael and Olivier by the horse.
CADFAEL Many men on horses! As far as I can see!
OLIVIER ...And something abroad that dripped blood!
Slaughtered sheep perhaps.
CLOSE ON STAINS IN SNOW. CADFAEL BENDS DOWN AND PUTS A
SAMPLE OF IT ON HIS FINGER
CADFAEL Not unless they had red wine running through
OLIVIER You track well...for a monk. But I can follow
it from here...Yves is my charge.
CADFAEL ....and mine! And Oswin too! There was shadow
cast over him the night of Hilaria's death. It troubles me...
EXT. RIDGE ABOVE ENCAMPMENT - DAY
Cadfael and Olivier sneak up and peer down on the Thieve's
hideaway...one guard is seen walking away from their vantage
point. From their POV we scan the camp...there is some activity
below. The Bandit Chief exits a tent under them.
CADFAEL (whispering) I see no sign of Yves...or
OLIVIER Le Gaucher. I should have known.
CLOSE ON LE GAUCHER
CADFAEL (off camera) You know the man?
OLIVIER (off camera) Ah, yes, brother. I know
THEY SLIP BACK DOWN TO THEIR WAITING HORSES.
OLIVIER (very quietly) We were all sent
together into these lands... to search for Ermina and Yves by
the uncle... I was squire for Captain Renard.
CADFAEL Wait! You're telling me these bandits started
out as a rescue party. What happened?
OLIVIER Once out of their Lord's sight. Le Gaucher and
the rest mutinied and struck out for themselves. Only myself and
two others remained loyal. They attacked us as we slept.
CADFAEL How did you escape?
OLIVIER Le Gaucher's parting gift. (he opens his
CADFAEL You are wounded!
OLIVIER The other's were not so fortunate.
CADFAEL What happened to your Captain?
OLIVIER The first to die!
CADFAEL Your wound troubles you. Have you used
anything on it?
OLIVIER You have wisdom in such matters?
MED. TWO SHOT
CADFAEL A little.
Olivier brings a packet out from under his tunic.
OLIVIER An ungent of my own making. Centauri and the
mild yellow nettle.
CADFAEL I could do no better. You know your herbs.
OLIVIER It was my mother's art.
CADFAEL Tell me, Olivier...uh..this Captain of
yours...did he too, wear the tabard of the cross?
OLIVIER Oh yes! He led us to the Holy Land. You found
CADFAEL Yes. Olivier Le Gaucher takes no trouble to
conceal his evil. But tonight we shall strike a blow to even the
to Final Act...