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  • The slight body under the brychans seemed to sink and slacken in one great sigh.

    A Caregiver's Homage To The Very Old

  • New brychans were piled on the beds, and the smell of good wool mingled with the newness of timber.

    His Disposition

  • The sparse contents of the chamber sprang sharply outlined from the dark, a rumpled bench bed against the rear wall, the brychans spilled over and dangling to the floor, the impression of a long body still discernible indenting the cover of the straw mattress.

    His Disposition

  • Cadfael was on his knees beside him, staunching with what linen he had to hand, padded beneath thick folds of brychans, the blood that flowed irresistibly from a great wound in the young man's side, under the heart.

    His Disposition

  • In the nave they had set up trestles on which to lay her, while they unwound the sheath of brychans they had used to keep her reliquary from injury.

    The Holy Thief

  • The shepherd let himself be led by the hand, and felt his way to one end of a long, slender burden well swathed in brychans.

    The Holy Thief

  • It was an hour more before Brother Winfrid and Brother Urien came striding along the headland with their burden of brychans and litter.

    The Potter's Field

  • As for the broken feet and ankles, Cadfael laboured over them for a long time after they had covered the rest of Brother Haluin with warmed brychans against simple death of cold, his body laid straight and shored securely every way to guard against the shock and pain of movement should he regain his senses.

    The Confession of Brother Haluin

  • The hall had emptied about them, all the bustle of activity withdrawn elsewhere, busy with pillows and brychans and the hospitable business of the kitchen.

    The Confession of Brother Haluin

  • Richard rolled himself warmly in his brychans and went to sleep.

    The Hermit of Eyton Forest


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