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Sovereign ❰Epub❯ ➜ Sovereign Author C.J. Sansom – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Autumn, King Henry VIII has set out on a spectacular Progress to the North to attend an extravagant submission by his rebellious subjects in YorkAlready in the city are lawyer Matthew Shardlake and h Autumn,King Henry VIII has set out on a spectacular Progress to the North to attend an extravagant submission by his rebellious subjects in YorkAlready in the city are lawyer Matthew Shardlake and his assistant Jack Barak As well as legal work processing petitions to the King, Shardlake has reluctantly undertaken a secret mission for Archbishop Cranmer to ensure the welfare of an important but dangerous conspirator who is to be returned to London for interrogationBut the murder of a York glazier involves Shardlake in deeper mysteries, connected not only to the prisoner in York Castle but to the royal family itself And when Shardlake and Barak stumble upon a cache of secret documents which could threaten the Tudor throne, a chain of events unfolds that will lead to Shardlake facing the most terrifying fate of the age.

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  • Hardcover
  • 583 pages
  • Sovereign
  • C.J. Sansom
  • English
  • 14 September 2019
  • 0670038318

About the Author: C.J. Sansom

Christopher John CJ Sansom is an English writer of crime novels He was born in and was educated at the University of Birmingham, where he took a BA and then a PhD in history After working in a variety of jobs, he decided to retrain as a solicitor He practised for a while in Sussex as a lawyer for the disadvantaged, before quitting in order to work full time as a writerHe came to prominence with his series set in the reign of Henry VIII in the th century, whose main character is the hunchbacked lawyer Matthew Shardlake Shardlake works on commission initially from Thomas Cromwell in Dissolution and Dark Fire and then Thomas Cranmer in Sovereign and RevelationThe BBC have commissioned an adaptation of Dissolution with the actor Kenneth Branagh set to star as Shardlake The rest of the Shardlake books are expected to follow C J Sansom has been consulted on the series, which is in the final stages of negotiation citation neededHe has also written Winter in Madrid, a thriller set in Spain in in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil WarDark Fire won the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger, awarded by the Crime Writers Association CWA Sansom himself was Very Highly Commended in the CWA Dagger in the Library award, for the Shardlake series from Wikipedia.



10 thoughts on “Sovereign

  1. Stephen Stephen says:

    TWO DESCRIPTIONS OF THE MATTHEW SHARDLAKE SERIES Description the First Take Sherlock Holmes and1 Crook his back Quasimodo style oh how I wanted to say bend it like Beckham instead, but I figure it s time we all move on from that one and make sure you include a nice hump 2 Surgically remove 92.7% of the arrogant, ego maniacal self love 3 Replace Watson with a street wise, well connected tough guy while deleting all hints of bromantic tension between the two 4 Change the setting f TWO DESCRIPTIONS OF THE MATTHEW SHARDLAKE SERIES Description the First Take Sherlock Holmes and1 Crook his back Quasimodo style oh how I wanted to say bend it like Beckham instead, but I figure it s time we all move on from that one and make sure you include a nice hump 2 Surgically remove 92.7% of the arrogant, ego maniacal self love 3 Replace Watson with a street wise, well connected tough guy while deleting all hints of bromantic tension between the two 4 Change the setting from Victorian England to the time of Henry VIII and the English Reformation where Reformers are engaged in a protracted struggle against the Papist supporters of the Roman Catholic Church 5 Switch localized and small time crimes and mysteries to vast political conspiracies with subtle, nuanced clues and a host of grey characters struggling against the wider canvas of the Reformation 6 Takeaway dumb, dorky stumbling blocks like Inspector Idiot savant minus the savant Lestrade and replace with rich, smart, capable, politically connected MEGAbastards with almost unlimited resources to cause mischief 7 Add and my apologies for Sir Arthur for this superbly crafted plots, rich, nuanced characterizations and deeply immersive historical settings and.YOU HAVE THE BRILLIANT MATTHEW SHARDLAKE SERIES BY C.J SANSOM WITH OODLES AND OODLES OF WIN Description the Second Take Sherlock Holmes andFirst beat him about the neck and chest with a burlap sack containing the full weight of his enormous ego until hot tears flow and he screams for Watson to bring him some cocaine and apologizes for being such arrogasshat pricktardo it s foreign but I think you can translate Second tell Watson to grow a pair, send Sir Author to a writer s workshop and finish Lestrade s lobotomy Ninja style ThenREAD THE MATTHEW SHARDLAKE SERIES BY THE LIGHT OF THE FIRE BURNING AWAY THE EVIDENCE OF SHERLOCK S MORE DREADFUL WARDROBE CHOICESI MEAN, THE HAT HAS TO GO 4.0 to 4.5 stars Okay, okay, that was a bit much and the Holmes stories are actually quite good However, I find the Matthew Shardlake series and the writing of C.J Sansom to be substantially better These are true blue historical mysteries that pull you completely into the time of the story in this case 1541 Sovereign is the 3rd book in the series there are currently five and follows after Dissolution and Dark Fire In this one, King Henry VIII is traveling to York on the famous Progress to the North to accept the submission of papist rebels and grant pardons for those involved Master Shardlake, an attorney, is sent ahead to York to assist with processing petitions to the King At least that is his public reason for being there Privately, he has been requested by Archbishop Cranmer to ensure the welfare of a dangerous conspirator and bring him safely from York to Londonso he can be properly tortured in the Tower of London Well, a murder occurring shortly after Matthew s arrival points to a vast conspiracy that could lead to disaster for the King and his family I will leave it there and just say that the intertwining plots and subplots are very well done and engrossing This is easily my favorite historical mystery series and among my favorite mystery series period.So why not 5 stars Okay, here is my only gripe The first book in the series was Dissolution and it was 320 pages long.AND NON STOP AWESOME FROM BEGINNING TO END Now, the last two books, Dark Fire and this have been almost TWICE as long Now, the mysteries and conspiracies have gotten bigger and so some additional length is certainly welcomed However, I still think that each of the last two stories are about 100 pages too long and so there are few parts that drag Thus, I can t quite give it 5 stars However, that is really a fairly minor quibble and some may even appreciate the stretching out of the narrative Regardless, this is a superior series and the writing and plotting are top drawer and will make you see 16th century England when you close your eyes Finally, Matthew Shardlake is an amazing character and acts as the perfect guide through these stories Honorable, brilliant, determined, practical and very efficient A GOOD MAN 4.0 stars HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

  2. PattyMacDotComma PattyMacDotComma says:

    4.5 I looked at the little houses along Petergate and thought again of the rule preventing citizens from casting sewage in the streets or in the river while the Progress was here It would be piling up in their backyards It was symbolic of the King s visit all glitter and show in front, a pile of turds behind My, how things have changed not, sadly Henry VIII s England C J Sansom drops you straight in it, stink and all I love the Matthew Shardlake series, but I find I have to come up f 4.5 I looked at the little houses along Petergate and thought again of the rule preventing citizens from casting sewage in the streets or in the river while the Progress was here It would be piling up in their backyards It was symbolic of the King s visit all glitter and show in front, a pile of turds behind My, how things have changed not, sadly Henry VIII s England C J Sansom drops you straight in it, stink and all I love the Matthew Shardlake series, but I find I have to come up for air before diving into the next book I find I also have to forgive some glaring anachronisms in dialogue I don t know how I get past them, but I do, and I remain just as immersed in the story as before the jolt of a modern phrase e.g the penny has dropped from the 1930s The rest rings so true that it compensates for any lapses It does mean I rounded down to 4 stars instead of up to 5, though.Henry VIII with his new queen Catherine Howard, aged 18 , their household and a cast of thousands are on a slow procession a progress to York and the North It is promoted as a good will trip, but it s really Henry s show of power The peasants have to provide all the food, contribute to a stash of gold to be presented to the King, and put up with their fields being muddied and trashed by soldiers and others camping in them Shardlake and his young offsider, Jack Barak, are also on a mission for Archbishop Cranmer his former employer, Thomas Cromwell having been beheaded recently , who has given Shardlake his seal to assure him safe passage and entry into the city At York Castle, he reports to Master Radwinter and looks out the window of his office The moat is surrounded by reeds, and Radwinter explains that they are being gathered to make rushlights But who are the people standing in the water, picking at their legsThey re gathering the leeches that bite them, for the apothecaries It must be a miserable occupation, standing deep in mud waiting for those things to bite Their legs must be covered in little scarsHe turned to me, his eyes looking into mineAs the body of England is covered in the scars left by the great leech of RomeNo lack of occupations for those with strong stomachs, it seems A rather forward, quite lovely, young woman cleverly contrives to meet them, as she seems to have her eye on Barak, and he is easily smitten Shardlake is understandably suspicious, and when it transpires that she s part of the Queen s household, he is evennervous Tamasin becomes a major character in this story, as do the women she works for who report to the Queen.The King s Progress progresses, with the nobility clad in extravagant finery while the regular folk are mostly pretty grubby The divide between wealth and poverty was like the divide between humans and livestock Farmers and peasants were on the land at the pleasure of the landowners the nobles As I mentioned before, in some places, things are still just as bad.Lest I make this sound like nothing but misery and torture oh, I forgot to mention that, didn t I Yes, bones hanging from a loft where a man had died slowly, in chains, and finally been picked clean, while various body parts of other miscreants or just someone who was out of favour at the wrong time decorate bridges and pikes and fences everywhere And part of Shardlake s assignment is to look after and transport a prisoner to London where he will be tortured in the tower Keep him alive long enough to be tortured Not what he had in mind for a career but he needs the money.Where was I Yes, lest this sound like only misery and torture, I must add that the story has plenty of intrigue, plots, suggested dalliances between the very young queen 18 and her former suitors, and some interesting personal developments between Shardlake, Barak, an elderly lawyer, and Tamasin, who thinks she s the illegitimate daughter of a gentleman of importance And of course there is Shardlake s secret mission for the Archbishop.Shardlake is always noticeably avoided because of his hunched back, but Jack Barak can move in and out of pubs and chat to the locals But they are considered southron heretics , so even he has to be careful The King has banned any signs of the old religion Catholic , but the North hasn t taken kindly to the message Shardlake doesn t follow either side now, but keeps that to himself Still, when the King s procession arrives, and he stands with the lawyers to present the local cases, he is overcome.It was foolish, I that had once had Thomas Cromwell for a friend and confronted Richard Rich and the Duke of Norfolk, reduced to such a jelly Yet this was not an official or nobleman I was approaching now This was God s anointed on earth, Head of His Church, guardian of the souls of three million subjects,than human in his glory In those few seconds I believed it all.It s like a cult A cult devised to excuse divorce, and eventually excused everything As Archbishop Cranmer saysThe harsh measures the King takes are necessary Do not forget he is chosen by God, appointed by Him to guide England into the paths of wisdom and truthI won t dwell on the harsh measures, but I will mention the author s note.What is still true astonishingly, in the twenty first century is that Queen Elizabeth II retains the title Henry VIII took for himself Supreme Governor of the Church of England, Defender of the Faith and in theory at least God s chosen representative in England.I d rather her than Henry VIII as the British monarch I m an Aussie, and we re still part of the Commonwealth , but I look forward to readingof Matthew Shardlake s adventures with that unpredictable, dangerous ruler I love and recommend this series Just remove your nit picking language editor s hat

  3. Sean Barrs Sean Barrs says:

    We all know what it s like to anticipate something so much that we are literally shaking with excitement Shardlake had similar feelings about meeting his king he couldn t wait to behold the presence of King Henry VIII Except when that moment finally comes it almost breaks Shardlake in two What does the obese tyrant do to cause such a reaction Well he publicly humiliates Shardlake by mocking his appearance because clearly the king is the very essence of physical perfection, clearly he is no We all know what it s like to anticipate something so much that we are literally shaking with excitement Shardlake had similar feelings about meeting his king he couldn t wait to behold the presence of King Henry VIII Except when that moment finally comes it almost breaks Shardlake in two What does the obese tyrant do to cause such a reaction Well he publicly humiliates Shardlake by mocking his appearance because clearly the king is the very essence of physical perfection, clearly he is not beyond such vain fuelled low blows as Shardlake presumedSee the other lawyer by his side, the one that dropped his cap I know he is a southron, see what a poor bent bottled spider he appears This may not seem like an overly terrible thing, but if you lived your entire life with such a strong insecurity, and then to have that same insecurity picked on by your king, it s like being struck with an iron fist Shardlake does nothing but internalise such a comment making his self esteem even lower The comment almost makes him forget about his new mission, one that is rather mundane, but the plot picks up when a murder occurs in the king s camp Shardlake can then do what he does best He begins to investigate and finds some rather intriguing papers full of mystery and danger Several attempts are made upon his own life in order to insure the secrets remain hidden They smell of betrayal and dynastical forgery they suggest that the current Tudor line is completely invalid due to Henry s maternal grandfather Edward IV being a bastard born of a low born archer rather than the offspring of Richard Duke of York Such material is politically sensitive to say the least Shardlake begins to regret even finding such papers He wants nothing to do with such intrigue And who can blame him This is dirty stuff He wants noof the King s ire But somehow he knows this is linked to the original murder So the two separate cases begin to intertwine and overlap He questions, question and questions someto get his answers And, as ever, the plot becomes rather intense The mystery is made dense by so many political schemers and conniving courtiers out to serve their own interests There are so many leads, so many trails to follow The hard part is decided what is relevant and what is irrelevant hearsay But this is no chap murder mystery The plot is lavishly detailed and perfectly drawn out This is the best Shardlake book so far, as Sansom balances historical intrigue with detail and excitement This series just gets better and better Matthew Shardlake Series1 Dissolution A suspense filled four stars.2 Dark Fire A dark 3.5 stars3 Sovereign A solid 4.5 stars

  4. Matt Matt says:

    C.J Sansom continues to develop his great set of historical mysteries, all set during the Tudor era With Thomas Cromwell executed, Matthew Shardlake is in definite limbo, trying to distance himself from his one time superior while keeping a legal practice running effectively The Cromwell void is filled soon thereafter when Archbishop Cranmer turns to Shardlake and asks that he make his way to York, where King Henry VIII will soon travel Still reeling from the clashes with the Crown, York is C.J Sansom continues to develop his great set of historical mysteries, all set during the Tudor era With Thomas Cromwell executed, Matthew Shardlake is in definite limbo, trying to distance himself from his one time superior while keeping a legal practice running effectively The Cromwell void is filled soon thereafter when Archbishop Cranmer turns to Shardlake and asks that he make his way to York, where King Henry VIII will soon travel Still reeling from the clashes with the Crown, York is a political zone that simmers with uncertainty, requiring that Shardlake and his new assistant, Barak, always watch themselves Arriving in York, Shardlake senses that things may not be as troubling as Cranmer posited, seeing a community ready to celebrate with their King However, when the death of a local glazier appears to be foul play, Shardlake and Barak cannot help but look into it, for the sake of the country s safety The victim appears to have fallen from a ladder, but there is surelyto it, which is substantiated when Shardlake discovers a box of documents He and Barak ponder how to get into them and, once opened, the cache reveals something that Shardlake could not have imagined Documents discussing the Tudor bloodline and some mention of the past King Richard, a close descendant to the current Henry VIII Before Shardlake can process what he has glimpsed, he is attacked and the documents disappear With two mysteries to occupy his time, Shardlake begins his own investigation, though tries to keep the peace when the King arrives to celebrate with his subjects Dodging death on numerous occasions, Shardlake begins to wonder if the murderer has a determination that will not be sated and seeks to reveal a stunning truth about the legitimacy of the Tudor line With Barak by his side, Shardlake tries to piece it all together without becoming another victim, while York remains a volatile spot for any southerner A well developed mystery that holds the reader s attention until the final pages, allowing Sansom to use history to his advantage Recommended for those who love a historical mystery, particularly the reader with a passion for all things Tudor.This is a wonderfully deep andintricate mystery series that forces me to think while also enjoying the narrative Steeped in history and developments of the time, C.J Sansom chooses to educate while entertaining with a nuance filled narrative The story helped to open my eyes to some of the Tudor history, particularly that during the War of the Roses, with York at the centre of all Sansom also hinted at a littleof the backstory related to Matthew Shardlake, a welcome addition to any piece A gritty and determined legal mind, Shardlake finds himself in the middle of upheaval, with Henry VIII getting rid of the stain of Thomas Cromwell as he advances on his tumultuous search for a male heir by lusting for anything with breasts Shardlake must hold his tongue and forge onwards as best he can, hoping that he is one step ahead of his critics throughout Sansom shows a man still humbled by his hunchback when exploring Matthew Shardlake, taking some time to talk about a childhood that was tough, when seen through the lens of other children, less understanding of difference and wanting to carve out their own identity Still, Shardlake faces adversity in this new land York where many challenge his veracity and capability, as though his back is indicative of feeble mindedness Shardlake develops a strong attention to detail when it comes to the law, as well as being a wonderful investigator Having moved the story so far away from London, there are countless others whose presence throughout the novel help enrich the narrative, particularly the contrast between northern and southern sentiment about many things These characters serve various purposes and the banter is highly educational while also keeping the reader from getting too serious about the reading experience Sansom has a wonderful way of weaving his characters into a glorious tapestry and will not disappoint The novel is strong and well paced, opening yetTudor and English history, while questioning what many feel they know Sansom captures these intricacies while offering a stellar mystery to keep the reader enthralled The novel is by no means out of the realm of any reader, though its depth and analysis can sometimes give it a deeper andintense feel Peeling back the layers of history and the pace required to digest it all, this is a wonderful story for the patient reader I am eager that I gave the series another chance and want to get to the core of the Sansom reading experience, with Matthew Shardlake at its centre Kudos, Mr Sansom, for keeping the story strong and highly entertaining I cannot wait to see what you have in store next, so I ll rush to get my hands on another novel Love hate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge

  5. HBalikov HBalikov says:

    You have rescued him from suspicion, Brother Shardlake I would not have anyone under false suspicion Even Radwinter Maleverer s smile turned into a cruel smirk Jesu, sir, you are a righteous prig I wish I could afford your scruples For most histories, the Progress to the North of 1541 is given little comment Yet, this was a critical time for Henry VIII in securing his rule after he had disposed of his handyman Thomas Cromwell C.J Sansom gives us many of the intimate details of th You have rescued him from suspicion, Brother Shardlake I would not have anyone under false suspicion Even Radwinter Maleverer s smile turned into a cruel smirk Jesu, sir, you are a righteous prig I wish I could afford your scruples For most histories, the Progress to the North of 1541 is given little comment Yet, this was a critical time for Henry VIII in securing his rule after he had disposed of his handyman Thomas Cromwell C.J Sansom gives us many of the intimate details of this procession, through his character, Matthew Shardlake and his task which sends him from London to meet the Progress at York, the center for the previous rebellion.Shardlake is told This is not a game It is to show these barbarian papists the power and glory of the king Henry no longer prefers to be addressed as Your Grace he now favors Your Majesty.As the title alludes to, this book is about the King, Henry VIII The thing that has hovered over the monarchy for years is still an issue It was something that Shardlake was familiar with since his time with Thomas Cromwell Queen Catherine was in her forties, past child bearing, and she had not given the King a male heir Unless he could marry a younger woman who might provide an heir, the Tudor dynasty would die with him And there were many of us who thought the only way to preserve true religion in England was for Queen Catherine to do what the Pope himself had suggested to her go into a nunnery, allow the King to marry again Foolish, obstinate woman By insisting God intended her to be married to the King until death, she brought about the very revolution to religion she hated and feared One of Shardlake s tasks is to assure that a prisoner is not abused before he can be brought back to the Tower of London and interrogated by the King s experts Yet, not long after he arrives in York, a puzzling death takes place that demands his attention This places him and his clerk, Barak in greater danger The plot takes us through multiple attempts on his life while he searches for the killer or killers.and why there is need for any killing The pace is slow and I am sure some who reviewed this book were bored with all the wandering around town This is the nature of detection and getting to know the town is part of that Yet the book is over 550 pages and you have to have a desire to be immersed in Tudor life or it isn t worth the effort Is this paragraph necessary We walked to Stonegate as the sun and city came to life, keeping under the eaves as people opened their windows and threw the night s piss into the streets The shopkeepers appeared in their doorways and the noise of their shutters banging open accompanied our passage Perhaps, unnecessary to the plot, but part of what informs and illuminates life in Tudor times.This is history for where Shardlake finds himself now, in York, with the King and his new Queen after Anne Boleyn and several others and a rebellion having been quelled The King is determined to stamp out any remnants of the rebellion and to assure that His Church of England is the only Christian church extant That is part of Shardlake s role in York to see that a noble prisoner is well cared for and fit to be brought back to London for Henry s inquisitors.Those are not easy tasks under the best of circumstances Here, the rich detail of the venues slows down the plot to a pleasant stroll through York and then builds its momentum so that, by the time Shardlake, gets back to London about 100 pages from the end we are caught in a maelstrom of politics, greed, veniality, and mayhem To those who have read other historical books of the period Wolf Hall among them the names will be familiar the Howards the Seymours the Parrs the Dudleys and, of course, Richard Rich The plot gathers speed at the end like an avalanche and false assumptions are swept away in the final chapters Very satisfying.In addition, we learn a lotabout Shardlake s relationship to his father and his growing up in the countryside Sansom s take on the court politics and the use of legal documents in Tudor times is interesting and informative I know that my GR friend, Beata, enjoys these details as much as I do

  6. Kerri Kerri says:

    I took longer to get to this book than I meant to, but I m pleased I finally did I really love this series, it s utterly gripping There are times when something is mentioned and I think, Surely not but a quick Google often confirms it A spoiler free example of this is the practice of hanging people in chains An awful thing to consider Of course this is historical fiction, so I really appreciate C.J Sansom s Historical Note at the end of the book, which provides some helpful information I took longer to get to this book than I meant to, but I m pleased I finally did I really love this series, it s utterly gripping There are times when something is mentioned and I think, Surely not but a quick Google often confirms it A spoiler free example of this is the practice of hanging people in chains An awful thing to consider Of course this is historical fiction, so I really appreciate C.J Sansom s Historical Note at the end of the book, which provides some helpful information I can t say I ever looked at King Henry VIII as a likeable figure, but I ve come to despise him Over the course of three Shardlake books, he s solidified in my mind as a rather vile and detestable man, who highlights many of the reasons why I find the idea of royalty quite absurd Matthew Shardlake is a character I really like, and I enjoy getting to see Tudor England through his eyes The mysteries are engaging and unexpected, and I find myself rapidly turning the pages to try and work out what the heck is happening I wont be letting such a long time pass before I start the next book

  7. Gary Gary says:

    The third in the Matthew Shardlake series takes us to York , in the midst of Henry VIII s brutal supression of Northern England known as the Progress.Matthew Sharlake comes face to face with Henry s reign of terror and the machinations of his henchman such as the conniving Sir Richard Rich the book revealing Henry as a cruel tyrant , while discovering embaraasing facts that put his life in danger , and keep us speculating in an excellent cross between historical and detective novel.The sights The third in the Matthew Shardlake series takes us to York , in the midst of Henry VIII s brutal supression of Northern England known as the Progress.Matthew Sharlake comes face to face with Henry s reign of terror and the machinations of his henchman such as the conniving Sir Richard Rich the book revealing Henry as a cruel tyrant , while discovering embaraasing facts that put his life in danger , and keep us speculating in an excellent cross between historical and detective novel.The sights , sounds and smells of Tudor England are brought to life as are the violent conflict in the England at the time between traditionalists and reformers in the church , the repercusions of which would continue for centuries to come , to rock England and cause wars and turmoil.In this novel we read of the tragic fate of Catherine Howard , Henry s fifth young wife.Also interesting is the story of Jack Barak , and his secret Jewish ancestry.Barak , a brawling street boy who , became a clerk to Thomas Cromwell , is constantly by Shardlake s side , and in this novel, finds the love of the pretty and pert Tamasin Reedbourne , and attendant to noblewoman Mistress Jennet Marlin , who herself is a central character in the intrigue.Great characterization and a fast paced story line which provides for a compelling read

  8. Bettie Bettie says:

    is via R4 dramatisation Atmospheric dramatisation of C J Sansom s third Tudor crime novel featuring hunchback lawyer detective Matthew Shardlake.Autumn, 1541 King Henry VIII has set out on a spectacular Royal Progress to York, aiming to strike fear and awe into his rebellious northern subjects Shardlake, and his assistant Barak, arrive in the city a day ahead of the 3,000 strong procession Officially there to prepare petitions for the King, t is via R4 dramatisation Atmospheric dramatisation of C J Sansom s third Tudor crime novel featuring hunchback lawyer detective Matthew Shardlake.Autumn, 1541 King Henry VIII has set out on a spectacular Royal Progress to York, aiming to strike fear and awe into his rebellious northern subjects Shardlake, and his assistant Barak, arrive in the city a day ahead of the 3,000 strong procession Officially there to prepare petitions for the King, they have also been tasked with a secret mission by Archbishop Cranmer to ensure the welfare of one of the northern conspirators, Sir Edward Broderick, who is to be brought back to London for questioning in the Tower. 1 10 Tensions are running high in the city, and soon Shardlake is called to investigate a suspicious death and stumbles upon a daring plot that has the potential to shake England to its core 2 10 After settling into their living quarters, Shardlake witnesses a man fall to a terrible death and, on hearing his last words, feels sure it wasthan an unfortunate accident 3 10 After meeting with fellow lawyer Wrenne, Shardlake and Barak decide to go back to Oldroyd s house and see if they can find something to confirm Shardlake s suspicion that there wasto the glazier s death than a terrible accident 4 10 Autumn, 1541 King Henry VIII s spectacular Royal Progress is drawing closer to York Shardlake and his assistant Barak have arrived in the city ahead of the 3,000 strong procession Officially there to prepare petitions for the King, they have also been tasked with a secret mission by Archbishop Cranmer to ensure the welfare of one of the conspirators, Sir Edward Broderick, who is to be brought back to London for questioning in the Tower.But they have become distracted from their duties by the mysterious death of a local glazier, Oldroyd, and Shardlake has been attacked by an unknown assailant who then stole papers from a box found hidden in Oldroyd s house Bruised and smarting from tough questioning by Sir William Maleverer, Shardlake prepares to ride out to meet King Henry VIII.5 10 Reeling from his public humiliation at the hands of King Henry, Shardlake returns to York knowing that it will haunt him for the rest of his life His troubles aren t over, however, because an old enemy is waiting to see him Sir Richard Rich.6 10 Shardlake has been left badly shaken by the attempt upon his life Fearing for his safety, he hopes to convince Sir William Maleverer that he should be sent back to London.7 10 Shardlake, aided by his trusty assistant Barak, is determined to pursue his own investigations into Oldroyd s murder and the theft of the treasonous papers as well as to discover who has been trying to kill him Their inquiries lead them to a rough part of York, in search of information about Craike.8 10 After the second attempt upon his life, Shardlake is convinced that the stolen papers with their allegations against the King hold the key to the whole mystery.9 10 With the killer unmasked and his final duty caring for the prisoner, Broderick almost complete, Shardlake is glad to be heading returning south with the Progress But when the ship docks in London, he receives a shocking summons 10 10 Falsely accused of treason and unable to answer the gaoler s questions, Shardlake awaits his fate in the Tower of London Can Barak convince Archbishop Cranmer that the allegations are false and save him from the torture chamber I got to hiss, boo, and shake both fists at Dickie Rich all over again Come on BBC give us the whole book series as TV drama, you have the costumes from Mantel s epic.11 Things you didn t know about King Henry VIII s Great Progress Shardlake Justin SalingerBarak Bryan DickMaleverer Stephen CritchlowRadwinter David ActonBroderick Nick UnderwoodWrenne Geoffrey WhiteheadCraike Patrick BrennanRich Chris PavloInnkeeper Mark Edel Hunt

  9. Susan Susan says:

    This is the third Matthew Shardlake novel, following on from Dissolution and Dark Fire Shardlake is now a muchestablished character, with Jack Barak as his foil and sidekick, and this is a muchassured novel which, considering how excellent the first two books are is very impressive It is 1541 and, after the fall of Cromwell, Shardlake has gone back to his law practice and has taken Barak on to work with him They are not the only ones to remember Thomas Cromwell though it is ru This is the third Matthew Shardlake novel, following on from Dissolution and Dark Fire Shardlake is now a muchestablished character, with Jack Barak as his foil and sidekick, and this is a muchassured novel which, considering how excellent the first two books are is very impressive It is 1541 and, after the fall of Cromwell, Shardlake has gone back to his law practice and has taken Barak on to work with him They are not the only ones to remember Thomas Cromwell though it is rumoured that the King himself regrets losing such a loyal and competent servant Shardlake had hoped his days of being involved in the Court are behind him, but he is asked by no less than Archbishop Cranmer, who had been told by Cromwell himself of his discretion, to escort a prisoner from York to London.Henry is making a Progress in the North A conspirator, Sir Edward Broderick, is being sent from York to the Tower of London and Shardlake is told to ensure he arrives safely within the Tower walls However, shortly after arriving in York, Shardlake hears a scream and finds a glazier has been killed Before he dies, he tells Shardlake, no child of Henry and Catherine Howard can ever be true heir Unwillingly, Shardlake is told to investigate by Maleverer a crony of his old enemy Richard Rich Soon, Shardlake is trapped in an unenviable situation forced to deal with a conspiracy which strikes at the very heart of the succession to the throne, embroiled in treason and with his life in increasing danger, whilst also having to try to keep Broderick alive and well in order to face torture in London The characters in this novel are a mix of real and fictional, but they are all so well cast, that it is impossible to say which is which There is the sadistic jailer, Radwinter, Jennet Marlin, a member of the Queen s servants, young Tamasin Reedbourne, who catches Barak s eye, Lady Rochester former wife of George Boleyn the new young Queen Catherine, who is way out of her depth, the arrogant young men who surround her, including Culpepper and Dereham, and the elderly lawyer, Giles Wrenne, who befriends Shardlake Indeed, Shardlake needs a friend in this book With Barak busy being in love, under pressure from Maleverer and Rich, with several attempts on his life and humiliated by King Henry himself, this really makes you face the reality of the Tudor world We are taken behind the pomp to the backstage of Court life, from the grandeur of the King to the vicious reality of power even to the real fear and horror of torture in the dungeons beneath the Tower itself A wonderful read in a brilliant series

  10. Phrynne Phrynne says:

    This is such a good series Let me quote the comment from the Sunday Times on the cover of the book So compulsive that,until you reach the final page, you ll have to be almost physically prised away from it I so agree I just wanted to curl up in a corner somewhere and read until I had finished all 653 pages of it without stopping Of course life isn t like that and I did have to put it down but I rushed back to it as soon as I could every time In this episode Thomas Cromwell has gone to h This is such a good series Let me quote the comment from the Sunday Times on the cover of the book So compulsive that,until you reach the final page, you ll have to be almost physically prised away from it I so agree I just wanted to curl up in a corner somewhere and read until I had finished all 653 pages of it without stopping Of course life isn t like that and I did have to put it down but I rushed back to it as soon as I could every time In this episode Thomas Cromwell has gone to his maker and Matthew now reports to Archbishop Cranmer The author s descriptions of Tudor England seem so realistic and the hardships and brutality of life at that time ring very true Beautifully written, an intriguing story and believable characters whatcould you want An easy five stars

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