Sovereign (Matthew Shardlake #3)
The third installment of C. J. Sansom's acclaimed Matthew Shardlake mystery series
C. J . Sansom has garnered a wider audience and increased critical praise with each new novel published. His first book in the Matthew Shardlake series, Dissolution, was selected by P. D. James in The Wall Street Journal as one of her top-five all-time favorite books. Now in Sovereign, Shard...more
Description the First:
Take Sherlock Holmes and...
1. 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...more
Sansom, C.J. – 3rd in series
*** Lawyer Matthew Shardlake and his assistant Jack Barak are sent to York to ensure the welfare of a prisoner being returned to London for interrogation. Matthew is also to assist with processing legal partitions King Henry VIII during the King’s Progress to York. When local glazier is killed, Matthew and Jack uncover a locked box containing several papers, including a genealogical chart. Before Matthew...more
This is the third in the series of Matthew Shardlake adventures and, in my opinion, the best so far. As usual, the lawyer embarks on a dual, dangerous mission, and can trust nobody save, perhaps, his faithful assistant, Barak.
At every turn there is murder, mystery and suspense. Shardlake appears to have many more lives that the nine that are generally accredited to a cat. It is amazing that he survives each day.
Most of this story is set in York, and revolves around the...more
This time he and his assistant Jack Barak are sent to York in the north of England where King Henry VIII and his latest wife, Catherine Howard arrive on a spectacular progress.
Matthew has been employed by Archbishop Cranmer to protect a prisoner accused of treason and conspiracy against the king and make sure that he arrives safe...more
Sansom's characterizations are still very good and he delivers historical detail effortlessly. His action scenes are clumsy and unre...more
In Dissolution, reformist Matthew Shardlake works with Thomas Cromwell to investigate the death of a royal commissioner; in Dark Fire, he defends a young woman accused of murder. Critics agree that Sovereign is as good as, or even better than, its predecessors. Themes of political ruses, conspiracy, religious fanaticism, and murder, combined with sophisticated plotting, meticulously researched details, and convincing characters (including a cruel, paranoid Henry) recreate the repression, tyranny...more
If you like historical mysteries...
If you like Royal intrigue...
If you like conspiracies...
If you like books that set the scene...
If you like your fiction with a grain of truth...
If you have a school girl crush on a " crookback" ( ok this is optional) then this is the book for you.
Though this is the third book in C.J. Sansom's masterful Matthew Shardlake series I believe this book could stand alone.
This is the third book I have read in this series and for me, it is the best one so far. A rich tapestry of history and character development that is hard to beat.
In this instalment of Sansom's Matthew Shardlake series, Shardlake and Barak find themselves in York awaiting the Royal Progress of Henry VIII. Shardlake is ordered by Archbishop Cranmar to assist a senior York lawyer, Giles Wrenne, in organising and presenting petitions to the King on his arri...more
You've got your standard collection of corrupt and incompetent officials, with a bit of torture to spice the dish. A ne...more
I literally read every single word and digested the information before me and, along the way, doing a lot of research into the dreadful King Henry VIII and his family tree.
I love history, especially Kings and Queens, and had never realised what a terrible man Henry actually was. However given the fact that he took great delight in having two of his wives beheaded and gave the...more
Archbishop Cranmer asks Shardlake to be responsible for the welfare of a conspirator called Broderick and to escort him from York to London. also approaching York at the time is Henry VIII on his progress, a tour of the rebellious North to seek new oaths from the people there and to show force to limit any armed uprisings too.
Shortly after he arrives a glazier dies...more
I loved the first two books in the series. In this one, Matthew has been dragged into a situation he doesn't want to be in, AGAIN. OK, that is what it is. But he keeps making his situation worse by doing the most stupid, and dangerous, things. He tells the authorities what the dying man said, although he...more
King Henry and his Queen of one year, Katherine Howard, are off to the North on a Royal tour, where a dangerous anti-reformist has been captured and imprisoned.
Thomas Cranmer has sympathy for the lawyer and sends him off to York to secure the well-being of the prisoner,...more
Matthew's job is complicated when a glazier dies and Matthew believes it was not an accident.
The story seemed slow at first. Lots of ruminating about clues and people. Once the King and hi...more
Sovereign is the third book in the Matthew Shadlake series. Matthew, a reserved lawyer in Tudor England, and his street-smart assistant Barak are sent to York to accomplish several complicated tasks for Archbishop Crammer. The plot thickens when a glazier is murdered and political conspiracies about, all of which sharp witted and nosy Matthew is compelled to untangle. This book works very well as both a mystery and
as lively historical fiction. I liked both of the earlier books,...more
Crookback London lawyer Matthew Shardlake and his assistant Jack Barak are...more
After his patron Thomas Cromwell's death Shardlake hopes to practice law and remain outside of politics, but he's called upon by Archbishop Cranmer to escort a prisoner from York to London, and becomes embroiled in the shady politics surrounding the aging King Henry, his fifth wife Catherine Howard, and separately the roiling, growing rebellion against Henry's increasingly cruel reformist regime.
As in the other books, Sansom makes...more
This time, most of the action takes place in York, the destination of a spectacular Progress undertaken by Henry and his court. It is 1541 and the Progress has been organised in an attempt to finally subdue rebellion in the North of England. Matthew Shardlake and his assistant Jack Barak have gone to York to conduct legal business connected with the king, altho...more
If you ahe not read any Shardlake starts out as a strong reformist working for Cromwell during the dissolution of the monasteries. In Dissolution he has to investigate a murder in a monastery. in Darkfire it is the pursuit of Greek Fire which once again brings him into the political stage.
This third novel follows on a year after the events of Dark Fire. Shardlake has to catch up with the 1541 King's Progress to the North at York (the aim of which were t...more
I've just finished reading the last of the first four Shardlake books by C.J.Sansom. I discovered them earlier on in the year and have been working steadily through them until now. They follow the life of a hunchbacked lawyer in the sixteenth century. The first book begins shortly after the execution of Ann Boleyn. Shardlake is a sympathetic character rapidly becoming disillusioned with his former reformist beliefs by the maelstrom of politics, religion, greed and courtly intr...more
He came to promi...more