Sovereign (Matthew Shardlake #3)
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
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
Sansom's characterizations are still very good and he delivers historical detail effortlessly. His action scenes are clumsy and unre...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
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
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
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
But I cannot go with a winge and a warning for those who pick this up without knowledge of the writer's voice (the book so easily to pick it up it seems as in every book shop it's right there before your eyes....more
Shardlake is stuck in York. He’s been sent by Archbishop Cranmer (one of the few church...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
This book, in particular, is hard on the dynasty, and the portrayals of the members of the English nobility, and...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
Autumn, 1541. King Henry VIII has set out on a spectacular Progress to the North to attend an extravagant submission of his rebellious subjects in York. Already in the city are lawyer Matthew Shardlake and his assistant Jack Barak. As well as assisting with legal work processing petitions to the King, Shardlake has reluctantly undertaken a special mission – to ensure the welfare of an important but dangerous conspirator being returned to London for interrogation. But the murder of a local glazie...more
This was not a book I expected to enjoy so much, although I was most impressed by his stand-alone "Winter in Madrid" about a different time and place.
The first part Dissolution dealt with the dissolution of a monastery during the reign of Henry VIII and crookback lawyer Matthew Shardlake's involvement in that and his ferreting out of the murderer of someone killed whilst he is there. The sec...more
It follows Henry VIII's progress to the North and the tensions between the more conservative north from those in the reforming south, especially after the Pilgrimage of Grace in 1536. As always in the Shardlake ser...more
The year is 1541. The setting is Henry VIII’s Progress to the North. A little remarked event, the Progress was designed to put an end to the rebellion of the Catholic Yorkists who rose up against their (hated) King in 1536. This rebellion, - the Pilgrimage of Grace - attracted up to 30,000 armed northerne...more
He came to promi...more